Louie Gohmert

Louie Gohmert

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Gohmert on Attorney General Holder’s Resignation

2014/09/25

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement on the announcement that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder would be stepping down from his position:

“For many years now, I have been calling for Attorney General Holder’s resignation. Not only has he lied before Members of Congress and, ultimately, been held in contempt, he has obfuscated the truth and been the most partisan, partial, prejudiced and self-pitying Attorney General in my lifetime, including John Mitchell who went to jail for his crime.

As a former judge who has questioned Holder numerous times before the House Judiciary Committee, it is frustrating to seek the truth and receive dishonesty and arrogance from the chief law enforcement officer of the United States government.

He has prosecuted more people for leaking, which sometimes is an effort at whistle blowing, than all other Attorneys General added together. He has not only failed to investigate crimes and potential crimes occurring in this administration, he has been the Cover-Upper-in-Chief and will be sorely missed by those in the administration like Lois Lerner who want to disobey the law and flaunt it.

It is my sincere hope that the Obama Administration will appoint an Attorney General who is reputable and truly desiring to uphold law and order for all Americans– not just cater to this administration’s whims and ideology.”

Congressman Louie Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. He also served as Chief Justice of Texas'12th Court of Appeals.

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Gohmert: Obama’s Praise for Radical Muslim Cleric is ‘Truly Unsettling’

2014/09/24

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R., Texas) said that it is “truly unsettling” and “utterly appalling” that President Obama went before the United Nations on Wednesday and praised a controversial Muslim cleric who endorsed a fatwa encouraging the murder of U.S. troops in Iraq.

Obama came under scrutiny yesterday after the Washington Free Beacon reported on his commendation of controversial cleric Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, who the president referred to as a moderate Muslim capable of helping to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL or ISIS) extremist ideology.

Critics noted that the cleric endorsed a 2004 fatwa advocating for the killing of U.S. soldiers in Iraq and has called “for the death of Jews,” according to terrorism analyst Patrick Poole.

Additionally, Bin Bayyah has served as the vice president of a Muslim scholars group that has reportedly endorsed Hamas and that was founded by a radical Muslim Brotherhood leader who has called “for the death of Jews and Americans,” according to multiple reports.

Gohmert, a vocal critic of radical Islam, told the Free Beacon that Obama’s efforts to boost Bin Bayyah and sell him to the world as a moderate cleric are “truly unsettling” and “utterly appalling.”

“It is truly unsettling that our Commander-in-Chief can praise someone with such a radical ideology in the midst of conducting airstrikes against those that hold the same beliefs, then finish his speech at the U.N. with his best impersonation of a determined George W. Bush,” Gohmert told the Free Beacon in a statement.

“Perhaps it is the people he has advising him, but he still has extraordinary difficulty in discerning our friends from our enemies. Case in point, he continues outreach to Iran while their centrifuges continue to spin future death for the U.S. and Israel,” said Gohmert, who serves as vice chair on the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

Gohmert is particularly miffed that Obama gave a nod to Bin Bayyah from the global stage at the U.N. with the world watching.

“The ideology of ISIL or al Qaeda or Boko Haram will wilt and die if it is consistently exposed, confronted, and refuted in the light of day,” Obama said in his remarks.

“Look at the new Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies—Sheikh bin Bayyah described its purpose: ‘We must declare war on war, so the outcome will be peace upon peace,’” Obama said, quoting the controversial cleric.

“It is utterly appalling that the President of the United States would go before the United Nations and praise a radical Muslim cleric,” he said. “President Obama honored Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah by reading a quote from him on the world stage and grouping this cleric with those who are ‘Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies.’”

Given Bin Bayyah’s controversial views and past statement, “this, by no means, sounds like a moderate Muslim leader,” Gohmert said.

When asked to explain Obama’s remarks on Wednesday, a White House official said that the president’s comments speak for themselves and declined to add anything further.

The Obama administration has come under fire multiple times in the past for promoting Bin Bayyah.

He was included in a 2013 meeting at the White House with Obama’s national security team. The State Department’s Counterterrorism Bureau (CT) then promoted Bin Bayyah earlier this year on Twitter. The department later deleted the pro-Bin Bayyah tweet and apologized multiple times for promoting the controversial cleric.

