WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement regarding the presidential signing of Kari’s Law today at 1:30PM ET:
“Today is bittersweet for so many reasons. The Hunt family, brought in to Washington, D.C. by the White House, will witness the signing of legislation bearing their loved one’s namesake into law. Although this law will not reverse the heartbreaking loss of Kari Rene Hunt and all the horrors of that day, her legacy will now live on and safeguard others from experiencing a situation of this magnitude.”
“Kari’s Law, which ensures that anyone who dials 9-1-1 can reach emergency personnel even if the phone typically requires that user to dial an additional digit to get an outside line, was birthed by the dedication of Kari Hunt’s father, Hank Hunt.”
“In what was a tiring and sometimes frustrating process, the U.S. House of Representatives, on Kari’s 36th birthday, passed the final version of the legislation; and, today that legislation will be signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on the 50th anniversary of the first 9-1-1 call.”
“Today is monumental -- no longer should a child, or anyone for that matter, pick up the phone to call for help and get nothing.”
Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) presented the Hunt family with an American flag flown over the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the presidential signing of Kari’s Law. Both he and the Hunt family will be present at the signing in the Oval Office.
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The bill heads to the White House on what would have been Kari Hunt's 36th birthday.
Kari's Law is legislation that will require multi-line telephone systems to allow direct-dialing of 911 services. The legislation now goes to the White House for President Donald Trump’s signature or veto.
The namesake of the bill, Kari Hunt, was murdered by her estranged husband in a Marshall hotel room in December 2013. Hunt’s daughter, then 9 years old, attempted to dial 911 but was unable to reach an outside line because the multi-line phone required a “9” to be dialed first. Since then, Hank Hunt, her father, has worked to get laws passed at state and federal levels after promising his granddaughter that what happened to her will never happen to another child.
Separate versions of the bill were passed last year in the U.S. House and Senate, with a committee combining the two versions into a single bill.
The bill that passed the U.S. House Friday morning included an amendment with technical changes.
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Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement regarding his decision to vote against the massive spending bill (H.R. 1892 – The Bipartisan Budget Act) in the U.S. House of Representatives:
“The vote today for a spending bill that in essence runs up our deficit $1 Trillion was an exceedingly difficult one because of some of the things that were cynically put into the bill.”
“As the House Member, who stood up to Speaker Boehner in 2011 to demand that he not put our military on the table in a gamble in the original “Super Committee/ Sequester” bill and who has been pushing for Republican leadership to pass my bill, Armed Services Always Paid (ASAP) Act, that would ensure our military are paid in a shutdown, I am simply outraged that our military is still being used as pawns to draw affirmative votes on irresponsible Senate spending bills forced on the House. I continue, as I have since 2011, to push for us to pass my bill that will make military pay automatic even in a shutdown and take the issue off the table as leverage to vote for bad bills.”
“As a Texan, I support helping those devastated by natural disasters, but asking that we borrow a trillion dollars, so Texas can get $25 billion or so is not a good deal. Texas had much more damage than is being provided, and we could get full disaster relief for all states if we forced the Senate to pass good House bills that cut much of the waste in government. That would require, however, the Senate to use 51 votes to suspend the requirement to have 60 votes in the Senate that the Constitution does not require. I do not condemn Republicans who voted for this bill because they were put in a terrible situation; but so are the generations that follow us. “
Congressman Gohmert is the Vice Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee and the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, he was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas and was appointed by then Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.
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Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement regarding the passage of Kari's Law (H.R. 582) in the U.S. House of Representatives:
“Kari’s Law is on its way to the President’s desk to be signed into effect. Our children should be able to dial 911 and get help on the other end of the line in a hotel or in an office. Now they can. My heart goes out to Kari’s father, Hank. What a fitting day for Kari’s Law to pass—today Kari would have been 36 years old. Happy birthday, Kari. Your legacy lives on.”
