Rep. John Walsh (R-Ill.) on Thursday said he believes it’s “who” the media is blaming for the widespread video camera failure in the US Congress, saying that “you know what” he thinks of the media.
Walsh made the comments after a House committee voted to investigate the incident on Thursday morning, where members were watching the latest video footage from a House floor demonstration in support of a bipartisan bill to expand background checks.
The House passed the bill on Thursday evening with an overwhelming bipartisan majority, with only two Republican votes against it.
Rep. Bill Huizenga (R) of Michigan, the ranking member on the committee, said in a statement that it’s important to be thorough in our investigation.
“We cannot and will not allow the American people to be victimized by a single partisan media outlet,” he said.
“This is a very real issue that needs to be addressed.”
The White House said on Friday that the White House was looking into the incident, but had not yet reached out to Congress for comment.
A video of the demonstration was captured by a member of the public on video camera inside the Capitol building.
It shows lawmakers walking to a nearby field and standing to applaud as the camera captures a large, dark video of an individual sitting on a grassy hill with the video camera pointed directly at them.
A spokesperson for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said the committee was “looking into the video.”
The video camera malfunction occurred during the late afternoon session on Thursday, when a handful of Republicans from the Congressional Black Caucus, led by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), voted to support the bill.
A representative from the House Committee on Oversight and Homeland Security later tweeted a photo of the video that showed members of Congress sitting on the hill, with a camera pointed at them directly behind them.
The video was recorded by a local resident, according to Rep. Mike McCaul (R), the chairman of the committee.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.