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Cheney Slams GOP for Altering Jan. 6 Footage: ‘Facts are Unchangeable’

Former Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) recently expressed her disapproval of House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) and the House Republicans’ decision to blur faces in the January 6, 2021 Capitol breach security footage. In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Cheney dismissed the idea that the altered tapes could change the factual account of the events.

Cheney argued that the footage’s alteration wouldn’t alter the truth of the violent assault that day. She highlighted that the Department of Justice (DOJ) already has access to the unedited footage, questioning the necessity of blurring faces to prevent DOJ retaliation.

Despite Johnson’s justification for the blurring as a protective measure against potential retaliation, Cheney emphasized the need for transparency, urging Johnson to release the footage as promised. House Republicans had previously made a set of security footage from January 6 available to the public, with Johnson noting the need to blur faces in unreleased tapes for safety reasons.

The House Administration Oversight Subcommittee, initially set to release the footage to media outlets, is now reviewing all footage from January 6 for public release under Johnson’s leadership. This change follows the replacement of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) with Johnson in October.

As the vice chairwoman of the House select committee on January 6, Cheney was a vocal critic of former President Trump’s alleged role in the insurrection and of Republicans who supported him. Post-Congress, Cheney, ousted in the 2022 Wyoming primaries by a Trump-endorsed candidate, continues to critique Trump and certain GOP members. Her concerns about the threats to democracy under a potential Trump second term and the state of the Republican Party are detailed in her new memoir, “Oath and Honor: A Memoir and a Warning,” released the same day.