Louie Gohmert

Louie Gohmert

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Houston’s Mayor Backtracks on Church Subpoenas, Tosses Her Own Lawyers Under the Bus (Updated)

2014/10/16

Houston’s power-mad Mayor Annise Parker has backtracked on those subpoenas that she had the city issue to five city pastors, at taxpayer expense.

The mayor made the move as Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott sent a letter to Parker asking that she withdraw the subpoenas “immediately.”

Attorney General Greg Abbott Asks Houston City Attorney to Withdraw Subpoenas Seeking Sermons, Other Documents from Houston-area Pastors

AUSTIN — Attorney General Abbott today asked that the Houston City Attorney to immediately withdraw the subpoenas sent last month to several Houston-area pastors seeking sermons, notes and other information.

In his letter to the city attorney, Attorney General Abbott said, “Whether you intend it to be so or not, your action is a direct assault on the religious liberty guaranteed by the First Amendment. The people of Houston and their religious leaders must be absolutely secure in the knowledge that their religious affairs are beyond the reach of the government.”

Abbott is the Republican nominee for Texas governor and is widely expected to win in November.

Houston’s KTRH radio reports that Parker is shifting her position.

The mayor says the subpoenas were too broad, and should not have included actual sermons.

“It’s not about what did you preach on last Sunday,” Parker told reporters Wednesday.  “It should have been clarified, it will be clarified.”

Actually it was very much about what pastors preached, and how they communicate with each other and with ministry staff.

Parker added:

“When I looked at it I felt it was overly broad, I would not have worded it that way myself,” he said.  “It’s unfortunate that it has been construed as some effort to infringe upon religious liberty.”

City Attorney David Feldman now claims that he did not even review the subpoenas before they were issued.

Both are remarkable climb-downs from the position that Parker herself took just Tuesday night, when she defended the subpoenas of sermons themselves as “fair game.”

Parker defended the subpoenas, and specifically subpoenaing sermons, in this tweet:

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If the 5 pastors used pulpits for politics, their sermons are fair game. Were instructions given on filling out anti-HERO petition?-A

Now she claims that they were “overly broad.” More likely, the reaction that her move got was overly hostile — forcing her hand.

Update: Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert weighs in:

“Apparently, the subpoena was not merely about sermons, but also about harassment for exercising 1st Amendment religious freedoms that are in conflict with totalitarian-loving, Judeo-Christian heritage hating city officials. It appears they saw how this administration has successfully used the courts and IRS to harass and eliminate political adversaries without any adverse consequences, and so they are giving their own abuses a try.”
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Lawmakers Want Answers on Hospital’s Failed Ebola Safety Protocols: ‘Highly Concerning’

2014/10/16

On Wednesday, senior lawmakers were scrambling to keep up with information on the growing Ebola threat after a second person in Dallas was diagnosed with the deadly virus.

Several lawmakers told TheBlaze that they want answers as to why Obama administration and health officials failed to take extensive precautions immediately when evidence suggested that an Ebola outbreak was possible and why first responders have had ineffective training regarding the contagion.

The issue became more perilous Wednesday when it was reported that another nurse working in close proximity to Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was diagnosed with the virus. Amber Vinson, 29 is the second nurse that treated Duncan to contract Ebola.

Complicating matters further, it was reported that Vinson took a roundtrip flight from Texas to Ohio after she provided care to the contagious Duncan, possibly exposing those with whom she came in contact during her trip. Information released by the health officials indicates Vinson was possibly symptomatic, registering a slight fever (99.5) on her return flight. The Centers For Disease Control is asking all 132 passengers on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 to report to the CDC.

CDC officials confirmed that Vinson, who lived in an apartment complex where four Blaze employees also reside, will be transferred from the Dallas hospital to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Lawmakers say the failures in protocol disclosed by hospital staff need to be investigated. Deborah Burger, of the National Nurses United, held a press conference and revealed alarming allegations from hospital staff about the lack of safety measures, including that nurses lacked proper training to handle the situation. It was also alleged that medical workers were provided “non-impermeable” gowns as protection, and Duncan was in the emergency room with other patients for hours despite information that he had traveled from Ebola-stricken Liberia.