Introduced first in 2015, Kari’s Law will ensure that anyone who dials 911 can reach emergency personnel even if the phone typically requires that user to dial a prefix such as “9” or “7” to get an outside line.Read More
Now that the memo prepared by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Majority regarding a warrant obtained from a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court has been made public, the very existence of a secret United States court has come into question.
The creation of such a court that allows the federal government to obtain secret warrants to spy on American citizens has long been a concern for civil liberty defenders. Modern technological advances that allow our federal government to watch and listen to Americans through our myriad of electronic devices already challenge protections provided by Fourth Amendment. This memo has revealed that in the secret FISA court, Fourth Amendment protections are illusory, especially if you’re connected with the Trump Presidential Campaign.
For our own Department of Justice to use a dossier created and paid for on behalf of one political party to spy on individuals in the campaign of the other party shakes the very foundation of our constitutional republic. Every American who is not completely motivated by party politics should be exceedingly concerned that a federal judge would accept such evidence without an adequate basis for its reliability. For this to go unchecked and unquestioned and, in fact, be renewed three additional times moves America in the direction of places like Venezuela or Russia, where the party in power is able to use every aspect of government as a weapon against its own citizens who might oppose it.
What is especially alarming is that instead of sharing in our concern, congressional Democrats are working to discredit the memo and its findings, despite the fact that the FBI and DOJ have not disputed the veracity of its content.
By their actions, congressional Democrats have indicated that the FBI and DOJ’s illegal spying is completely justified because of a “salacious” and unverified dossier on Carter Page, since he was a Trump campaign volunteer.
In other words, House and Senate Democrats are inferentially saying that it is perfectly fine if President Trump were to pay for a fictitious story made up by people who hate Democrats and use that fiction to have the DOJ spy on or wiretap potential political opponents for 2020. At least, that’s the message they are sending if they want to avoid being total hypocrites.
It is absolutely imperative that we ascertain whether or not there was any legitimate, independent and untainted evidence to justify the court’s warrant to spy on an American citizen and obtain multiple renewals of their warrant.
In addition, the role of the “Woods Procedures” in verifying the information used to obtain the warrant on Carter Page must be thoroughly examined.
The former Unit Chief of the FBI’s National Security Law Unit, Michael Woods, wrote these procedures to ensure information used before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) was accurate. The Woods Procedures mandate disclosure of the existence and nature of any criminal investigations involving the target, and the existence and nature of any prior or ongoing asset relationship between the target and the FBI, in addition to verification of the facts supporting probable cause for a warrant.
The Woods Procedures required verification and documentation at many levels within the FBI and DOJ before a FISA application could be approved, signed, and then presented to the FISC. The same information is supposed to be checked and double checked by multiple persons throughout the process.
Given the extensive verification process required to finalize a FISA application, and the number of senior officials that signed off on the multiple warrants for surveillance of Carter Page, it is truly a mystery how the “salacious and unverified” Steele dossier ever made it past these checks and into the courtroom. Could it be that all those safeguards were not utilized, or is it that all the individuals participating in the procedures had been corrupted or politicized?
For example, the fact that Christopher Steele was at one time a FBI informant and then had that status terminated, should have been revealed and identified to the FISA judge at some point during this process.
When the DOJ does not supply a truthful, legitimate basis for evidence submitted, the FISA judge personally stands between a weaponized system of injustice and the freedom of American citizens. Our Congress is the creator of every single federal court except for the Supreme Court. The Judiciary Committee and Congress stand, therefore, as the monitor and guardian over the jurisdiction, rules, and actions of every court we created. If a court under our purview is inadequate for the task it was assigned, we must act to fix the system.
It is our own Constitution that seeks to prevent destruction of constitutionally intended rights through our congressional oversight. That means in the current situation, with the knowledge we now have, our Judiciary Committee must request the transcripts of the four times, or possibly more, when the FISA court took up the issue of a warrant on anyone associated with the Trump campaign or Trump administration to determine whether or not such a court functioned as it was legislatively intended to do.
