Republicans Reps Denied Entry To DC Jail Holding Jan. 6 Defendants


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Republican Reps. Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor-Greene, Louie Gohmert and Paul Gosar were all denied entry Thursday to the DC prison holding defendants arrested in connection with the Capitol riot Jan. 6.

The four members of Congress attempted to visit the defendants being held inside amid allegations of mistreatment and poor conditions inside the facilities.

After asking to speak with the supervisor of the prison, the members were accused of “trespassing” and ultimately locked out of the building, according to Taylor-Greene.

Taylor-Greene later called it an “abomination” in a press conference the representatives held after being denied entry, adding, “We went to this prison today as members of Congress to give oversight to a federal prison because we suspect there is a two-tiered justice system in the United States.”

“How does the Biden administration expect us to participate in the representative republic when they deprive us of access to information?” Gaetz asked. “The questions we’ve asked have gone unanswered for months … What is Merrick Garland hiding?”

Lawyers for Jan. 6 defendants have claimed that their clients have been beaten by jail guards, held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day and are being held for months at a time without court dates.

Paul Hodgkins last week became the first Capitol riot defendant to sentenced, receiving eight months in prison for breaching the Senate chamber on January 6. (RELATED: Federal Prosecutors Are Branding Non-Violent Jan 6 Defendants As ‘Terrorists’ To Pursue Harsher Sentences)

The DC Department of Corrections provided the following statement to the Daily Caller:

“It is the mission of the DOC to protect and treat every resident humanely and respectfully while  awaiting due process. DOC carries out its mission for every resident regardless of their  background and political affiliations. Every resident with DOC custody has access to food,  clothing, medical care and access to legal counsel and the law library.”

“Today, congressional officials arrived at the DC Department of Corrections (DOC) Central  Detention Facility (CDF) 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.”