Louie Gohmert

Louie Gohmert

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Gohmert: Dems Fighting Declassification ‘to Protect the Guilty;’ Rosenstein Has ‘Strong Motive’ to Suppress

2018/09/19

The reason Democrats and the Justice Department (DOJ) are resisting President Donald Trump’s order to declassify certain Russia investigation documents is that they want to “protect the guilty,” Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) said Tuesday.

“The reason for the delay has been to protect the guilty,” Gohmert told Fox Business Host Lou Dobbs. “The names are being redacted, things are being redacted to protect the guilty. So, that’s the reason that they’re being redacted. That’s the reason they’re being slow to uncover these things.”

History shows previous declassifications opposed by Democrats, ultimately exposed, wrongdoing, Rep. Gohmert noted:

“Every time we have seen something be unredacted – it wasn’t about sources and methods, we want to protect those – but, every time, it has been self-serving to protect the people who have been violating federal regulations, violating protocol of the Justice Department or violating the law.

“And, so, it’s kind of calling wolf one too many times to be saying, “Gee, this is terrible.” No, it’s transparency, and the American people need to see just how bad the DOJ was weaponized and was utilized.”

Rosenstein has a “strong motive” for keeping the American public from finding out what’s in these documents, due to his involvement in the original Russia investigation and the deal that provided $145 million to the Clinton Foundation, Rep. Gohmert said:

“And, don’t forget ever for a moment, who’s in charge at Justice over all of this, it’s Rosenstein, the guy that was part of the original Russia investigation that helped Mueller and Weissmann keep it tamped down so that Clinton could approve the deal with CFIUS and they could get $145 million into the Clinton Foundation.

“So, Rosenstein, that same guy, he has a strong motive for keeping this suppressed, at least past the election, as he hopes and prays Democrats get at least one of the majorities so they can protect him from prosecution.”

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Gohmert’s Statement on the 17th Anniversary of 9/11

2018/09/11

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement remembering and honoring the lives lost on September 11, 2001:

“On this day seventeen years ago, communities and families were torn apart by an extreme act of violent hate. Today we remember the thousands of precious lives lost in the terrorist attack— parents, siblings, children, neighbors, and friends. We will not forget that they mattered, that they loved, and laughed and were striving to make the world a better place. 

We also honor the heroism of the service men and women who spent their final hours doing everything within their power to protect and serve the needs of their fellow man and woman. In response to the worst of humanity, they showed the best of humanity. 

The hate that tried to break America instead showed the rest of the world why America is strong. We came together as a nation like I had never seen before. Back home in Tyler, Texas, I remember joining hands with people from all ages, races, walks of life and backgrounds as we lifted our country up in prayer. On September 12 of 2001, there were no hyphenated Americans; we were just Americans and very proud of it.

Then, as today, we mourn the senseless act of terror that took so many lives. And while there is a group of Americans who are also now filled with hate and desires of anarchy, the vast majority of Americans love freedom, they love mercy, and they have hope for a better tomorrow.

My prayer is that we return to that sense of unity, that we remember the patriotism of those who gave their last full measure of devotion serving others.

Take a moment with me today to remember and honor the victims and fallen heroes of the attack seventeen years ago. And let us come together as Americans and return to the principles and values that make our nation the greatest, most generous, and caring country in the history of the world.” 

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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GOHMERT: The Government Needs To Hold More Federal Employees Accountable For Misconduct

2018/09/03

When Hurricane Harvey crashed onto Texas shores, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) worked tirelessly to come to our citizens’ aid. Unfortunately, in the months since then, information has been released regarding a top FEMA official who abused his position to harass co-workers and create inappropriate environments.

According to numerous reports, FEMA personnel chief, Corey Coleman, fostered a culture of widespread sexual harassment during his time with the agency. This case makes clear that while a majority of civil servants are working tirelessly for the American people, a few bad actors can corrupt an entire agency.

