On Thursday, The Washington Examiner posted an opinion piece about a group called “Look Ahead America” lead by Matt Braynard, a former Trump campaign aid.
The opinion piece notes:
A group fighting for the release of Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot suspects is urging voters to press candidates on the fairness of the extended jailings of many of those arrested after the pro-Trump protests.
Matt Braynard’s “Look Ahead America” is hoping to create a small citizen-journalist army that will film its questioning of candidates about those held, some for months.
“We encourage all of our fellow Americans to ask candidates for federal office the following question: What are you going to do about the patriots who are being politically persecuted for their participation in the Jan. 6 Capitol Protest?” he said.
He dubbed the effort the “J6 Question Project” and pledged to post the recordings on his website, which lists about 100 suspects who are behind bars.
The fact that these people are still in jail is a disgrace to our country. Our Congressmen took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. They are supposed to abide by it. The extended jailing of the January 6th defendants is in direct violation of the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which states:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
The January 6th defendants have been in jail for more than a year. Where is the Congressional outrage? Where are the Congressmen defending the Constitution?
The opinion piece concludes:
Braynard’s group has held about 70 events around the nation to draw attention to the unusually long holding of Jan. 6 suspects arrested by the FBI, including many who never entered the Capitol but were seen in the crowds outside the day that President Joe Biden’s election was certified by Congress.
Several conservative members have also drawn attention to the long jailings, notably Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz.
Braynard, in a statement Thursday, said: “For the last year, Look Ahead America has successfully held approximately 70 events across the country to raise the profile of the hundreds of Americans who have been politically persecuted. Now is the time to turn that public awareness into action by confronting candidates for public office and recording their statements on what they plan to do about our brothers and sisters who have been persecuted not for what they have done but for what they believe.”