New January 6 Video Watched 2M Times in Four Hours

A video showing previously unseen footage of the events of January 6, 2021 was viewed on Twitter almost two million times in the first four hours after it was shared by the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot.

The 10-minute video includes security camera footage showing staffers fleeing from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's office during the storming of the Capitol.

The House Select Committee held its first public, televised hearing in prime time on Thursday with committee chair, Representative Bennie Thompson, and vice chair, Representative Liz Cheney, outlining what the committee would present in the coming days.

Trump Supporters Inside the Capitol
Supporters of former President Donald Trump protest inside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021. The House Select Committee has been shown previously unseen footage from January 6. Brent Stirton/Getty Images

In the video's never-before-seen footage, one of the Capitol rioters can be seen using a megaphone and reading out a tweet from then President Donald Trump. The tweet criticized then Vice President Mike Pence, saying he would not attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election when he presided over the certification of Electoral College votes on January 6.

Security camera footage showed that at 2.28 p.m. on January 6, dozens of staffers in McCarthy's office fled while at the same time rioters clashed with police outside the Capitol building.

The video includes what appeared to be a radio transmission from one of the Capitol's security personnel saying: "We need an area for these House members. They're all walking over there now through the tunnels."

The Select Committee shared the video to its official Twitter account at 10.12 p.m. EDT on Thursday and it had been viewed almost two million times within about four hours.

At the beginning of the video, a woman wearing a Trump hat and gathered with pro-Trump protesters at the Lincoln Memorial says: "I am not allowed to say what's going to happen today because everyone's just gonna have to watch for themselves. But it's gonna happen. Something's gonna happen."

Representative Liz Cheney, vice chair of the Select Committee and the Republican representing Wyoming's at-large congressional district, said at the Thursday hearing that the Trump White House had been informed in advance of possible violence on January 6.

She pointed to a tweet Trump had sent on December 19, 2020 encouraging his supporters to come to Washington, D.C. for a protest on January 6 while also pointing to false claims of voter fraud in the election.

"This tweet initiated a chain of events, the tweet led to the planning for what occurred on Jan. 6 including by the Proud Boys who ultimately led the invasion of the Capitol and the violence on that day," Cheney said.

Cheney went on: "Although certain former Trump officials have argued they did not anticipate violence on Jan. 6, the evidence suggests otherwise."

"As you will see in our hearings, the White House was receiving specific reports in the days leading up to Jan. 6, including during President Trump's Ellipse rally, indicating that elements in the crowd were preparing for violence at the Capitol," the Republican said.