In our current system, the process for removing these bad actors is nearly impossible.

According to data obtained by FedScope, only 0.5 percent of federal employees have been fired in recent years for poor performance or misconduct. Meanwhile, a 2015 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report revealed that once a decision is made to fire a federal employee, removing them from office can take between six months to a year, if not longer.

Draining the swamp is not just fiscally responsible, it is absolutely essential to creating a lasting climate of accountability in our nation’s capital – which is the real battle we are fighting.

Washington dysfunction runs deep. True change must uproot systemic injustices and remove those in government who perpetuate them. Meanwhile, all of us in government must begin insisting upon excellence and stop incentivizing ineptitude.

This is the essence of the MERIT (Modern Employment Reform, Improvement, and Transformation) Act — a piece of legislation I am proud to co-sponsor. The MERIT Act allows for the expedited removal of federal employees who have either engaged in misconduct or who are failing to perform their duties. It also expedites the appeals process in the event these employees protest their termination.

Don’t forget the case of the VA employee found guilty of neglecting patients with extraordinary waits for treatment or care, and fraudulently creating imaginary, short wait-times which led to employee performance bonuses. She also accepted $50,000 in gifts from the medical industry, while accusations of retaliation against whistleblowers were leveled against her. The Obama Administration’s VA leaders fired her in 2015. A federal Circuit Court of Appeals decided the VA should not have fired her. She needed to be back at the VA preventing veterans from getting the care they desperately needed even if her actions led to their death.

The sensible reforms of the new MERIT Act were included in the bipartisan VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, a law overwhelmingly approved by Congress and signed by President Trump last year. Lawmakers of both parties have praised this legislation for giving the VA secretary the tools necessary to “hold bad employees accountable” and end the culture of corruption at the U.S. Veterans Affairs (VA) administration.

Thanks to this legislation and no thanks to federal courts, our veterans have a better chance of receiving the support and medical care they deserve.

Unfortunately, these rules only apply to the VA. The rest of the federal government remains shockingly impervious to accountability.

Alarmingly, recent efforts by the Trump administration to hold the federal government more accountable have been struck down by activist judges. A federal district judge recently invalidated most of the provisions of three executive orders President Trump issued to make it easier to fire federal employees.

Abuse exists in all areas of government and we cannot ignore it unless it affects our veterans. This is no way to run a government.

Some federal employees may be concerned, but hard-working employees should take heart that if we can get this passed, supervisors who abuse other federal employees can be removed and the abused federal employees can have a decent workplace free of protected dictators. Some employees have related how miserable their federal employment was because of a horrendous boss that federal law protected from being fired.

This law will change that.

Glaring employment issues at the EPA, the Department of the Interior, the Justice Department, IRS, and the Intelligence agencies among so many other agencies, require that we take the bipartisan reforms being successfully implemented at the VA and apply them across the federal behemoth.

No matter the agency or department, civil service abuse of other federal employees and the American people who are forced to bow before capricious federal abusers must not be tolerated any longer. Further, bureaucratic insolence, maltreatment of other workers and the general public while it also drains taxpayers’ pocketbooks can no longer be rewarded with lifetime employment and pensions.

There simply has to be accountability, before the cure for the spoils system illness becomes worse than the disease.

Enabling lawlessness and rewarding lethargy is the way of the swamp. We will never drain the swamp unless we can fire the swamp.

To show your support for the MERIT Act, please take a moment to visit the website FireTheSwamp.com and let your lawmaker know you support extending the bipartisan good government reforms adopted by the VA to the rest of the federal government.

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.


The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not reflect the official position of The Daily Caller.

