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Liz Cheney: Republican Protests to Defend the Rights of Jan. 6 Political Prisoners are ‘Disgrace’

Rep. Liz Cheney is certainly not afraid to put herself at odds with other members of the Republican Party, and particularly, those with a track record of supporting former President Donald Trump.

But on Tuesday, following a Capitol Hill press conference after the January 6 House committee hearing, Liz Cheney made a remarkable break to condemn Republicans who question the political nature of the hearings, as well as those protesting to protect the rights of Jan. 6 political prisoners.

“This morning, Leader McCarthy and some of your colleagues were out in front of the capitol, their basic message, I’m boiling down, was ‘what did Nancy Pelosi know and when did she know it?'” the reporter began.

“Some of your other colleagues were down at the Justice Department or will be defending January 6 prisoners,” he continued. “What’s your read on what other members of your conference are doing with their messaging today?”

“Almost every member of the Republican conference understood in the days immediately after January 6 what had actually happened,” Cheney said. “And many of them said so publicly.”

“And the fact that so many members of our leadership and others, the fact that they’ve gone from recognizing what happened on January 6 to protesting in front of the Justice Department on behalf of those who were part of the ‘insurrection’ is something that I can’t explain,” she went on.

“I think it’s a disgrace,” Cheney added. “And I know that this committee will be focused on getting to the truth of what happened in a non-political, non-partisan way.”

“This is not a political campaign,” she claimed. “It is deadly serious. We will investigate every aspect.”

It should be pointed out that not a single protester being held in miserable and inhumane conditions has been charged with “treason” or even “insurrection.” Many are being held on charges such as ‘criminal trespassing’ and ‘being in a federal building without authorization.’

House Minority Leader has branded the two Republicans who took part in the Jan. 6 hearings, Rep. Liz Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, as “Pelosi Republicans,” although it is unclear if he will do anything to punish them for their complicity in the partisan hearings.

Speaker Pelosi rejected Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana from serving on the January 6 panel last week. There are a number of questions about Speaker Pelosi’s role in the origin of the Capitol riots that have gone unanswered.

On Tuesday, Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, Louie Gohmert and Paul Gosar held a news conference outside the Justice Department to protest the treatment of political prisoners being held indefinitely in connection to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Liz Cheney’s characterization of the Republicans’ protest of the cruel and unusual mistreatment of Jan. 6 prisoners who are being held without a ‘speedy trial’ conflicts with the concerns of Democratic Senators and even the ACLU.

“According to a media advisory, the four Republicans will hold a joint press conference demanding attorney general Merrick Garland give answers on the status of the prisoners and related investigations,” the Independent reported.

“Dozens of defendants remain in jail awaiting trial, with some alleging harsh treatment like solitary confinement and another, Ronald Sandlin, alleging beatings and ‘mental torture’ at the hands of correctional officers,” the report continued.

“While the Justice Department denied the allegations of beatings, the claims of restricted housing – or isolation for 23 hours a day – was concerning enough for Democrats like Elizabeth Warren to worry solitary was being used to ‘break’ the Capitol rioters,” the Independent added.

“Solitary confinement is a form of punishment that is cruel and psychologically damaging,” Ms Warren told Politico in an interview. “And we’re talking about people who haven’t been convicted of anything yet.”

The ACLU has also issued an extraordinary statement that points to the organization’s concerns about the political prisoners.

“Prolonged solitary confinement is torture and certainly should not be used as a punitive tool to intimidate or extract cooperation. We’re pleased to see that message is getting through to Senators,” Tammie Gregg, deputy director of the ACLU National Prison Project, told the Washington Examiner in a statement.

If there is anything that is a “disgrace,” it is a sitting Congresswoman’s lack of concern for the due process rights and constitutional rights of American citizens. It is one thing to disagree politically with one another, but it is quite another to argue we should be blind to injustices being committed by the U.S. government against the citizenry.


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