(TheRedWire.com) – On Tuesday, Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) stated during a press conference that House Republicans were going to be blurring the faces of all those who appear on the security footage from the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack, arguing that they needed to be protected from any possible retaliation from the Justice Department.
As he pointed out, they needed to blur out some of the faces as they did not want those involved in the attack to face retaliation or potentially be charged by the Department of Justice. Johnson argued that they were actively working on this and that additional personnel had been hired to assist with it. He then pointed out that, ultimately, all the event tapes would be available to the public for people to see them.
Following his remarks, Johnson’s deputy chief of communication noted that blurring their faces would prevent retaliation against those involved in all forms and that justice already had access to raw footage taken that day.
Raj Shaw, Deputy Chief of Communications, noted in a tweet that the blurring of the faces would help prevent retaliation in general and any retaliation from non-governmental actors. He also pointed out that the Justice Department had already been granted access to the footage from the attack.
The House GOP started making the security footage available to the public last month. The release effort has been led by the House Administration Oversight Subcommittee.
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