Rep. Gohmert is the vice chairman of the Natural Resources Committee and the vice chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, he was elected to three terms as a district judge in Smith County, Texas and was appointed by then Texas Gov. Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.
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Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe may have increased the legal jeopardy facing him and four other top federal law enforcement officials by telling Congress in December 2017 that no surveillance warrants could be sought without using the undocumented Steele dossier.
The reason is simple: By the procedural rules governing surveillance warrant requests to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court, federal officials are barred from knowingly using undocumented evidence.
But thanks to the court’s “Woods Procedures,” that’s exactly what was done by McCabe, and by his former boss, then-FBI Director James Comey, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, former acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente, and present Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
They did so by signing FISA surveillance warrant requests based on the Steele dossier, the opposition research compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele of allegations about President Donald Trump’s links to Russian government and business figures who supposedly helped him win the White House in 2016.
The Democratic National Committee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign committee indirectly paid for the Steele dossier via a Washington, D.C. law firm. Comey told Congress in 2016 that the dossier was “salacious and unverified.”
The FISA court was told of neither the dossier’s undocumented basis nor who paid for its production, a potentially serious violation of the Woods Procedures. Former CBS News Investigative Journalist Sharyl Attkissonexplains:
Woods Procedures were named for Michael Woods, the FBI official who drafted the rules as head of the Office of General Counsel’s National Security Law Unit. They were instituted in April 2001 to ‘ensure accuracy with regard to … the facts supporting probable cause’ after recurring instances, presumably inadvertent, in which the FBI had presented inaccurate information to the FISA court.
Prior to Woods Procedures, ‘[i]ncorrect information was repeated in subsequent and related FISA packages,’ the FBI told Congress in August 2003. ‘By signing and swearing to the declaration, the headquarters agent is attesting to knowledge of what is contained in the declaration.’”
Attkisson also points out that the FBI imposed, beginning in 2003, a rigid and complicated internal review process to subject FISA surveillance applications to an extremely rigorous assessment to ensure evidence presented to the court was solidly documented and credible.
The Robert Mueller who was director of the FBI in 2003 is the same Robert Mueller who is now the special counsel, whose investigation is relying in part upon the “salacious” and “unverified” Steele dossier used to gain approval to spy on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page in the Russia collusion investigation.
A Texas Republican congressman is calling for an action that would clarify for everybody involved exactly what the FISA court was told in the applications for surveillance of Page.
Rep. Louie Gohmert, who is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, told LifeZette Monday that “it is absolutely imperative that we in the judiciary committee get the transcripts of what was presented, what was said and argued before the secret FISA court.”
With the transcripts in hand, Gohmert said, “we can determine, among other things, if there was a fraud perpetrated upon the court, whether the court failed to properly elicit sufficient information to justify the secret surveillance of an American citizen, and why the FISA court appears to have taken no action against any attorney if such attorney misled the Court.”
Gohmert noted that “as a former felony judge, I know that a judge who has even the smallest amount respect for his or her position should be righteously outraged when a lawyer misleads or omits critically important information while seeking a warrant, especially a warrant to secretly surveil an American citizen.”The Texas congressman added that “since it appears our Democrat colleagues have no objections to an administration using politically motivated and contrived information to weaponize the federal government against its political opponents, it is even more critical that the Judiciary Committee get the FISA court transcripts to review what went on within the FISA court, even if we have to do it in a classified setting.” Read More
Under a contract from the Clinton campaign, the Fusion GPS research firm was paying the wife of a senior Department of Justice official as part of its efforts to gather opposition research on Trump, and the same official then brought that research to the FBI.
Knowledge of the relationship has raised questions about the extent to which the firm may have paid for heightened access to the criminal justice system, and whether they would have hired Nellie Ohr absent her spousal connection to the DoJ.
A declassified memo said Bruce “Ohr’s wife was employed by Fusion GPS to assist in the cultivation of opposition research on Trump. Ohr later provided the FBI with all of his wife’s opposition research, paid for by the DNC and Clinton campaign via Fusion GPS. The Ohrs’ relationship with Steele and Fusion GPS was inexplicably concealed from the” court when it was used to obtain a surveillance warrant.