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Gohmert Introduces Bill Preventing Federal Government from Mandating Food Requirements for Schools

2014/09/19

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement regarding his bill, the ‘‘EDIBLE Act” which is an acronym for the longer name of the bill, the ‘Eliminate Dogmatic Interference by Bureaucratic Lunch Extremists Act', which would prevent the federal government from making any food mandates or requirements for schools that are not completely paid for with federal funds:

"The best thing the federal government could do, regarding the federal food mandates for students, is completely drop the demands. It is grossly unfair for unelected bureaucrats or spouses of elected officials to mandate what must be eaten and not eaten where they have never lived, resided or eaten.

When cafeteria workers have shown me the list of allowed foods, I was shocked that there were so many foods that I had never even heard of as well as foods I did not eat as an east Texas student. Now as an east Texas adult it is exceedingly clear that the best control is local control, and that is especially true of students' food.’  Cafeteria workers all over east Texas have complained about the massive amount of food they are federally required to cook and throw away. Sanity must return to local school menus.”

Congressman Louie Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. He also served as Chief Justice of Texas'12th Court of Appeals.

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Gohmert Slams Obama's ISIS Strategy

2014/09/18

HOUSTON, Texas -- Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert took to the House floor on Tuesday, and gave a riveting speech against arming the Syrian rebels. 

"The truth is, under this president, we trained people in Libya, we provided weapons in Libya that were then used against us in Benghazi," the Congressman said. There are Americans dead because this administration felt compelled to go in and take out Gaddafi."

px;">He continued, "One of the big problems is too…when we go in and train, as this president wants us to do for Syrians, they learn our trade craft. They use it against us as they did at Benghazi. al Quida today has indicated that all Jihadists must combine together and that pressure is going to get greater and greater."

Gohmert pointed out several Muslim brotherhood leaders who have "begged" Jihadists to "come together in their fight against the United States."

The Texas Congressman continued on to say that our actions, under the Obama administration, "will unify radicals against us...We're uniting the Jihadists of the world to come against us. Why? Because there's nothing lower to these Jihadists than infidels that help invade what they consider to be a Muslim country. And we are about to ask for more than this administration knows."

Gohmert's speech comes on the heels of Obama outlining his own "strategy" for dealing with ISIS, which Breitbart News' Ben Shapiro called "deeply problematic on virtually every strategic and rhetorical level."

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Rep. Louie Gohmert Votes Against Arming ‘Moderate’ Syrian Rebels

2014/09/17

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement on his decision to vote against an amendment that would authorize the training and equipping of ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels: 

 

"The House voted today to back President Obama’s deeply flawed mission to arm Syrian rebels – purportedly to stop the Islamic State.  I voted against this effort because the Syrian rebels this President wants to continue arming and training has strong ties to the very group that we are supposedly fighting.

Though President Obama says the Islamic State is not religious, their radical Islamist leaders are apparently unaware of that. The leadership of the Free Syrian Army says that they are willing to fight and kill alongside the Islamic State, who they say shares their religious beliefs. The Islamists that President Obama wants to keep arming have also worked with al Qaeda affiliates in the past and will in the future. 

Even if someone is naive as this administration's officials, they should have become alarmed long before now that weapons this President has been sending to the "vetted moderate Free Syrian Army" for over a year continue to end up in the hands of our sworn enemies. America should have no part in arming and training these radical armies.  Since the Islamist State says they are at war with us, we should eliminate them without giving our enemies more weapons with which to murder us."

Congressman Louie Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. He also served as Chief Justice of Texas'12th Court of Appeals.

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Gohmert: Benghazi 'Not Old News Because We Still Don't Have the Answers'

2014/09/10

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Benghazi will not be old news until the outstanding questions are answered, according to Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX).

“Now some are tempted to ask, ‘What difference at this point does it make,’” Gohmert said Wednesday at a press conference marking the two-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack on the American facilities in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens.

“And the answer should come swift and clear anytime it’s asked, because until we know what happened, we can’t avoid the same mistakes in the future,” he said. 

Gohmert took the Obama administration to task for covering up the happenings in Benghazi, comparing it to Watergate. 

“Now 40 years later this administration is following the example that was learned in the Clinton years, that if you keep refusing to provide documents, keep refusing to give answers, then eventually you can get to the point where you can say that’s old news. And the mainstream media can sometimes be compliant and say ‘Well it is old news,’” the Texas Republican said.

“Well, it’s not old news,” he stressed, “because we still don’t have the answers.”

Charles Woods, the father of Navy Seal Ty Woods, who was killed during the attack in Benghazi, also called for answers from the administration. 

“I would rather actually not be here,” Woods said. “I would rather that my son were still alive.”

Woods said he is haunted but the lack of answers to questions, particularly why there was not a rescue attempt — recalling his experience as a Navy Seal himself and the policy to not leave a man behind. 

