Greene, who previously pushed for the public release of the videos, told Real America’s Voice on Friday that she was concerned the footage would expose weaknesses in the complex and unjustly endanger protesters who were not committing any crimes.
“This is our real concern with the videotapes. If we released these videotapes just widely for the public — number one, we put the security of the Capitol at risk because there’s over 1,700 video cameras,” Greene said.
“Number two, we also endanger many Americans that were simply standing on the Capitol grounds, maybe never even walked through the Capitol or committed any crimes, but they could have just walked further than where the barrier was simply because the barrier was torn down by the time they got there,” she added.
Greene said she was also concerned that left-wing “sedition hunters” could use facial recognition software on the 44,000 hours of footage to identify “innocent” people who only stood at the Capitol on Jan. 6 and still turn them over to the FBI or Justice Department.
The change comes a day after the Georgia congresswoman said House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) would give unfettered access to the tapes to three news organizations, including Just the News and American Greatness.
McCarthy previously released the footage to former Fox News host Tucker Carlson earlier this year. The decision was met with backlash from the left, who claimed Carlson could distort the footage to downplay the events of Jan. 6.