 

Some lawmakers are also calling on the administration for a travel ban on West African nations most impacted by the virus.

House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement that a “temporary ban on travel to the United States from countries afflicted with the virus is something that the president should absolutely consider along with any other appropriate actions as doubts about the security of our air travel systems grow.”

House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) told reporters that the spread of Ebola in Dallas raises the question of “proper protocols.” On “Face the Nation” this week, he suggested “temporarily suspending the 13,000 visas” held by people coming from West Africa, where Ebola is spreading quickly, should be an option on the table.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) told TheBlaze that it is unconscionable for CDC Director Thomas Frieden to blame Vinson for taking a flight after treating a patient with Ebola, when it was the nurses who were not properly trained to protect themselves from the virus.

“The same people who said if you like your health insurance and doctor, you can keep them, are telling us that Ebola is under control,” Gohmert said. “The CDC says a nurse got Ebola when the protocols were violated, but failed to create the protocols, failed to provide the protocols, and can’t say which of their non-existent protocols were violated. These CDC clowns can’t even tell us how the nurses got Ebola, so how can they possibly say that the nurses violated protocols?”

Gohmert said that at “least in football the referee has to tell you what rule you violated, but not the CDC.”

The Texas congressman went on to say that the CDC is outraged, but “they condemn the latest nurse to get Ebola for traveling on a plane before she manifested Ebola while at the same time telling us limiting travel from countries with Ebola epidemics would not help but would actually do harm.”

“Let’s face it: the President has his man he wants heading up the CDC who appears to be spearheading the war on women nurses,” he added. “The new CDC motto: ‘When the CDC looks incompetent, blame a female nurse.’”

Lawmakers also want to speak with healthcare workers about the questionable “precautions” surrounding Duncan’s care.

Numerous nurses who spoke to National Nurses United, the largest Union representing nurses in the United States, said that Texas Health Presbyterian turned Duncan away when he “first came into the hospital, he arrived with an elevated temperature, but was sent home.”

The healthcare workers, who spoke on background to their union representatives, said when Duncan came back “he was brought in by ambulance under the suspicion from him and family members that he may have Ebola.”

He was left for “several hours, not in isolation, in an area where other patients were present. No one knew what the protocols were or were able to verify what kind of personal protective equipment should be worn and there was no training. Subsequently a nurse supervisor arrived and demanded that he be moved to an isolation unit– yet faced resistance from other hospital authorities,” noted the statement on the union website.

Further, lab specimens from Duncan “were sent through the hospital tube system without being specially sealed and hand delivered. The result is that the entire tube system by which all lab specimens are sent was potentially contaminated,” the healthcare workers added.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas, whose state is ground zero for Ebola virus in the U.S., called for flight bans last week and sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration asking what precautions were being taken regarding on non-U.S. passengers traveling from countries significantly impacted by Ebola.

Cruz, who will be publishing an Op-ed Wednesday night in the Texas Tribune, told the Dallas Morning News last week that “common sense dictates that we should impose a travel ban on commercial airline flights from nations afflicted by Ebola. There’s no reason to allow ongoing commercial air traffic out of those countries.”

However, Cruz spokeswoman Amanda Carpenter told TheBlaze that the senator has yet to receive any answers to the letter in which he questioned what precautions were being taken by the airlines, airports and employees.

 

“The recent news is highly concerning,” said Carpenter. “The most simple, most prudent thing we can do now is ban flights from Ebola-afflicted nations. Senator Cruz wrote a letter to the FAA 13 days ago asking what precautions are being taken at the agency to protect Americans from Ebola and still no answers have been given. The Obama administration needs to, immediately, take a serious leadership role in addressing this threat and banning flights is the most practical way to start.”

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said the outbreak in Africa reaffirms his belief that the U.S. must work to help other nations develop a capacity to fight contagious illnesses.

“Here at home, we need to train doctors in what to look for, and strengthen our quarantine stations at the 20 busiest entry-points to the US. Finally, we must fund basic research for better treatments in the future as well as clinical trials for potential vaccines and therapies that are in the pipeline now. We cannot afford to let any potential vaccine be unexplored. This outbreak makes it clear that we should not allow the sequester cuts to come back next year. With Ebola on our shores, we must lift the sequester, not double down on it.”

