By Lawrence Richard
Elon Musk took to Twitter early Tuesday morning to criticize several lawmakers that sat on the House Committee Investigating the Capitol Riots on Jan. 6, accusing them of “misleading the public.”
Responding to someone else’s tweet that accused former Reps. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. and Adam Kinzinger, R- Ill., along with Congressman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., of being “liars,” Musk affirmed the lawmakers were guilty of withholding evidence and said their actions were “deeply wrong.”
“Besides misleading the public, they withheld evidence for partisan political reasons that sent people to prison for far more serious crimes than they committed,” Musk wrote.
He added: “That is deeply wrong, legally and morally.”
The House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol released its final report earlier this year and formally disbanded.
Besides misleading the public, they withheld evidence for partisan political reasons that sent people to prison for far more serious crimes than they committed.
That is deeply wrong, legally and morally.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 7, 2023
Its report condemned former President Donald Trump and lambasted Republicans in the chamber for allegedly encouraging the riots that resulted in several deaths, injuries to law enforcement officers and others, as well as property damage.
On Monday evening, Fox News host Tucker Carlson revealed he was in possession of over 40,000 hours of exclusive, new footage from the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, given to him by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
During “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the host released never-before-seen clips from that collection throughout the segment, which appeared to contrast some of the committee’s final report and inherent claims.
Carlson claimed the footage was proof that lawmakers and the media were “lying” about the events that took place on Jan. 6.
The first batch of clips showed “sightseers,” as Carlson put it, peacefully touring the Capitol building.
Other clips showed Capitol Police officers escorting Jacob Chansley, a Navy veteran widely referred to in the media as the “QAnon Shaman,” through several hallways without incident.
Carlson even said that officers were even opening doors for him, with none of them slowing him down, he said.
In another tweet, Musk called the new footage “shocking indeed.”
Chansley, whose full name is Jacob Anthony Angeli Chansley, was federally charged and sentenced to nearly four years in prison for “knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.”
“If he was in fact committing such a grave crime, why didn’t the officers who were standing right next to him place him under arrest?” Carlson asked, noting at least nine officers were standing with or near him at some point.
If the police escorted him and opened doors for him, he didn’t enter any restricted areas.. We also haven’t seen him act violently in any way.