- Greene and Gaetz visited the DC Department of Corrections on Thursday.
- They asked to tour the facility with a camera crew and see the Capitol riot suspects, but were not let in.
- The lawmakers spoke up for the January 6 riot defendants earlier this week at a press conference, but that was cut short when protesters gatecrashed it.
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Reps. Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Louie Gohmert attempted to visit the January 6 Capitol riot suspects at the DC Department of Corrections on Thursday but were turned away. They then held a press conference with Virginia Rep. Bob Good, saying that they were “concerned” about the detainees’ treatment.
Gaetz on Thursday tweeted a video of himself being locked out of the Department of Corrections.
-Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) July 29, 2021
“The door’s locked and we’re just here to ask questions and now they’ve locked the door and not given us access,” Gaetz said in the video.
Greene, Gaetz, and Gohmert were seen in another video speaking to an officer outside the detention center. They were told by corrections officers that they were obstructing the entrance to the facility.
Greene and Gaetz also spoke to members of the press after they visited the facility.
“We suspect 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 that have rioted and destroyed cities,” Greene said.
“We showed up at the facility and sought a tour,” Gaetz said, adding that he wants to know “what (Attorney General) Merrick Garland is hiding.”
“We are not members of Congress who will go away … If you believe you are mistreated, targeted, abused, or singled out as part of your politics and your lawful activity, know this – we will continue to fight for you,” Gaetz said.
The Department of Corrections told The Hill in a statement that the lawmakers were turned away because they showed up at the facility “unannounced with an unauthorized camera crew requesting a facility tour.”
“All visitors, which includes family members of residents, attorneys, and public officials, must adhere to the rules and procedures of the DOC,” the statement added.
On Tuesday, the lawmakers held another press conference outside the Department of Justice at the same time four Capitol police officers testified in front of the House Select Committee to examine the events of Jan. 6.
Outside the DOJ, the lawmakers addressed claims made by individuals charged in connection with the January 6 riot – who they called “political prisoners” – that they were beaten by guards and put in solitary confinement.
However, the Tuesday news conference was gatecrashed by a small group of protesters waving signs calling the lawmakers “traitors,” “rapists,” and “pedophiles,” the last of which is likely a reference to an ongoing DOJ investigation into whether Gaetz had sex with a minor. Gaetz has denied these allegations.