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Louie Gohmert: CDC Has Collective Heads ‘Up Where the Sun Doesn’t Shine’

2014/10/15

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said Wednesday that the American public should have no trust in the Centers for Disease Control after it failed to impose protocols in Dallas to stop the spread of Ebola, and then blamed nurses for contracting the virus.

The CDC initially indicated that the Dallas nurse who was treating the first Ebola patient, Thomas Duncan, somehow violated a safety protocol, and that allowed the virus to spread. But a nurse group on Wednesday day there were no protocols, and that practices were changing daily in Dallas when dealing with Duncan.

“Clearly there were protocols breached, but it wasn’t by the nurses,” Gohmert said on WBPA radio. “It was by the CDC collectively having their heads up where the sun doesn’t shine.”

“It is outrageous that we have a CDC, and the best they can do is to blame people that get the disease for breaching non-existent protocols,” Gohmert said.

“How can we have faith in a Centers for Disease Control that immediately blames people with the disease without even knowing how they got it?” he asked. “I mean, you can’t have faith in a group like that.”

Gohmert laid part of the blame on President Barack Obama, who said the chances that Ebola would come to America were very low. He said Obama’s words were not backed up by any visible, effective policy to actually stop Ebola.

“I think that in his own mind he’s not lying,” he said. “He really does believe that if he says something, that it must be true, even though there were no protocols in place.”

“He just said it, and expected that by saying it, everyone would be safe,” Gohmert added.

Gohmert also seized on the CDC’s admission that it still doesn’t know exactly how the virus was spread to two health care workers. That, he said, means the CDC can’t say with any certainty what rule either nurse might have violated.

“Until the CDC actually gets to the bottom of how it’s being spread, they can’t say if anyone breached [protocol],” he said.

On Wednesday, health officials were struggling to deal with a second nurse who contracted the virus, and flew from Cleveland, sparking fears of wider exposure. President Barack Obama was expected to hold a cabinet meeting in the afternoon, and make brief public remarks about Ebola.

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Gohmert Applauds RNC Chairman’s Remarks on Unity of GOP

2014/10/04

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today regarding the Republican National Committee Chairman, Reince Preibus,’ remarks and release of the unity document, ‘Principles for American Renewal’:

“It is about time that the Republican Party stops the war on conservatives and takes a strong stand for principles that make our nation stronger, which happen to be conservative. This nation’s foundation was on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness through limited government, not bloated, oppressive, freedom-stealing, luxury-indulged government. Power should be in the people’s hands – not in the clutches of bureaucrats in Washington, DC.

For so long establishment types have been blaming conservatives for losses when it was actually the abandonment of our core conservative principles that was doing the damage. The majority of Americans want the nation preserved with fewer Washington bureaucrats calling the shots. They want our nation secured against enemies foreign and domestic, while being free of deadly diseases that are coming into the country and spreading by the Democrats’ politically correct policies. They want an end to the waste of deficit spending. They’d even like the White House safe from intruders, where vulnerability has arisen from liberal, unqualified political correctness. Americans would like our military men and women to be able to defend themselves without Rules of Engagement that allow our enemies to wound or kill them first. They would like a secure border so people come in legally, and are not secretly shipped all over the country with any illness they might happen to be carrying. 

For Republican National Committee Chairman, Reince Preibus, to give a great speech like this today, clearly the light of truth is shining where it is needed. This call, to unite under core conservative principles, is refreshing.  Republicans should be planting their feet on the bedrock of these ideals. Let’s face it: promoting peace through strength is a winning strategy. 

The federal government has evolved into a bloated, oppressive, economy-killing mess. It is time for conservative leaders to take a stand and reverse the deterioration of American greatness. The upcoming election can be a turning point – a potential conduit to America’s foundations that assure prosperity and exceptionalism. I applaud Mr. Preibus for speaking out by reinforcing conservative ideals that will strengthen this nation in the face of Democrat and establishment belittling.”

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 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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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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