Cheney calls Gaetz, Greene DOJ protest a 'disgrace'

Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyThe Memo: Trump's Arizona embarrassment sharpens questions for GOP House passes sweeping defense policy bill Trump rips Bush for backing Cheney MORE (R-Wyo.) condemned her fellow Republicans who protested outside the Department of Justice while a hearing on the Capitol riot took place.

Republican Reps. Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertRepublicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally Security forces under pressure to prevent repeat of Jan. 6 Washington ramps up security ahead of Sept. 18 rally MORE (Texas), Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzBipartisan senators to hold hearing on 'toxic conservatorships' amid Britney Spears controversy Eric Trump lawyer in New York attorney general's fraud case quits Republicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally MORE (Fla.), Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarDomestic extremists return to the Capitol Republicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally Washington ramps up security ahead of Sept. 18 rally MORE (Ariz.) and Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP efforts to downplay danger of Capitol riot increase The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida MORE (Ga.) held a press conference at 1 p.m. on Tuesday outside the Department of Justice (DOJ) demanding to know the status and treatment of those arrested for their participation on Jan. 6.

The Republican-led protest happened as Capitol police officers were giving testimonies regarding the events that occurred on Jan. 6 when a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol. 

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Cheney condemned the group and Republican leadership for what she described as a shift from recognizing “what actually happened” on Jan. 6 to protesting outside the DOJ during the hearing. 

“The fact that they’ve gone from recognizing what happened on the 6th to protesting in front of the DOJ on behalf of those who are part of the insurrection … I think it’s a disgrace,” she said.

 

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It is not clear that anyone from Republican leadership was involved in the protest. The protest was interrupted by counterprotesters and ended abruptly

The GOP representatives on Monday sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandHouse passes bill to ensure abortion access in response to Texas law Delta pushes for national 'no fly' list of unruly passengers after banning 1,600 from flights Democrats demand more action from feds on unruly airline passengers MORE asking “to discuss the status of the January 6th prisoners and related investigations.”

“In addition, we have concerns about reports of the conditions of the prison where these detainees are being held and whether, in fact, there have been instances of abuse inflicted by other prisoners or guards. We also have questions regarding whether some have been or are currently being imprisoned in solitary confinement for the purpose of punishment or as a means of cruel and unusual punishment,” the group said in the letter.

Cheney, along with Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerThe Memo: Trump's Arizona embarrassment sharpens questions for GOP The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble Fifth House Republican comes out in support of bipartisan infrastructure bill MORE (Ill.), are the only two Republicans on the Jan. 6 panel designed to investigate the events of that day. The first hearing of the select committee happened on Tuesday.