Wednesday 9 June 2021

DC Mayor Is Unwilling To Answer Congressional Letter on Prison Conditions for Jan. 6 Protesters Held Illegally by their Country


The U.S. House Oversight is threatening to investigate the condition of prisons in D.C. where prisoners, including those held since January 6 for Capitol Hill offenses, are being held in solitary confinement, claiming Bowser is not ready for DC Statehood until she complies with their requests.

U.S. Rep. James Comer (R-KY), the Republican leader of the U.S. House Oversight Committee, sent Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser a letter in April, requesting information about Bowser’s established draconian conditions in D.C. jails keeping prisoners under her jurisdiction in solitary confinement for up to 23 hours a day. Further, Bowser’s refusal to answer to the U.S. House impacts her pursuit of Statehood for D.C. According to one local activist who has studied the situation, she has even made the situation worse because of the investigation.

Suzanne Monk, the founder of ReOpen America Pac, told T:

Remember this is anyone in D.C. who is awaiting trial, which includes people who are there as a result of January 6, who are still awaiting trial and are being held in solitary confinement for up to 23 hours a day. After Rep. Comer sent his letter, Bowser made the situation worse by claiming that anyone who had gotten vaccinated could have a break in solitary. So that makes it worse for those people in there. We are watching this situation and will update you.

According to the letter from Comer, Bowser can expect to be investigated by Congress for her actions, even if she chooses to continue to ignore their inquiries.

According to Comer’s letter, if Bowser wants statehood, she needs to be ready to take federal prisons, and that means she needs to have her prisons evaluated. Referencing a recent article in the Washington Post, he said:

D.C.’s house is not in order, and the solution is not to grant it even more authority through
statehood. It is this Committee’s responsibility and obligation to exercise proper oversight of the District, its infrastructure, finances, and citizens, including those who may be incarcerated.
Please coordinate with the staff of the Committee on Oversight and Reform to arrange a briefing
to answer questions regarding this disturbing treatment of D.C.’s incarcerated population.

In addition, please provide a response to my letter of April 6, 2021, which asked you a series of
straightforward questions regarding D.C. statehood and the intent to levy a commuter tax against neighboring jurisdictions, which has gone unanswered by your office.

The Committee on Oversight and Reform is the principal oversight committee of the U.S. House
of Representatives and has broad authority to investigate “any matter” at “any time” under House Rule X. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this inquiry.

The U.S. House Minority Office confirmedthat there had been no response to Comer’s letter.

This should nix the leftist fantasy that Washington DC deserves to be a state — which is also unconstitutional. 

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