“When a mission was compromised, the warriors, they know they will be extracted. During all of the hours that this attack happened, there was no attempt made to rescue,” he said. 

“We still do not have the answers we need — the truthful answers we need as to why these American heroes were left to die,” he added.

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William Boykin, executive vice president of the Family Research Council, added that Benghazi continues to matter because it reveals the character of the country.

“I tell you, it makes a a lot of difference, because its a matter of the character of this nation, it makes a lot of difference. Who are we as a nation? What are our national values? It makes a lot of difference.” he said.

Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino added that Benghazi remains important.

“It will become old news when the president can explain to us where he was, what he did, and frankly why the character of the people who responded from the CIA annex to the mission complex to save those people far surpass[es] the character of the folks in his administration who lied to us since this event happened,” he said. “This is a blemish on what everything the United States stands for means.”

Also Wednesday, a day before the official anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on Benghazi, the conservative Judicial Watch released new internal documents from the State Department obtained in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit showing that, up to three months before the attack, security guards were abandoning their posts “out of fear of their safety.”

“As best we can tell, the Freedom of Information Act, at this time, is the best way to get information out of this administration — an administration that is committed to secrecy and stonewalling on something that would have taken down previous administrations,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said at the press conference. “Which is the lying by a president and his officials, to protect his reelection, about a terrorist attack that killed four Americans.”

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Rep. Gohmert: Obama Is To The Constitution As Putin Is To Ukraine

2014/09/09

President Barack Obama’s promise to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants following the midterm elections is “lawless” and a power-grab comparable to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intrusion into Ukraine, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert said Tuesday.

“As I listen to my colleagues talk about the president intruding into Article 1 section 8 — the powers that are given under the Constitution, to the legislature, to the Congress — and taking those, it occurs to me that this president is to our constitution as Putin is to Ukraine,” he said at a press conference.

Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Marsha Blackburn led the conference, where they and other Republicans called for the Senate to vote on a House-passed bill that would prevent the president from using federal funds to expand amnesty for illegal immigrants.

The bill, sponsored by Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn would effectively freeze Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which they say is acting as a magnet for children on the border, and is the root cause of the crisis.

“The only way to solve the crisis at the border,” Sen. Cruz said. “Is to end the promise of amnesty that is causing these children to come, and causing these little boys and little girls to be victimized, to be physically assaulted, to be sexually assaulted by violent drug cartels and coyotes that are bringing them in.”

“This crisis on the border is President Obama’s fault,” added Texas Rep. Pete Olson.

Obama said in an interview earlier this week that he intends to take executive action to authorize temporary amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants following the midterm elections. Republicans are outraged at what they see as a purely political move, and Rep. Gohmert accused the president of taking action that will help drug cartels profit at the expense of American jobs.

“Adults have lost jobs right and left, including in our military,” he said. “They have been losing jobs because of the decisions of the United States government. … Those people have dreams. Their kids have dreams. What about their dreams?”

“It’s time to stop helping the drug cartels, and hurting the dreams of African Americans, Hispanic Americans for heavens sake, all Americans. And we can do that if we step up, and say ‘enough lawlessness Mr. President.’”

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Home News Local News Area officials ask state, federal reps about policy

2014/09/04

About 100 city officials from across 22 counties converged Wednesday on Longview for a two-way dialogue with a state representative and their U.S. congressman.

“Kasha, you’re doing it,” U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert of Tyler told Longview City Councilwoman Kasha Williams, who had asked what local officials can do to draw national support home to convert fleets to compressed natural gas.

“You have just given me ammunition to take back (to Washington),” the Republican said, responding to the Democratic councilwoman’s riddle of how cities can afford the millions of dollars it takes to make garbage trucks, buses and other fleets run on the energy efficient fuel.

Gohmert and state Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, were guests of Longview Mayor Jay Dean on Wednesday at the quarterly meeting of the Texas Municipal League’s 22-county Region 15 at Pinecrest Country Club.

Simpson’s answer to the question from Williams, who is second vice president of the region where Hallsville Mayor Jerri Medrano is president, was to let free market forces pull the natural gas wagon.

Gohmert had begun with that answer before Williams pressed him.

Kilgore College President Bill Holda asked Simpson’s opinion on capping the amount by which local appraisal districts can raise property values on which taxes are based.

“I do think capping it really redistributes some of the problem elsewhere,” Simpson replied. “Because, when you cap somebody, someone else is just going to have to make it up.”

Bills to control how much county appraisal districts may tax the values of homes and other properties have appeared in several legislative sessions but have not won final passage.

