Two Republican members of Congress on Thursday night visited defendants jailed in the nation’s capital on charges in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, confirming a federal judge’s determination that the conditions were “beyond belief.”
Reps. Louie Gohmert of Texas and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia joined a pre-scheduled tour of the D.C. jail by members of the D.C. Council. But earlier in the day they went to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office and delivered a letter demanding access to the “Patriot Wing” of the jail, arguing it is their duty as Congress members to oversee how the city spends taxpayer dollars.
Greene recounted the visit in a thread on Twitter.
“I’ve never seen human suffering like I witnessed last night,” she said.
The Georgia lawmaker said that when she walked into the “Patriot” wing of the jail, she was “greeted by men with overwhelming cheers who rushed out to meet me with tears streaming down their faces,” describing them as “forgotten & hopeless.”
“It was like walking into a prisoner of war camp and seeing men whose eyes can’t believe someone had made it in to see them. They are suffering greatly,” she said of the Jan. 6 defendants.
“Virtually no medical care, very poor food quality, and being put through re-education which most of them are rejecting.”
Greene said she and her staff are writing a full report of her three-hour tour.
“I am committed to ending this political war and seeing that our justice system is never used against Americans as a political weapon ever again,” she said.
The freshman lawmaker said she is “beginning a plan for real prison reform.”
“Our nation is broken and our people are divided,” the congresswoman said. “It’s time to fix it.”
Her description of the situation in the jail was confirmed by an aunt of one of the detainees, Cynthia Hughes.
In an interview with Steven Bannon’s “War Room,” Hughes thanked Greene, as well as Gohmert
“We are so grateful to you,” Hughes said to Greene, who was part of the interview, “because now we have an eyewitness to back up everything we’ve been saying all these months.”
Hughes said the conditions in the jail are “really, really tremendously horrendous.”
“But the bigger issue is the fact that they are being kept in pre-trial detention — we’re going on 11 months now,” she said.
“You have men languishing in jail in horrendous condition with allegedly tresspassing charges,” she said.
Julie Kelly, who has done investigative reporting on the Jan. 6 defendants for American Greatness, pointed out in June that despite the repeated claims that Jan. 6 was an “armed insurrection” of “white supremacists,” not one person has been charged with carrying or using a firearm inside the Capitol building. The only person who used a firearm inside the Capitol, she noted, was the Capitol Police officer who shot and killed an unarmed female veteran, Ashley Babbitt.
The FBI said in August it had not found evidence that Jan. 6 was the result of an organized plot to overturn the election, according to four current and former law enforcement officials.
On Wednesday, a federal judge ordered a Jan. 6 prisoner diagnosed with cancer be transferred from the D.C. jail after an unannounced inspection of the facility by U.S. Marshals found detainees were forced to live in “deplorable” conditions and were den…