A group of Republican lawmakers on Thursday were locked out of the Washington DC prison where the January 6 political prisoners are being held, and accused of trespassing.
“My colleagues and I were locked out of the Deplorable Jail!” tweeted Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-Ga.).
My colleagues and I were locked out of the Deplorable Jail!
Members of Congress need to conduct oversight, yet our letters and calls get ignored. Then we get told we are trespassing.
The American people deserve answers! It’s outrageous!!pic.twitter.com/EmPjJfvupH
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) July 29, 2021
After they were initially allowed in the entrance way, and given masks, an officer told the House republicans that they were trespassing, and locked them out.
“My gosh, the government is upside down,” Gohmert, a former judge, exclaimed.
“Every day in America people are locked in prison, it’s not every day people are locked out of a prison, but that is what happened to multiple members of Congress today, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) said during a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol afterward.
Reps Gaetz, MTG, Bob Good (R-Va.), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and Louis Gohmert (R-Tex.) attempted to tour the facility to see how the detainees are being treated.
Gaetz said in his remarks that they were just denied the ability to carry out their two “principle responsibilities” as congressmen—to appropriate funds, and to conduct oversight.
“How does the Biden administration expect us to participate in the representative Republic when they deprive us of access to information that would inform our oversight work and our appropriations decisions?” Gaetz complained.
The same group of conservative lawmakers Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) were barred from entering the Department of Justice on Tuesday, while leftists attempted to disrupt their press conference. The lawmakers held the presser outside the DOJ to condemn the harsh treatment of the January 6th political prisoners and demand answers from Attorney General Merrick Garland on a number of issues regarding their cases.
A key issue the congressman said they want resolved is whether DOJ prosecutors are hiding exculpatory evidence by withholding from the defense 14,000 hours of video.
“To get that evidence, we sought a meeting with the attorney general. We went to the Department of Justice and we weren’t even allowed in the lobby to have a meeting with an attorney general who still to this day has not shown up for an oversight hearing before the Oversight Committee, or the House Judiciary Committee,” Gaetz continued. “What is Merrick Garland hiding?”
Gaetz said they are also concerned about how the detainees are being treated, which is why they showed up at the D.C. jail for a tour of the facility, which he said has been done under both Democrat and Republican administrations.
“But now there is an unprecedented effort to deny members of Congress information that relates to criminal cases and that relates to the treatment of people that are held,” he concluded.
The facility is now reportedly on lockdown.
Full video of visit to D.C. Jail:
Full press conference below: