Last Updated on February 17, 2022
Shortly after Representatives Paul Gosar, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, and Louie Gohmert were denied access to and locked out of the DC Detention Center where January 6 prisoners are being held and reportedly abused, the representatives held a press conference slamming the “two tier justice system.”
Representatives Paul Gosar, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, and Louie Gohmert visited the DC Detention Center today for a tour of the facility amid reports of prisoner abuse and torturous conditions, only to be denied access, accused of trespassing, and ultimately locked out of the building. The facility received a letter last week informing them that the Representatives would be coming by to tour the prison, but received no response. While inside, the warden lied to the Representatives, saying that a superintendent was outside waiting to speak to them. When the members of Congress walked out to speak to the supposed superintendent, the doors were locked behind them. The prison is a public building and the Representatives had arrived during business hours. Despite this, the members of Congress have been literally locked out of the jail. An attorney who arrived alongside the Representatives has also been prevented from seeing his client.
Following the disheartening situation at the DC prison, the representatives held a press conference slamming the facility, which they have oversight over, for not allowing them to witness the conditions of the prison. Representative Gohmert called it an “abomination” that they were locked out of the prison, saying that the actions taken today by the facility indicate that the reports of torture and inhumane treatment are true. “We suspect that there is a two tier justice system in the United States for Trump supporters that are charged for January 6 and catch and release for Antifa and BLM rioters,” added Representative Greene. “The questions we’ve asked have gone unanswered for months. What is Merrick Garland hiding?” said Representative Gaetz.
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Congressman Gosar was unable to attend the press conference due to a conflict, but provided National File with a statement in reaction to the events at the DC facility: “Today, four members of Congress, and staff, were threatened with arrest as we tried to engage in public oversight. The prison officials were angry, rude, obnoxious, unprofessional, and abusive. They did nothing to dispel the allegations of abuse in the prison. They did everything to confirm it,” Congressman Gosar tells National File.
National File recently interviewed Gosar, who compared the treatment and status of the January 6 prisoners to that of terrorists or suspected terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay. “It’s sad that we have, in this country, implicated this indefinite detention, whereas in Gitmo, non-citizens were treated much better than even these people. That’s what we’ve heard, and so we want them to come clean,” said Gosar. “We need to have that release. That’s all we were asking. We want to make sure that Americans are treated fairly under the law. Everybody, equal application under the law.”