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Reps. Gohmert, Gaetz, Gosar, and Greene to Hold Press Conference at DOJ Demanding Answers on Treatment of January 6th Prisoners

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TOMORROW: Reps. Gohmert, Gaetz, Gosar, and Greene to Hold Press Conference at DOJ Demanding Answers on Treatment of January 6th Prisoners

Washington, D.C. – TOMORROW: On Tuesday, July 27th, at 1:00 p.m. ET, U.S. Representatives Louie Gohmert (TX-01), Matt Gaetz (FL-01), Paul Gosar (AZ-04), and Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA-14) will hold a press conference outside the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, D.C., demanding answers from Attorney General (AG) Merrick Garland on the status of January 6th prisoners and related investigations.

Last week, Reps. Gohmert, Gaetz, Greene, and Gosar sent a letter to AG Merrick Garland requesting a meeting to discuss unanswered questions relating to the treatment of January 6th prisoners. 

Full text of the letter can be found HERE. Details for the event can also be found below. 

TUESDAY, JULY 27th, 2021

WHAT: Media Availability with Reps. Louie Gohmert, Matt Gaetz, Paul Gosar, and Marjorie Taylor Greene

TIME: 1:00 p.m. ET

LOCATION: U.S. Department of Justice – Northeast corner of Pennsylvania Ave and 9th Street NW

WHO: Open to press, including national and regional news media

STATEMENT FROM REP. LOUIE GOHMERT:

"No matter whom you are in this country, you have the right to a fair trial and the right to see the evidence against you, including all potentially exculpatory or exonerating evidence.  A plea agreement should not even be offered until these requirements are met. These are basic, fundamental requirements of our law that are ingrained in the justice system of these United States. Disregarding these procedures is a violation of any American citizen’s civil rights.  

"Sadly, there are two systems of justice that exist in our country today: one for former President Trump along with those who support or don’t hate him, and the other for everyone else. What we are seeing now is harassment and persecution of Trump supporters, many of whom were not even in Washington, DC that day. Even the guilty who committed repugnant acts should not have their rights trampled just to feed the irrational hatred of former President Trump. 

"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 the Department of Justice, leadership of the Capitol Police and the Bureau of Prisons. 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.

"We have requested a meeting with the Attorney General since our previous request to assess conditions at the D.C. jail has been ignored. Everyone in this country should be concerned when matters as serious as these are politicized to the point where the rule of law and accountability is ignored. 

"The appalling events of January 6th have spurred what appears to be a vigilante mob mentality, with the FBI and DOJ seeming to believe that January 6 justifies their setting jurisprudence aside to spy on all Americans while pursuing revenge and retaliation.  As I argued many years ago to the highest criminal court in Texas on behalf of a defendant sentenced to death after an improper trial, no matter whom the defendant is or what he is accused of, it is imperative that Constitutional due process be afforded to ensure a result of true justice and not revenge which too often leads to injustice."

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