Left-wing agitators attempted to shut down a group of Republican lawmakers on Tuesday as they were holding a press conference outside the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, D.C. to condemn the harsh treatment of the January 6th political prisoners and demand answers from Attorney General Merrick Garland on their status.
From the very beginning of the news conference, a left-wing activist repeatedly blew a loud whistle in an attempt to drown out the speakers. At times other activists also revved the engine of their vehicles in an attempt to disrupt the presser.
“Marxists always try to shut down free speech. We did not stop until we finished what we came to say,” Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) told American Greatness.
In addition to Gohmert, U.S. Representatives Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) Bob Good (R-Va.), and Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-Georgia) gathered in front of the DOJ to complain that their queries to the DOJ on the status of the Jan. 6 detainees have gone unanswered for months. All of the lawmakers condemned the violence on Jan. 6, but insisted that the government needs to be more transparent on how the defendants are being treated.
Taylor-Greene said that they were forced to hold the presser outside of the building because DOJ officials would not let them enter the lobby.
“As members of Congress representing districts with hundreds of thousands of people, it’s unbelievable to me that the Department of Justice will not let us in their lobby to even answer their questions,” she said.
MTG said the questions they have been asking include what intelligence was available prior to Jan. regarding the influx of protesters to the nation’s Capitol and potential for violence. She said it was shocking that the National Guard was not available to protest the Capitol on Jan. 6. She said they have also been asking how the detainees have been treated inside the jail.
Through the cacophony, Rep. Gohmert said that he condemned the violence on Jan. 6, but insisted that people who acted disorderly, be treated fairly while in jail.
Gohmert said that while he was a felony judge, he would often visit the jails unannounced to make sure prisoners were being treated humanely.
“We have been asking for months for meetings with the attorney general,” he said, adding that their letters to the D.C. jail have also gone unanswered.
“They want no oversight. They don’t want to give information,” Gohmert added.
He said the government’s handling of the cases are fraught with problems, including their demands for admissions of guilt from defendants before they’ve been shown the evidence against them.
“Do we have political prisoners here in America or not?” the Texas Republican asked.
Rep. Gaetz pointed out that while Americans from all across this country are “being harassed,” and “targeted by law enforcement,” after just one riot, while antifa and Black Lives Matter extremists were allowed to rampage throughout the nation for many months in 2020.
Rep. Good noted that one of the defense lawyers who has seen the conditions inside the jail has described it as “not normal.”
The lawyer, Martin Tankleff, was exonerated in 2008 after being incarcerated for almost 20 years on a wrongful murder charge.
Tankleff, who knows what prison conditions should look like, said it’s not normal to isolate people and make them eat off the floor, Good explained.
He called for “complete transparency” in the Justice system to protect the public trust.
“In this country, there should be no question about the legal treatment of an American prior to their opportunity to answer to the charges being brought against them before a judge or a jury of their peers. Due process must be afforded to all Americans,” Good said.
Addressing the activists who were trying to disrupt the press conference, MTG said: “We will not back down, we will not stop asking questions, we are looking for the truth, and we believe the truth can be found by reaching out, and asking the right questions to the right people.”
As MTG was still speaking, a staffer said, “we gotta go.” The left-wing mob at this point was closing in on the Republican lawmakers.
“The left is disrupting the press conference, we need to end it,” a staffer said as they were being whisked away.
Reps. Gaetz and Greene get run out of their own presser at the DOJ. pic.twitter.com/Jc3BTbUO05
— Zachary Petrizzo (@ZTPetrizzo) July 27, 2021
The Right Side Broadcasting host said afterward that the “whistler” was right behind her blowing in her ear during the entire news conference, and that he continued blowing even after she complained that it was hurting her ears.
“I told him he was causing me physical pain, he did not care,” she said.
LIVE: Reps. Gaetz, Gohmert, Gosar, and Greene to Hold Press Conference at DOJ 7/27/21 https://t.co/dUT143pLzz
— RSBN 🇺🇸 (@RSBNetwork) July 27, 2021
Today, my colleagues & I went to the DOJ, who repeatedly ignored our letters & requests for info about J6.
They refused to even let us in the lobby.
Once again the Biden DOJ refused to answer any of our questions.
The American people deserve better than Pelosi’s witch hunt.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) July 27, 2021