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[WATCH] CNN Interview With Capitol Rioter’s Lawyer Goes Sideways

A defense attorney for one of the Capitol insurrectionists went on a wild rant on CNN Tuesday morning, comparing the federal government’s treatment of accused rioters to “Nazis” and “the Russian gulags.”

Joseph D. McBride appeared on CNN’s “New Day” to discuss Monday’s sentencing of insurrectionist Paul Hodgkins, but the interview took a dramatic turn when host John Avlon asked McBride about a LinkedIn column he wrote comparing the federal government’s treatment of accused insurrectionists to the Nazi regime.

TOPSHOT – Richard Barnett, a supporter of US President Donald Trump sits inside the office of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as he protest inside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021. – Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

“Like the Nazis, like the Soviets in the Gulag, innocent men and women are being held in what we are calling D.C. Guantanamo Bay,” McBride said. “Pre-trial, absent any finding of fact, they’re being held for hundreds of days in solitary confinement. They’re being beaten. They’re being starved. They’re being denied medical care, they’re being denied the right to worship. They’re being cut off from their families [and their attorneys].”

When Avlon asked whether McBride has access to his client, he acknowledged that Barnett has been released pending trial. Avlon then asked McBride why he recently went on Russian TV with his client to plead the insurrectionists’ case.

“If the media and the United States government does not want to hold itself accountable for the human rights violations that are taking place at D.C. Guantanamo Bay, then who better to hold us accountable than the inventors of the Gulag themselves?” he responded. “That is why I went there.”

“That makes absolutely no sense,” Avlon responded, as McBride became more agitated.

“Are you OK with people being tortured?” McBride asked repeatedly, speaking over Avlon with his voice rising.

“I want to thank you for coming on, but I hope you would have more of a fact-based conversation with anything resembling a sense of perspective about an attack on our Capitol,” Avlon said, as McBride continued to yell, “Torture!”

Watch the full interaction, below.



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