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House Republicans say they plan to visit J6 defendants in jail

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Greene has previously visited some Jan. 6 defendants in jail where she saw they were “suffering greatly,” she said in 2021.

She was criticized in December for what she said was a “sarcastic joke” about the riot at the Capitol: “If Steve Bannon and I had organized that, we would have won. … Not to mention, it would’ve been armed.”

She said Wednesday that the jail visit would be open to members outside of the Oversight Committee but that a date has not been confirmed.

“We’re gonna try and see what it looks like … that’s part of what the Oversight Committee does with everything pertaining to the federal government, so we have some members that are going to hopefully tour that prison,” Comer told reporters.

The Oversight Committee’s ranking Democratic member, Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, responded to the planned visit in a statement to ABC News, saying, “The treatment of detained individuals in facilities across the country is an important subject for Congressional oversight. That’s why last Congress Oversight Democrats pressed for answers on the deteriorating conditions at Rikers Island in New York, for example.”

“Our GOP colleagues’ sudden and selective sympathy for January 6 insurrectionists reflects their continuing effort to lionize the violent attempt to overthrow the 2020 presidential election,” Raskin contended.

News of the jail trip comes as House Speaker Kevin McCarthy faces bipartisan backlash over exclusively sharing security footage from Jan. 6 with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, who used the clips to try and downplay the Capitol attack — drawing a rebuke from the Capitol Police chief. McCarthy said Tuesday he released the video in the interest of “transparencyAlex Jones would get $520,000 salary underbankruptcy plan

The Department of Justice said earlier this week that at least 1,000 people have been charged in connection with the Capitol assault, which sent lawmakers briefly into hiding. One of the people who breached the building, Ashli Babbitt, was also fatally shot by a Capitol Police officer.

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