WATCH: Dinesh D'Souza questions who let the Jan 6 rioters into the Capitol, asks about missing surveillance footage

Conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza questioned last week who let the Jan. 6 rioters into the Capitol building, asking about the 14,000 hours of surveillance footage that the Biden administration won't release to the public.

Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

Conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza questioned last week who let the Jan. 6 rioters into the Capitol building, asking about the 14,000 hours of surveillance footage that the Biden administration won't release to the public.

In Thursday's episode of the Dinesh D’Souza Podcast, the firebrand conservative host talked about the events that occurred on Jan. 6 and the lack of footage that would answer much of the questions surrounding the incident.

"I don't know if you've ever done a Capitol tour. I have. You can't just walk into the Capitol. The doors are locked. You have to go through metal detectors. You have to have a pass. How did all these people, hundreds of them, get in? A simple question, and by the way, it's never been answered," said D'Souza.

"Now, there's one easy way to answer it. There are 14,000 hours of footage. Everything that happens in the Capitol is recorded. 14,000 hours of footage. And guess what? The Biden administration won't release it, because I think they're afraid that if they did, we would all see what happened. We would actually know the truth..." D'Souza continued, adding that the establishment was hoping for a Jan. 6 commission that would "edit and doctor" the footage would show excerpts with the "same king of cherry picking that the House Democrats did."

"But if you show the whole picture, the context, if you will, then we can all see what's really going on," D'Souza quipped, noting that Sen. Ron Johnson has seen the footage while on the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. "Johnson's office has flagged a piece of footage that's very, very disturbing," D'Souza said.

The footage shows that at around 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 6, before more than 300 protesters were able to enter the building, Johnson says there's an unauthorized person and unidentified who is trying unsuccessfully to open a set of double doors to get into the Capitol. Then five people return and walk past a Capitol Police officer, D'Souza stated. One of the five individuals then push the left door's crash bar, which opens. The group leaves, exiting the building at 2:33 p.m.

However, the last person in the posse is reported to have left the door ajar—unlocked—allowing anyone outside to gain entry to the Capitol. Then outsiders enter the building through the door at 2:34 p.m. The police officer, who was in the vicinity of the door one minute earlier, walks away to another hallway away from the door and out of view of the security camera, D'Souza described the scene.

"And for the next 15 minutes, 309 protesters enter the Capitol with no law enforcement there to stop them or to tell them not to do that," D'Souza said.

D’Souza went on to say that in an interview with the Gateway Pundit, alleged Oath Keepers member Jason Dole said he was let into the building by someone inside.

"He said that when he approached the Capitol, somebody from the inside, opened the doors. Now the government has never admitted this is true. But once again, where's the surveillance footage? The surveillance footage would show us how the doors got open. They would show us not just from the outside, but from the inside," urged D'Souza. "So this is an obviously critical question. How did those doors get opened? We all know, there have been a lot of assertions that there was intelligence beforehand of what was going to happen," he added, referring to the theory that the event was an entire intelligence, security, and government response failure. However, the scenario would require "mere negligence," D'Souza stated.

"What I'm getting at here is something perhaps more insidious, which is to say, perhaps it was the case that they wanted people to come into the building—that there was a scheme afoot, if you will, to make it easy for them to come in," he said.

D’Souza stressed that "a real inquiry," not the proposed Jan. 6 commission, should take place to get to the bottom of what really happened that fateful day. "I was against the Jan. 6 commission, because I thought that it was a fake—it was a rigged inquiry. It would have come up with pre-decided results, but a real inquiry—that is desperately needed. That is not something that has happened as of yet," he said.


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