Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz showed up unannounced to the jail where several Capitol riot suspects are being held and were turned away. They’re now accusing DC authorities of ‘hiding something.’

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Rep. Matt Gaetz speaks as Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Louie Gohmert, and Bob Good listen during a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol July 29, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Republican legislators discussed their visit to a DC correction facility where January 6th Capitol riot suspects are being held.

  • 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.

“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.

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Trump privately complained that he should have lowered the White House flag for slain Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt, report says

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A scene at the Capitol riot.

  • Ashli Babbitt as fatally shot by law enforcement as she stormed the US Capitol.
  • Trump has reportedly been complaining that he should have lowered the White House flag for her.
  • A source told the Daily Beast Trump thinks he should’ve done it because she was an Air Force veteran.
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Former President Donald Trump regretted not lowering the White House flag for Ashli Babbitt, the Capitol rioter who was killed in the January 6 unrest, the Daily Beast reported.

An unnamed source with knowledge of the matter told the outlet that Trump has privately complained that he didn’t lower the flag. He made the private comments as recently as two weeks ago, the report said.

Babbitt, an Air Force veteran, was fatally shot by law enforcement as she stormed the Capitol with Trump supporters.

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Ashli Babbitt is pictured in her driver’s license photo.

The source told the Daily Beast that Trump thought the flag should have been lowered because of Babbitt’s work in the Air Force.

Her social media profiles showed her sharing conspiracy theories in support of Trump and QAnon.

Trump lowered the flag to honor a Capitol Police officer who died after the riot, after he was put under pressure from lawmakers to do so.

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A Texas family of 5 was charged in breaching the Capitol after one member posted on social media: ‘Holy s— we were inside the f—ing capital’

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  • A family of five from Texas was charged in connection with the January 6 riot.
  • The Munn family was placed at the Capitol using CCTV footage inside the building and their social media posts and conversations, according to court documents.
  • According to court documents, one of them wrote on Facebook: “Holy s— we were inside the f—ing capital!”
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A family of five from Texas was charged in connection with the January 6 riot after prosecutors used CCTV footage and found social media placing them at the Capitol, including one post that said, “Holy s— we were inside the f—ing capital [sic].”

The FBI received a tip that Kristi Munn entered the building on January 6 and reported to the FBI that Kristi and other members of her family traveled from Texas to Washington, DC, evidenced by Kristi Munn’s Facebook account and six screenshots of Kristi Munn’s Snapchat account, according to the affidavit.

In late January, David Lee Bolyard, the FBI agent who filed the affidavit, said he reached out to interview Kristi Munn, who claimed to be present in DC to exercise her First Amendment right to protest the certification of then-President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 election but claimed she did not enter the Capitol.

But security footage captured the Munn family crawling through a window and walking the halls of the building, the affidavit says.

The affidavit also included social media posts where members of the Munn family also admitted to being inside the Capitol. On January 6, Dawn Munn wrote in a Facebook conversation, “We went in and stormed capital [sic] !” and “We were in capital [sic]!! … I do mean IN the building!!” In a separate conversation the same day, Dawn Munn also indicated the family crawled through a window to enter the building.

“They barricaded the door so they took out window…climbed in!!!” she wrote.

Screenshot from Tom Munn’s Facebook
Screenshot from Tom Munn’s Facebook.

Another family member who was charged, Josh Munn, also discussed how the family entered the building in a Facebook conversation.

“Damn how did y’all get in the capital [sic] building,” a person solely identified as Joel said to Josh Munn.

Munn replied, “The first group opened up a window sort of say [sic] and we followed it through.”

The person responded by saying, “Oh so u broke in?” to which Josh Munn said, “No we did not brake [sic] In the window was opne [sic] when i got there.”

Kayli Munn, who was also charged, wrote on Facebook: “F—ing great! Holy s— we were inside the
f—ing capital [sic]!”

Kristi Munn, Thomas “Tom” Munn, Dawn Munn, Joshua “Josh” Munn, and Kayli Munn, of Borger, Texas, were charged with illegally entering a restricted government building and disrupting a session of Congress, according to an affidavit filed Monday.

None of the family members have not yet entered pleas in the case as of Tuesday afternoon, and attorney information for the family was not immediately available.

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At least 49 people charged in the Capitol insurrection are accused of trying to delete images, videos, or texts from their phones and social media accounts, according to a report

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Pro-Trump supporters storming the US Capitol on January 6.

  • Authorities claim some people who took part in the Capitol riots later wiped evidence, the Associated Press reports.
  • The people deleted texts or social media posts that showed they’d participated in the insurrection, authorities said in court documents viewed by AP.
  • They are among the 545 people arrested in connection with the Capitol siege on January 6.
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At least 49 people charged in connection with the US Capitol riots in January are also accused of trying to delete evidence from their phones and social media accounts, according to a review of court records by the Associated Press, published Saturday.

The court documents cited by AP show that the defendants are accused of trying to erase images, videos, and texts that document their involvement in the deadly siege on the US Capitol on January 6. It took several hours for authorities to regain control after supporters of then-President Donald Trump swarmed the building, and at least four people died.

One defendant sent texts about being inside the Capitol during the riots, authorities said in the court documents cited by AP. In a text sent two days after the insurrection, an associate of the defendant told him to delete all content from his social media accounts and buy a new phone, authorities said in the court documents seen by AP. The defendant then shut down his Facebook account, where he had uploaded photos and written posts about the attack, authorities said in the documents, according to AP.

The people accused of deleting incriminating content from their phones or social media accounts are part of a wider pool of 545 people who have been arrested in connection with the Capitol siege.

Another defendant, who authorities say posted videos and comments on social media showing they were inside the Capitol during the riots, chose to not restore their new phone with iCloud content from their old device, potentially to hide evidence, authorities said in court documents seen by AP.

Authorities can ask social media companies to preserve posts and content until they get legal authority to view them, Adam Scott Wandt, a public policy professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, told AP.

Meanwhile, Joel Hirschhorn, a criminal defense lawyer in Miami, told AP that metadata – hidden information within media files – will show whether social media material was modified or deleted.

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