GOP Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene sent a letter to the U.S. Capitol Police. The letter states that Speaker Nancy Pelosi used the Capitol Police as “political pawns.”
Greene charged the Democrats with getting “precisely the ‘optics’ desired” after they refused requests for help in advance of Jan. 6. She added that Democrats wanted the riot that led to the second impeachment of President Donald J. Trump.
In her original letter, Greene also said there is a “two-track justice system” in the U.S. — denial of due process rights for Trump supporters who were at the Capitol on Jan. 6 and “catch-and-release” treatment for BLM and Antifa domestic terrorists.
“Consider that charges were dropped in at least 90 percent of cases where BLM and ANTIFA domestic terrorists were arrested over the last year,” she wrote. “Meanwhile, the accused protestors from Jan. 6 are being abused behind bars and denied their constitutional rights.”
She said one defendant faces seven years in prison for walking through the open doors of the Capitol, taking photos in the hallway and leaving without doing any harm.
“Another accused citizen sent a message to his father saying he had been in solitary confinement for one hundred days without having been convicted of any crime,” she wrote. “Mainstream media outlets have also reported DC jail guards cruelly beating Trump supporters. One man was beaten so badly that he has a skull fracture and is now blind in one eye.”
The Capitol Police responded to Greene, stating the insurrection is subject to “one of the largest and most complex investigations in the history of the FBI.”
As for how individuals are being detained and treated, Tad DiBiase, general counsel, wrote those questions are best left to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.
Greene responded that she has only become “more alarmed” by the Jan. 6 investigation and mistreatment of law enforcement.
“I remain convinced that the events of Jan. 6 could have been mitigated had House and Senate leadership responded to requests for support,” she wrote. “I am concerned that USCP officers are being used as political pawns by Speaker Pelosi and other party leaders. The USCP was placed in imminent danger because requests for support were repeatedly denied.”
Now, Greene wrote, those officers are being asked toa arrest staff members who fail to wear masks in the halls of the Capitol and House office buildings.
“I find it abhorrent that the police officers who keep us safe every day and in times of crisis are used as political pawns for Speaker Pelosi,” she wrote. “The role of the Capitol Police should be to keep members and staff safe, not enforce Speaker Pelosi’s arbitrary and contradictory COVID policies.”
Greene said it is alarming the House and Senate Sergeant-at-Arms denied the request for D.C. National Guard due to “optics.”
Police Chief Sund requested assistance six times ahead of Jan. 6, yet his request was delayed or denied every time.
Greene asked more questions:
Did former USCP Chief Sund request assistance from the DC Police or National Guard before Jan. 6, pursuant to his testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee? If so, why were his requests not promptly fulfilled?
Was USCP aware that after it was suggested that the National Guard be called in, Speaker Pelosi denied their assistance?
To what extent was USCP in contact with Speaker Pelosi before Jan. 6?
Did Speaker Pelosi fail to adequately communicate with USCP before or on Jan. 6?