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Speaker Johnson: GOP Will Blur Faces In Released Jan 6 Footage To Protect Them

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House Speaker Mike Johnson announced that the faces of protesters who entered the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6, 2021 riot will be blurred from public viewing room footage to protect them from potential retaliation and prosecution by the Biden Justice Department.

Johnson’s deputy chief for communications stated that the blurring is intended to prevent all forms of retaliation and clarified that the DOJ already has access to the raw footage.

The effort to process and release the footage is led by the House Administration Oversight Subcommittee, aiming to provide transparency and allow the American people to draw their conclusions. (Trending: Democrat Accused Of Blocking Release of Jeffrey Epstein Flight Logs)

“We have to blur some of the faces of persons who participated in the events of that day because we don’t want them to be retaliated against and to be charged by the DOJ and to have other concerns and problems,” said Speaker Johnson to the press.

“We’re working steadily on it. And we’ve hired additional personnel to do that,” he continued.

Adding, “And all of those tapes, ultimately at the end, will be out so everybody can see them.”

Following his remarks, Johnson’s deputy chief for communications explained that the blurring is necessary to prevent all forms of retaliation and that the DOJ already has access to the raw footage.

Deputy Chief for Communications Raj Shah wrote in reaction, “Faces are to be blurred from public viewing room footage to prevent all forms of retaliation against private citizens from any non-governmental actors.”

“The Department of Justice already has access to raw footage from January 6, 2021,” said Shah.

Speaker Johnson stated last month that processing the raw footage “will involve blurring the faces of private citizens on the yet-unreleased tapes to avoid any persons being targeted for retaliation of any kind.”

“I don’t think partisan elected officials in Washington should present a narrative and expect that it should be seen as the ultimate truth,” said Johnson.

“The release of the January 6 tapes is a critical exercise. We want transparency,” Johnson added.

“House Republicans trust the American people to draw their conclusions.”

“When I ran for Speaker, I promised to make accessible to the American people the 44,000 hours of video from Capitol Hill security taken on January 6, 2021,” recalled the Louisiana Republican.

“Truth and transparency are critical. Today, we will begin immediately posting video on a public website and move as quickly as possible to add to the website nearly all of the footage, more than 40,000 hours,” wrote Johnson on X.

“In the meantime, a public viewing room will ensure that every citizen can view every minute of the videos uncensored,” he concluded.

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