Protestors Interrupt Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene Press Conference on Treatment of Capitol Rioters

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Republican Reps. Matt Gaetz, Louise Gohmert, Paul Gosar and Marjorie Taylor Greene have gathered outside of the U.S. Department of Justice "demanding answers" from Attorney General Merrick Garland regarding the treatment and status of "January 6th prisoners and related investigations."

The representatives sent a letter to Garland last week to request a meeting to discuss "unanswered questions" about those serving time due to charges from the Capitol riot.

The press conference was brief, as it was interrupted by protestors blowing whistles and holding signs that read "Jan 6th was an inside job, vets for Democrats" and "Traitors + Rapists: Sit Down."

WATCH: Protesters interrupt news conference with Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz and others on January 6th. Press conference ends.

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The press conference was held as members of the January 6 committee are hearing testimony from Capitol police who were on the scene during the insurrection on January 6. The group is a bipartisan commission charged by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi with investigating the origins of the riot.

Republican representative Liz Cheney, one of two GOP members on the committee, thanked the officers for their "heroism and bravery" that day and for telling their story in front of the committee.

"I certainly join the chairman and every member of this committee in our commitment to making sure we get to the truth and that those who did this are accountable," she said.

The updates for this event have ended.

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), speaks at a press conference on the border crisis on Capitol Hill on June 17, 2021 in Washington, DC. Republican lawmakers voted against a bill the House passed on Tuesday awarding all law enforcement officers the highest congressional honor for their work during the January 6 Capitol riot. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Liz Cheney calls protests outside DOJ "a disgrace"

Wyoming representative Liz Cheney condemned her fellow Republican lawmakers for protesting outside of the Department of Justice.

"The fact that they've gone from recognizing what happened on the 6th to protesting in front of the Justice Department on behalf of those who are part of the insurrection is something that tI can't explain," she said. "I think it's a disgrace."

Cheney on her fellow Republicans:

“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.”

— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) July 27, 2021

Rep. Paul Gosar calls on ACLU, Human Rights Watch to speak out for January 6 prisoners

Representative Paul Gosar called on the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to advocate for the January 6th prisoners during the brief press conference in front of the Department of Justice.

"The public demands it," Gosar said, "and the defendants deserve equal treatment under the law."

"How is it that those who are not even citizens get better treatment and have due process at Gitmo [Guantanamo Bay]," he added

Where is the @ACLU, @amnesty, @hrw?

— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) July 27, 2021

Band drowns out press conference speakers

A band pulled up on 9th Street as the press conference was broken up.

They began playing music, drowning out the words of the speakers, as the protest continued.

A band remains on 9th Street!

— Zachary Petrizzo (@ZTPetrizzo) July 27, 2021

Protestor heckles Rep. Matt Gaetz: "Are you a pedophile?"

Representatives Matt Gaetz, Majorie Taylor Greene and others were rushed away as their press conference got overrun by protestors.

"You saw what happened here. The left shut us down, they hate free speech," one press conference organizer said as whistling from hecklers continued.

Gaetz was followed to his car by protesters. One woman with a camera repeatedly asked Gaetz if he was a pedophile.

Reps. Gaetz and Greene get run out of their own presser at the DOJ.

— Zachary Petrizzo (@ZTPetrizzo) July 27, 2021

Watch: Protestors interrupt the press conference

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene was cut off at the podium as someone yelled, "the left is interrupting the press conference."

Whistles continued to blow as signs read "January 6th was an inside job." Others yelled, "free the January 6th prisoners."

The representatives were quickly lead away by security.

Republicans' attempted counter-protest of the 1/6 commission was itself counter-protested out of existence

— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) July 27, 2021

Protestors interrupt press conference

The press conference was interrupted by protestors.

During the first set of speeches from representatives, one person was blowing a whistle.

Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene took the podium to tell the protestors "we will not back down, we will not stop asking questions or looking from the truth."

Then, protestors with signs calling out "fascism" moved behind the representatives, causing the press conference to end.

More protestors gathered and a band became playing to drown out the speakers. The representatives were rushed away by security.

Rep. Bob Good says he is seeking transparency from the DOJ

Virginia representative Bob Good said he and his fellow GOP lawmakers are seeking transparency.

He said everyone at the press conference "condemns the lawlessness" of the violence at the Capitol on January 6 but "defends those who were there peacefully protesting."

Good said he and his colleagues are "demanding answers to serious questions that the Department of Justice ignore."

"There should be no question to the treatment of Americans [in prison]," he said. "Due process must be afforded to all Americans."

Rep. Gohmert said January 6 prisoners are being held in solitary confinement, held without bail

During the press conference, Rep. Louise Gohmert (R-TX) said that people jailed for the January 6 attacks are being held without bail and held in solitary confinement.

"We are not here to do more than say give us answers to the questions we asked," he said.

"Let us know people are treated fairly and humanely," he added. "That is not too much to ask from the United States or the U.S. Department of Justice."

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