Simpson said he would look at a cap bill if it tied rising values to inflation and population growth — and if the directors guiding appraisal districts were elected by voters instead of by other elected officials as they are now.

Gohmert earlier warned the crowd of a rule being proposed by the Obama administration that might tie federal Community Development Block Grants to cities’ willingness to embrace low-income housing for illegal immigrants.

“You have all these bureaucrats that pass regulations that nobody in Congress knows about,” he said. “Have the city attorney look closely (at federal grant money). And if there’s a problem, let your congressman know.”

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Gohmert Slams TSA for Allowing Illegals to Fly Without Valid ID Then Lying About It

2014/08/25

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently penned a letter that confirmed what Breitbart Texas Managing Director Brandon Darby reported back in July--the agency was allowing illegal immigrants to board planes using only Notice to Appear forms that they received after entering the U.S. illegally. The revelation directly contradicts the TSA's previous allegations that Darby's report was "completely wrong." Reacting to the TSA's letter, Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert told Breitbart Texas that the agency's handling of the situation are both "egregious" and "destructive."

"The TSA serves under and is accountable to the Commander in Chief, and this egregious, destructive conduct by the Homeland Security Department and TSA puts Americans at grave risk," Gohmert said. "Why do we have to undergo groping, thorough review of our photo ID's, and long infernal lines while the TSA is figuratively closing it's eyes and waving people with no regard for U.S. law right onto airplanes?"

The congressman continued, "Maybe the President didn't hear SOUTHCOM Commander, Gen. John Kelly, both times he made clear in Congressional testimony that the criminal networks and terrorist organizations penetrating our southern border are a threat to the very existence of the United States. That includes being a threat to whatever golf course the President happens to be on at the time."

As Breitbart Texas previously reported, Notice to Appear forms do not adequately confirm an individual's identity. Hector Garza, a spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) told Breitbart Texas that the forms can be "easily be reproduced or manipulated on any home computer. The Notice to Appear form has no photo, anyone can make one and manipulate one. They do not have any security features, no watermark, nothing. They are simply printed on standard copy paper based on the information the illegal alien says is the truth."

Prior to writing its letter of admission, the TSA insisted that Darby's allegations were untrue. TSA Press Secretary Ross Feinstein attacked Darby and the NBPC on Twitter. After claiming that Darby's report was "completely wrong," Feinstein falsely complained that no one had “contacted us for a statement and/or info. before publishing story." Darby responded to Feinstein with a screen shot, proving that he had, indeed, attempted to reach out to the TSA for comments before publishing his story. 

Garza said, ""Ross Feinstein and the TSA higher ups should apologize to the NBPC and to Brandon Darby for reporting the truth. ... Shame on Ross Feisnten and the TSA for lying to the American Public and for saying that border patrol agents, the NBPC and Brandon Darby were liars."

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Gohmert: Execution of US Journalist Gives Glimpse into 'Brutality of Radical Islam'

2014/08/22

HOUSTON, Texas -- On Thursday Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert responded to the video allegedly showing the decapitation of American journalist James Foley. Gohmert said the footage gave Americans a "glimpse of the brutality of radical Islam."

"These evil people and their despicable, inhuman atrocities cry out for countries desiring peace to eliminate them from the living," Gohmert said in a statement provided to Breitbart Texas. "My thoughts and prayers have gone out to Mr. Foley’s family and friends. Their pain, suffering, and anger are unimaginable."

In the video, a terrorist said into the camera, "Any attempt by you, Obama, to deny Muslims liberty & safety under the Islamic caliphate will result in the bloodshed of your people." Foley next blamed actions by the U.S. government for his own death. 

The congressman also acknowledged the other U.S. journalist who is currently in captivity by ISIS. After Foley was beheaded alive in the video, ISIS brought out another man, who is allegedly journalist Steven Sotloff. The ISIS members vowed to murder Sotloff next if President Obama does not do what they demand.

Gohmert said, "We also pray for the additional journalist in captivity and hope for a safe return. But, as we pray for his safety and the American people, our government should be responding with such dramatic power that tempted terrorists are tempted no more."

He then criticized Obama's apparent attitude towards ISIS. 

"Terrorism is very real and is growing despite this President’s best efforts to weaken U.S. power and apologize," Gohmert continued. "Before ISIS commits more heinous crimes against humanity in the name of radical Islam, it must be annihilated for the good of all peace-loving Christians, Jews, moderate Muslims, other religious people, and secularists who simply want to live in peace. Peace will come no other way."

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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.


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