GOP lawmakers are refused entry into federal jail to see Jan 6 prisoners’ treatment, presser is silenced

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Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has warned the “deplorable” D.C.-based federal jail where Jan. 6th rioters are being held that she and her colleagues will get the answers they seek one way or another.

Early Thursday afternoon, a contingent of Republicans including Reps. Matt Gaetz, Louie Gohmert and Greene showed up outside the Washington, D.C. Department of Corrections facility in the hope of inspecting the conditions faced by Jan. 6th rioters.

A number of rioters have complained about mistreatment by jail officials, though for some reason, the usually pro-criminal left doesn’t care. They seem to only care when the locked-up criminals are murderers and rapists, not just rioters.

For reasons that remain equally unclear, the Republican lawmakers were denied entry into the building and even accused of “trespassing” onto federal property.

Watch some of what happened below:

“The supervisor came down and was standing right here and turned her back on me. The other one said she won’t talk anymore and that we’re trespassers. We’re in totalitarian, Marxist territory here. This is the way third-world people get treated,” Gohmert said to members of the press afterward, according to The Hill.

Following the lawmakers’ failed attempt to enter the facility for oversight, the D.C. Department of Corrections issued a statement to The Hill accusing them of having shown up “unannounced with an unauthorized camera crew requesting a facility tour.”

“By doing so, these officials compromised safety and security operations at the DOC. Safety and security related to DOC’s facilities, staff and residents is a high priority and for that reason DOC has established procedures and protocols related to visits to its facilities. All visitors, which includes family members of residents, attorneys, and public officials, must adhere to the rules and procedures of the DOC,” they said.

Responding to this statement from the “Deplorable Jail,” Greene posted tweets Thursday evening reminding the jail that Congress “has oversight of federal prisons.”

She also claimed that they’d been “notified of our intent to visit” and warned that she and her colleagues will “continue to demand the truth.”


Her claim about having notified the jail seemed valid.

Two days earlier on Tuesday, the lawmakers had held a highly publicized press conference outside the Department of Justice to share their concerns about the treatment being faced by Jan. 6th rioters and demand entry into the jail.

“We’re wondering why questions that have been asked by colleagues for months have gone unanswered. Antifa and BLM set fires to this country for months and we did not see an interest from federal law enforcement on those claims,” Gaetz’ said at the presser.

“We want to know how the detainees are being treated inside the jail. We would like to know many other things. … We are not deterred. For anyone that’s here being an activist and yelling today, here’s a statement that I need everyone to understand — we will not back down, we will not stop asking questions, we are looking for the truth,” Greene added.

They wound up having to end the presser early because of obnoxious behavior by “protesting” left-wing extremists.


Later that same evening, Gaetz and Gohmert appeared on Newsmax to share the concerns that they’d been blocked from sharing earlier.

“We have a responsibility for oversight, and in general, we need to know how are you going about this. What is the process?” Gohmert said.

“We are getting reports that people are being held without benefit of knowing what the charges are, what the evidence against them is. The law requires them to know. They aren’t getting any of that, but they are getting pressure to enter a guilty plea,” he added.



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