Bruce Ohr was deputy associate attorney general until December. House investigators determined that he met personally with Glenn Simpson, Fusion GPS’ founder.
The FBI has limited resources to deal with a firehose of information, so people seeking the FBI’s attention could potentially benefit from greasing the wheels in order to get info to the front of the queue and to a high level.
“The money sweetened the pot for the Ohrs, and it certainly made it easier for Fusion to get the dossier to be used before the court if they made that payment to Bruce Ohr’s wife,” former judge and Texas GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert told The Daily Caller News Foundation,
“Fusion had to have known that because of the relationship between Bruce Ohr and his wife, they were bringing Fusion, the DOJ and the DNC together under one roof to work for the same goal, which was to stop Donald Trump from becoming president,” he said.
Ohr’s wife, Nellie, is a Russia expert, but it is not known what her specific contribution to the dossier was.
“The financial arrangement between Mrs. Ohr and Fusion GPS gives the appearance of government-for-hire,” said Tom Anderson, an ethics expert at the conservative-leaning watchdog group the National Legal and Policy Center. It “appears to be a sophisticated scheme to get access to the highest levels of our government … ensuring the use of government resources in an attempt to influence an election.”
Parties seeking to hide ethically questionable payments often write the checks to a family member. Since spouses generally share assets, payments to one benefit the other, and paying the spouse can make the payments less obvious or harder to trace.
Nellie did not return a message left on a number listed as her home phone number asking what contribution she made to the dossier.
Getting information into the hands of law enforcement through the family member of an official could have potentially also limited the paper trail showing how it wound up in FBI hands, and fingerprints tying it back to Fusion GPS, the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Gohmert, who is a member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, said he believes that Ohr and other officials already harbored anti-Trump inclinations, but the money could have helped push him over the edge to take a leading role. “It was a way to reward people that thought like them. They enriched themselves and their friends.”
Voter registration data shows Nellie has been a registered Democrat in the past.Read More
A FISA court judge has grounds to hold Department of Justice officials including Bruce Ohr in contempt of court for making misrepresentations about the sources of information used to obtain a surveillance warrant against a Trump associate, a former judge and Republican congressman said.
“I think it’s important to know who the FISA judge was, and why with all the info he’s had for some time, he has not put anyone in jail for committing fraud on his court,” Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican who serves on the Committee on the Judiciary, told The Daily Caller News Foundation Friday.
“You shouldn’t be able to get quotes from Bruce Ohr or [former FBI Director Jim] Comey or [deputy director Andrew] McCabe because they ought to be sitting in jail for committing fraud upon the court,” he said.
A memo declassified Friday showed that the Department of Justice sought and a FISA court granted a warrant to spy on former Trump campaign official Carter Page based on a dossier that was funded by the Clinton 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee and orchestrated by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS.
Fusion paid the wife of then-deputy associate attorney general Bruce Ohr, and Ohr met with Fusion’s founder Glenn Simpson.
The memo said “Ohr’s wife was employed by Fusion GPS to assist in the cultivation of opposition research on Trump. Ohr later provided the FBI with all of his wife’s opposition research, paid for by the DNC and Clinton campaign via Fusion GPS. The Ohrs’ relationship with Steele and Fusion GPS was inexplicably concealed from the” court when it was used to obtain a surveillance warrant.
Gohmert said the judge should not be happy with that omission. “This was an action by the DNC and known collusion with top officials at the DOJ and FBI to commit a fraud upon the FISA court.”
He said the actions of the judge on the secret court need to be examined. “The judge has to have known for months now that he or she had a fraud committed against them and he or she has done nothing. Any judge worth any salt would have called them in for hearings, and he can even order anyone who committed fraud upon the court to go to jail. This judge is either worthless or is in cahoots with those who manipulated it.”