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Gohmert on FBI’s Claim That No Evidence Was Found Regarding Hillary Clinton Server Breach

2018/08/29

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today regarding the claim made by the FBI that they have ‘not found any evidence’ regarding Hillary Clinton’s serving being breached:

“It’s not surprising that the FBI ‘has not found any evidence’ regarding Clinton’s servers being breached. Like I stated to Former FBI Agent Peter Strzok in the House Judiciary Hearing, it was the Obama-appointed Intelligence Community Inspector General that discovered the breach. It was not the FBI that found it, so their statement was technically correct, but very deceptive in its omission.

When I asked Peter Strzok about this, he said that he remembered being briefed by the ICIG investigator but did not remember what it was about. That is not credible. We know that the FBI’s head of counter-intelligence, Mr. Strzok, was doing all he could to help protect Hillary Clinton. So, when the Intel IG investigator came to report to Mr. Strzok that a specific foreign intelligence entity (which was not Russian) was receiving virtually all the emails from Secretary of State Clinton’s private server in real time, it is not remotely believable that he would not remember the conversation. In fact, if he testified that he remembered the briefing, he would be potentially incriminating himself in a coverup or obstruction role.

One thing has been made acutely clear – partisan politics, sadly, are very much at play within some of the leadership at the FBI. Though Strzok and other FBI personnel were briefed on Hillary Clinton's server being hacked, as now reported, they knew this would devastate Hillary Clinton’s chances of being elected and they were not about to let that happen. 

Fortunately, progress is currently being made at the FBI and there are good people there who are making a difference. Unfortunately, the FBI’s deceptive omission in its statement reveals that the FBI has not been completely cleansed of the partisanship that so pervasively corrupted it in Washington, DC.”  

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Chinese company reportedly hacked Clinton's server, got copy of every email in real-time

2018/08/29

A Chinese state-owned company reportedly hacked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email server, then inserted code that forwarded them a copy of virtually every email she sent or received after that -- a revelation President Trump is demanding be investigated.

The Daily Caller reported that the firm operating in the D.C. area wrote code that was then embedded in the server and generated a “courtesy copy” for almost all her emails -- which was then forwarded to the Chinese company.

The code reportedly was discovered in 2015 by the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG), which then warned FBI officials of the intrusion.

A source briefed on the matter confirmed to Fox News the details of the Caller’s reporting, and said that the ICIG was so concerned by the revelation that officials drove over to the FBI to inform agents -- including anti-Trump agent Peter Strzok -- of the development after it was discovered via the emails' metadata.

The source told Fox News the hack was from a Chinese company, describing it as a front for Chinese intelligence.

A second source briefed on the matter told Fox News that officials outside of the FBI indicated code on the Clinton server suggested a foreign source was receiving copies of emails in real time.

The hacking report caught the attention late Tuesday of President Trump, who warned that the FBI and DOJ should act or “their credibility will be forever gone.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying responded to Trump’s tweet, saying: "This isn't the first time we've heard similar kinds of allegations.”

"China is a staunch defender of cybersecurity. We firmly oppose and crack down on any forms of internet attacks and the stealing of secrets," she said, according to Reuters

The ICIG and the FBI declined to comment. 

Clinton's office did not respond to a request for comment, but a spokesman told The Daily Caller, “The FBI spent thousands of hours investigating, and found no evidence of intrusion. That’s a fact.” 

Fox News reported in March that Strzok was advised of an irregularity in the metadata of Clinton’s server that suggested a possible breach, but no follow-up action was taken.

Further, a May 2016 email from Strzok, obtained by Fox News earlier this year, said “we know foreign actors obtained access” to some Clinton emails, including at least one “secret” message “via compromises of the private email accounts” of Clinton staffers.

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, asked Strzok in a House Oversight Committee hearing in July whether he was briefed about an anomaly on Clinton’s emails found by ICIG officials.

“You were given that information, and you did nothing with it,” Gohmert told Strzok in July.

Strzok said he remembered meeting with the ICIG officials, but did not remember the contents of the meeting and that every allegation was forwarded to experts who looked at it carefully.

