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Speaker Johnson Says GOP Is Blurring Faces In Capitol Riot Tapes

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On Tuesday, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La) confirmed House Republicans are blurring the faces of individuals seen on January 6, 2021 Capitol footage to avoid retaliation from the Justice Department.

“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,” Johnson said in a press conference on Tuesday.  

“We’re working steadily on it. And we’ve hired additional personnel to do that,” Johnson said. “And all of those tapes, ultimately at the end, will be out so everybody can see them.”

“I don’t think partisan elected officials in Washington should present a narrative and expect that it should be seen as the ultimate truth,” Johnson said of Jan. 6.

“The release of the January 6 tapes is a critical and important exercise. We want transparency,” Johnson said. “House Republicans trust the American people to draw their own conclusions.”

Last month, House Republicans released some of the security footage from the riot and posted it online where its available to the public. However, with the change in Speaker leadership the House Administration Committee is now proactively reviewing all footage and posting as much online as possible, as well as allowing members of the public to request time at the in-person terminals.


  1. Most Republicans did not know anything about January 6th. We are MAGA and only heard about it afterwards. We are dues-paying Republicans but heard NOTHING when this event was (supposedly) in the planning stages. So, where is the conspiracy?
    And we, like so many Americans were sick and tired of the BLM and Antifa protests about which almost NOTHING was done.
    Democrats are immature.

  2. Retaliation from the Justice Dept?! The DoJ and FBI have engaged in a massive political operation to arrest punish protestors exercising their Constitutionally protected free speech rights, and the right to seek redress for grievances- esp. the 2020 STOLEN ELECTION. Why is it fair to expose faces of protestors but not federal operatives, who if Ray Epps is any indicator, may have been fomenting violence? Epps spent TWO days egging people into the Capitol, and was only recently, very belatedly, given a misdemeanor charge even though he was on the FBI’s most wanted list for Jan6- then removed, suspiciously. We need to get to the bottom of this reeking conspiracy- the Jan6 kangaroo court that Pelosi set up encouraged harsh, unfair sentences of Jan6 protestors. It’s only fair that we see and judge for ourselves, what transpired that day- the public has the right to know.


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