Attorneys can be sanctioned by the bar association for misrepresentations, but they can also be held by the judge for contempt of court, he said.
Gohmert said the underlying evidence upon which the memo is based should also be released. “The sources were high authorities in the FBI and the Justice Department as well as an uncorroborated hater of Donald Trump.”
“I’m totally in support of keeping methods and sources secret, unless it’s a case like this where the sources and methods are fraud, in which case everyone needs to be able to assess that,” he said.
He said beyond politics, the apparent approval of the warrant despite problems with evidence raises the question of whether others are unfairly subject to surveillance. “We need to find out if we need to stop the FISA process entirely.”Read More
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said Monday that Democratic opposition to President Trump's immigration offer shows they don't really care about solving America's border problems.
"The president showed them for their insincerity," he said on Fox News. "He dangles out there a big offer, which would probably result in millions getting legalization, and what do the Democrats do? They say 'Oh, that's not good enough.'"
"Well, it's several times better than what you had before and it's still not good enough," he said. "The president, brilliant. He showed them for their insincerity."
Trump proposed legalizing up to 1.8 million Dreamers, who are younger immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children. But Trump also said the U.S. needs to fund a border all, and end chain migration and the diversity visa lottery.
But Gohmert admitted he's skeptical that the border security side of the deal would ever get sone, since Congress has passed laws in that area before, and then watched the actual effort fizzle out.
Gohmert also said he's concerned that talk of an immigration deal seems to be leading to increased migration to the U.S. through Mexico.
"If we get the border secured, then we will be able to work out things for those who are here, get rid of the gang-bangers and all that," he said. "But until the border's secured, the Border Patrol are telling me, the surge is back, and now families are coming in droves bigger than ever."Read More
“I’ve been complaining since the day he was appointed, he did so much damage to the FBI,” Gohmert said of Mueller, offering up multiple criticisms of his long FBI career, from his alleged mishandling of the Boston bombing in 2013 to the now-infamous anthrax investigations over a decade earlier.
“This guy has done so much damage to our country, to the greatest law enforcement force for good in history, the FBI … he did a lot of damage. It’s time to stop the damage that he’s doing right now,” added Gohmert.
He also faulted Mueller for his handling of the 2001 anthrax investigation.
“This guy’s done so much damage, he should never have been appointed, and if he had had any decency about him at all, he would have immediately declined because he couldn’t investigate anything Comey is involved in,” he said, suggesting Mueller and former FBI Director James Comey are basically “joined at the hip.”
Earlier in the segment, Gohmert also praised President Donald Trump’s recent offer of a compromise on immigration, saying it completely exposed Democrats as not being the least bit interested in finding a solution but merely in playing politics with the issue in the coming mid-term elections.
Gohmert said the administration should now rescind the offer democrats have since rejected so as not to continue to encourage more ongoing illegal immigration until a real solution for border security can be implemented.
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Serving his fifth term in the United States House of Representatives, Congressman Louie Gohmert was first sworn in January 4, 2005. He proudly represents the First District of Texas which encompasses over 12 counties stretching nearly 120 miles down the state’s eastern border.
During these trying economic times, Rep. Gohmert is developing innovative solutions to jumpstart our economy and offering practical alternatives to the government’s bailout frenzy. His “Federal Income Tax Holiday” gained widespread national support from the grassroots level to national leaders, allowing taxpayers to decide how best to spend their hard-earned money. Louie has repeatedly called for an end to the socialization of our economy and decried the notion that Washington Bureaucrats know better than American taxpayers.
Louie serves on numerous House committees and subcommittees. He was recently named Vice Chair of the Judiciary subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security due to his extensive knowledge stemming from years in the court room.
Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. During his tenure on the bench, he gained national and international attention for some of his innovative rulings. He was later appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.
Louie received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and later graduated from Baylor School of Law. He is also a veteran having served his country as Captain in the U.S. Army.
Today, he and his wife Kathy are the proud parents of three daughters. Their family attends Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, where Louie has served as a deacon and still teaches Sunday school.