“If there was a lead, I gave it to the team,” Strzok said as part of a heated back-and-forth between the two. Strzok was fired this month after controversy surrounding anti-Trump texts he sent to FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was having an affair. 

Reached by phone Tuesday, Gohmert told Fox News on Tuesday that the emails were obtained by a foreign country’s intelligence, but he declined to name the country in question. He said there was no sign that Strzok and the FBI had taken any action when informed by the ICIG, and no indication that they even informed Clinton.

He told Fox News he was surprised that his questioning about it in the Strzok hearing in July didn’t generate more media attention, but noted that the press seized on a comment he made shortly afterward when he asked Strzok, “How many times did you look into your wife’s eyes and lie about Lisa Page?” 

 “It’s critically important,” he said, when asked about the significance of the server revelation. “There are countries that would pay a tremendous amount of money to know what Clinton was saying, doing and thinking through her emails, what she’s doing, who she’s going to meet, what she thought about meetings, not necessarily classified but critically important and those emails were compromised and people like Strzok, when they were briefed, knew this would devastate her chances of being elected and they weren't about to do anything to hurt those chances.”

Then-FBI Director James Comey concluded the FBI’s investigation into Clintons emails in July 2016, saying that while Clinton had been “extremely careless” in her handling of classified information, he would not recommend charges to the DOJ.

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Gohmert Will Not Pursue Caddo Lake National Heritage Act

2018/07/24

Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement regarding his decision to no longer pursue legislation to create a National Heritage Area near Caddo Lake:

"When first considering whether or not to join the effort to designate parts of the Caddo Lake area as a National Heritage Area, I was skeptical. As soon as I heard the term “National Heritage Area,” I immediately became suspicious that there may be federal strings that are put on local, private or public land. I have seen that happen in the instance of a “Wild and Scenic River” designation. Yet, after many months of research, I found no such strings in the Heritage Area designation. 

The “National Heritage Area” terminology creates a legal designation that allows public, governmental, or private foundation money to flow into an area to improve the economy and enjoyment of the area, with the recognition of a national title of its historic lineage, while allowing for control to remain in local hands. 

As always, I do not presume to force anything on a county where I am their federal servant, but I do think it is helpful to let a community know about these potential opportunities.  For example, after I was elected, the Base Realignment and Closure “BRAC” commission decided the Department of Defense no longer needed the former Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant. Some local leaders believed that if Harrison County could receive 1,000-1,500 acres of that land, it could be used to bring in a huge clean industry that would provide more local opportunities and have a burgeoning economic effect. 

That land was near Caddo Lake, and no one had wanted to see that lake water dirtied. There have actually been lakes that have been cleaned by industry coming in and agreeing that any water it used would be put back cleaner than it was when taken out. That land had formerly been known as the Thiokol Corporation property, where many thousands of Harrison County citizens had worked at one time.

It seemed like a great opportunity to help schools and the people of Harrison County. It was going to be an uphill battle to get the land for Harrison County, but I was not about to do something the people of Harrison County did not want done with their own land. 

Back then, Harrison County residents were assured by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife that if U.S. Fish and Wildlife got the land, it would mean an economic bonanza. Tourism would boom. That presentation apparently carried the day.  When the County Commissioners voted not to support the effort to try to secure the land for the local community’s use and control, I no longer tried to pursue it on their behalf. I absolutely will not pursue any federal action regarding land in Harrison County that Harrison County does not want.  

People living in the potential Heritage area in Louisiana have been particularly vociferous in opposition to the proposal, and it seems they have not given fair consideration to the possible benefits. As a result, both Louisiana’s U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy and U.S. Representative Mike Johnson are pulling their effort to examine further the possible benefits.  

The people of Harrison County were willing to engage in a productive dialogue about the pros and cons of a potential designation. While many constituents raised concerns with the idea, I cannot adequately convey how much it means to me to have so many people have enough faith in me that they were willing to wait and hear the whole story, cordially discuss their concerns with my office, and offer suggested amendments, before deciding whether to pursue it or not. I also want to thank the Marshall News Messenger for being open to the discussion without pre-judgement. 

