Members of Congress who have been pressing federal law enforcement officials unsuccessfully for months about the conditions and treatment of hundreds of Jan. 6 Capitol detainees will take their case to the doors of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Tuesday.
They also want to know why federal law enforcement authorities were warned weeks before the breach, yet Members of Congress were not told, and evidence has since accumulated that the Capitol Police were not properly informed or prepared by their leadership.
Representatives Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said Monday they will gather at DOJ at 1 pm to make public the demands they made in a letter last week to Attorney General Merrick Garland.
In their July 24 letter to Garland, the four congressmen “requested a meeting to discuss unanswered questions relating to the treatment of January 6th prisoners.”
They have received no response from the Attorney General. The same silence has greeted their repeated questions and requests about the situation for several months, according to Gohmert. Critics outside of Congress have raised similar concerns.
“Due to reports of civil rights violations against American citizens, during investigations, prosecutions and even conditions at the D.C. Central Detention Facility where some are being held, Members of Congress have been asking for answers for months, only to be ignored by [DOJ], leadership of the Capitol Police and the U.S. Bureau of Prisons,” Gohmert said in a statement made public late Monday.
“This should chill every American. One would expect to see abuses of political prisoners in tyrannical third-world countries, not the United States. But we don’t know what of these claims are true because this administration refuses to answer basic questions and give accountability for what appear to be their vengeful actions,” the Texas Republican congressman said.