Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio, the congressman who is now the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has reportedly said that a new subcommittee operating under the Judiciary will investigate the troubling reports of how the prisoners arrested in connection to the January 6th Capitol trespass have been treated so far.
Rep. Jordan made that announcement during a recent radio interview with Bob Frantz, telling him, the Washington Times reports, “that numerous whistleblowers have come forward to talk to GOP lawmakers about the Justice Department’s “disparate treatment” of those who rioted during the summer of 2020 and those who rioted at the U.S. Capitol in 2021.”
Rep. Jordan added that “The only concern would be that when you try to get someone who’s currently incarcerated to come testify, that can be an ordeal, but we will certainly look at that.”
Rep. Jordan then went on to note that the Jan. 6 defendants would also be subjected to “hours of questioning from the Democrats.”
Continuing, Rep. Jordan then reiterated his support for looking into the matter, telling Frantz “But this is something that we’re definitely going to look at.” He then added that there is an obvious double standard of justice, particularly for those who protested outside of abortion clinics and those who “attack over 100 churches and crisis pregnancy centers,” yet are often not treated the same way as those just protesting.
He said that double standard is something the Select Subcommittee plans on looking into, saying “So that is certainly a theme that we think is important to explore in the work of the subcommittee and frankly, the full committee.”
Two Republican lawmakers previously visited Jan. 6 defendants during their detainment at the D.C. Central Treatment Facility in November 2021.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and then-Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas described squalid conditions in the “Patriot” wing of the facility.
“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,” Ms. Greene said. “[There] was virtually no medical care, very poor food quality.”
Other lawmakers requested access to tour the detention center but were refused.
The January 6th prisoner conditions are something that former President Trump has called out as well. He, speaking on the matter in a video, said:
“People have been treated unconstitutionally, in my opinion, and very, very unfairly. And we’re going to get to the bottom of it. And you know what I’ve said I take it very seriously. I have never seen anything like it at all levels. It’s the weaponization of the Department of Justice.
“And we can’t let this happen in our country, because our country is going not socialist. They’ve skipped over that. They skipped over socialism. Our country is going communist. This is what happens, and we can’t let it happen. We have to stop it.
“So I want to thank everybody for working so hard. I know how hard you’re working looking to get justice for people that are imprisoned right now and people that are being tormented. We can’t let it happen. We’re going to stop it. We’re going to win. Thank you all very much.”
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