We had continued to work on language that would have further ensured that the federal government could never use the Heritage Area designation to do anything the actual landowners, private and public, did not want done. We could be certain that such a proposed law did not allow any strings and included that language in what we drafted. However, it could not be said with 100% certainty that some future Congress might not try to add strings, so I prepared language to allow unilateral withdrawal from the Heritage area, without needing the federal government’s permission, if the federal government or Heritage Area Commission ever did anything that had an undesirable effect on the land, the landowners, or any aspect of the local enjoyment or use. That would have been enforceable if anything unwanted had ever been attempted. We also were going to cut the size of the proposed area significantly and only include land that the owners wanted in the Heritage Area. 

However, Sen. Cassidy and Rep. Johnson’s withdrawal from any effort to pursue financial benefits to what would have been the Caddo Lake National Heritage Area occludes any further inquiry into this matter. Since Louisiana had more land that would have been included in the potential Heritage Area and they are withdrawing, it does not make sense for us to pursue it. This matter will be closed until or unless the people I represent who would be affected tell me that they want the issue of a National Heritage Area designation pursued again. Thank you for the chance to represent your wishes." Read More

Louie Gohmert: Lisa Page giving us 'more insights' into Russia investigation

2018/07/17


Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said Tuesday that former FBI lawyer Lisa Page has been more helpful than FBI agent Peter Strzok when it comes to answering their questions about how the FBI handled the Russia and Hillary Clinton investigations.

"She has given us more insights to who was involved in what," Gohmert told Fox News.

"She's a more contrite person," he added. "But make no mistake ... she's a Democrat. She wanted Hillary to win and she did not want Trump to win, and that's been obvious."

Gohmert said Page has not contradicted Strzok, with whom she had an affair that was discovered by the Justice Department's inspector general. The two texted each other anti-Trump messages, which led to GOP claims that the FBI was biased against President Trump and for Clinton.

But Gohmert said Page has generally been more cooperative, which he indicated has opened more doors in the House Republican probe.

Gohmert said, for example, that there are other FBI supervisors involved in the GOP investigation besides Strzok, although he didn't name them. He also indicated that former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper could be involved.

"When I hear Brennan or Clapper either saying the kind of things they've been saying recently, then it tells me, wow, we must be getting close to them," Gohmert said. "Those guilty dogs are barking pretty loud."

Gohmert said Page's closed-door testimony in the House on Friday and Monday was at times so frank that FBI lawyers tried to keep her from answering.

"There were times the FBI lawyers would be reaching for the button to mute her comment and she would answer before the thing could mute her comment," he said.

"I think she'll be a good witness," he added. "I don't know that we're going to have a public hearing with her. But the important thing is to continue to gather the evidence."

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Rep. Gohmert: Social Media ‘Anxious’ to ‘Help the Democrats’

2018/07/17

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, came out swinging at the House Judiciary hearing about censoring conservatives. He criticized Facebook’s eagerness to address Democrat questions about Russian use of the platform, but less so about GOP inquiries.

During the House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, representatives from Google/Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter detailed the steps they had been taking to increase the general transparency, accessibility, and safety of their platforms. However, several of the Democratic representatives repeatedly switched the focus to what these companies were doing to combat Russian hacking during the election.

According to Gohmert, these social media representatives were almost too eager in their cooperation with the Democratic questioning.

Democratic congressman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., started his line of questioning by recalling the “abject humiliation” President Donald Trump brought upon himself during his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday. He then asked, “Now do each of you agree that Russian government exploited the social media platforms your companies provide to attack our democracy?”

