Rep. Matt Gaetz on Thursday blasted the “two-tired justice system” operating under the Biden administration while attending a vigil for defendants jailed on charges related to the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol.
The Fort Walton Beach Republican spoke by phone to one of defendants while joining a small crowd gathered outside the Washington, D.C., Central Detention Facility.
The unidentified man on the phone told Gaetz he appreciated the attention the congressman was bringing to the defendants’ plight. The man also told Gaetz that conditions for the J6 defendants inside the jail were getting “funny.”
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“We think that they just want to play with us or (are) trying to break us psychologically,” the man told Gaetz.
In response, the GOP lawmaker said he was sorry “for any American who has to endure this two-tiered justice system.”
“I want you to spread the word in there that there are a group of us who know that we have to do more, and that we have not done enough,” Gaetz told him.
Gaetz then ripped into House Speaker Kevin McCarthy for failing to follow through on his pledge to release all of the video footage of the riot.
“I think that is dishonest, particularly for the people who have borne the brunt of this two-tiered justice system,” said Gaetz.
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“I’m committing to you directly that I’m going to work to get these J6 tapes released, if Kevin McCarthy wants to keep his job.”
“We really needed that. We really needed that,” the man on the phone replied. “Matt Gaetz, you’re one of the few good ones. When you speak, you’re saying what we’re thinking.”
In a message to his constituents, Gaetz added of his visit to the vigil, “It deeply troubles me that Americans are being forced to endure a two-tiered justice system. I was honored to have the chance to talk with one of these mistreated prisoners and let him know there are a group of us who have not forgotten about them.”
“I must do more. Congress must do more,” he added.
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