December 16, 2021 – Press Release
WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene and 13 of her colleagues in the House of Representatives sent a letter to the Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, demanding the immediate termination of Kathleen Landerkin as Deputy Warden of Operations at the Central Treatment Facility (CTF) in Washington D.C.
READ THE LETTER HERE
As stated in the letter, Deputy Warden Landerkin has “demonstrated a consistent pattern of disrespect for Members of Congress and fellow corrections staff, in addition to displaying a public animus toward anyone who supports President Donald J. Trump.”
Landerkin has endorsed numerous statements which are blatantly anti-American and reprehensible: among others, equating Christians to the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), stating that Ashli Babbitt was responsible for being shot on January 6, labeling the President a “f**king Republican hypocritical piece of sh*t” and “a pig,” abolishing the electoral college, and advocating that Speaker Pelosi punish Republican Members of Congress for objecting to the certification of electoral ballots by not seating them as duly-elected Representatives.
“Kathleen Landerkin is the Deputy Warden of the D.C. Jail in charge of the unit housing the January 6th pre-trial detainees. She calls them white supremacists. She hates President Trump and hates anyone who supports him,” Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene said in a statement regarding her letter.
Congresswoman Greene continued, “This is the woman in charge of the atrocious conditions that I witnessed when I toured the jail after she locked me out on several attempts to conduct oversight. Kathleen Landerkin should be fired immediately.”
The 14 signers of the letter strongly implore Mayor Bowser to remove Landerkin from her critical position. Her biased comments over the better part of the last decade would evoke serious concerns from the American people, who are watching the treatment of inmates—inmates who are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
“Deputy Warden Landerkin has expressed hatred for supporters of former President Trump, and she should be removed from her position of trust that has allowed her to oversee abuse of Trump supporters in the DC Jail,” said Congressman Louie Gohmert. “Since she has expressed her motivation so starkly for the way the January 6 inmates have been treated, their complaints need to be given full consideration and appropriate response after she is removed from her position.”
“Deputy Warden Landerkin has failed to perform her duties. She has shown bias against Trump supporters and that bias is reflected in her unsatisfactory work. She deserves termination,” said Congressman Matt Gaetz.
“Mayor Bowser and the Board of Ethics must review the vitriolic and irrational communications and conduct from Deputy Warden Landerkin in light of the ethics rules requiring professionalism. Landerkin should be terminated immediately,” said Congressman Paul Gosar.
“Deputy Warden Landerkin’s behavior and stated views are contrary to a fair and unbiased justice system,” said Congressman Bob Good.
“Deputy Warden Landerkin is using her position to torture her political opponents in a system where justice is supposed to be blind,” said Congresswoman Mary Miller.
“The Constitution set out to establish a system where justice would be delivered swiftly, impartially, and the severity of the punishment would be equal to the severity of the crime—absent of any cruel and unusual punishment,” Congressman Michael Cloud said. “Deputy Warden Landerkin has not lived up to the Constitutional standard. She‘s instead demonstrated extreme personal bias in subjecting non-violent first time offenders who trespassed on the Capitol at a greater level than many of the most heinous criminals. She must be removed.”
The letter to Mayor Bowser demanding Landerkin’s termination was signed by the following Members of Congress:
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA-14)
Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01)
Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL-01)
Rep. Paul Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04)
Rep. Bob Good (VA-05)
Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01)
Rep. Ralph Norman (SC-05)
Rep. Mary Miller (IL-15)
Rep. Barry Moore (AL-02)
Rep. Tom Tiffany (WI-07)
Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ-05)
Rep. Lauren Boebert (CO-03)
Rep. Scott Perry (PA-10)
Rep. Michael Cloud (TX-27)