All of the tech company representatives responded affirmatively. Monika Bickert, Head of Facebook’s Global Policy Management, stated, “We did find accounts run by the Russian Internet Research Agency, both before and after the 2016 election. And we did remove those accounts and report on them.” YouTube’s Global Head of Public Policy and Government Relations Juniper Downs claimed, "We did find limited activity on our services, limited because of the strong security controls we had in place leading up to the election.”

She also mentioned the shutdown of a couple Russian Internet Research Agency accounts, and several YouTube pages from Russian sources. Nick Pickles, Senior Strategist of Public Policy for Twitter, answered similarly, saying that they removed accounts “linked to the Internet Research Agency” and RT, formerly Russia Today.

However, when Gohmert took on a line of questioning that was critical to the Russian narrative, the social media spokespersons’ answers became a little muddy, to say the least.

He asked, “Did you ever find any indication of use of your platform, utilized by the Chinese, North Korea, or any other foreign country, intelligence or agency of that country?” Bickert began by giving a confusing statement, possibly alluding to the fact that Facebook hadn’t thought that information to be relevant.

Bickert: I would note, Congressman, that we are not in North Korea or China, in terms of whether we’ve seen attacks on our services. We are of course a big target. We do have a robust security team that, uh, wor...

Gohmert: Well, but that’s not my question. It’s just a very direct question: Have you found use? You don’t have to be in North Korea to be North Korean intelligence. We have foreign governments, intelligence agencies in this country. 

Gohmert mentioned that he felt each of the spokespeople to be “a little bit vague” in their assessments of finding hundreds of fake or bot accounts, and that they weren’t coming up with an answer to his specific questions. Still, Bickert clung to her statement that she didn’t have “the details.”

Gohmert: I’m asking specifically, were any of those other countries, besides Russia, using your platform inappropriately? It should be a yes or no.

Bickert: I don’t have the details. I know we definitely work to detect and repel attacks...

Gohmert: I know that but were any of them foreign entities other than Russia?”

Bickert: I can certainly follow you up on that.

The Texas Representative continued to grill Bickert, asking whether she even knew the answer to his question. He then brought his point home, remarking, “You sure seemed anxious to answer the Democrats’ questions about Russia influence, and you don’t really know of all the groups that inappropriately used your platform?”

Bickert mentioned that she knew that there were other groups, but that she would have to give Gohmert the answer some time later. The congressman piled on, asking “So you came prepared to help the Democrats establish about Russia, but you can’t point out any other country?”

Google’s Juniper Downs showed a similar struggle to give a straight answer. She touted the ability of her platform to combat all hostile foreign bodies, and mentioned that they really didn’t have research outside the Russia investigation. And Twitter’s Nick Pickles all but dodged Gohmert’s question entirely.

After the Media Research Center released its censorship report, more than 30 conservative organizations united to form the coalition Conservatives Against Online Censorship. The Senate held a hearing where Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave testimony in early April. Later in April, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing of social media platforms. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., testified about her personal experience of censorship on Twitter, while personalities Diamond and Silk gave their own testimonies about their fears of censorship.

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GOHMERT: WATCHDOG FOUND CLINTON EMAILS WERE SENT TO ‘FOREIGN ENTITY’

2018/07/12

A member of the House Committee on the Judiciary said during a hearing Thursday that a government watchdog found that nearly all of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails were sent to a foreign entity and that the FBI didn’t follow-up on that finding.

The Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) found an “anomaly on Hillary Clinton’s emails going through their private server, and when they had done the forensic analysis, they found that her emails, every single one except four, over 30,000, were going to an address that was not on the distribution list,” Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said during a hearing with FBI official Peter Strzok.

“It was going to an unauthorized source that was a foreign entity unrelated to Russia,” he added.

 

Gohmert said the ICIG investigator, Frank Rucker, presented the findings to Strzok, but that the FBI official did not do anything with the information.

Strzok acknowledged meeting with Rucker, but said he did not recall the “specific content.”

“The forensic examination was done by the ICIG and they can document that,” Gohmert said, “but you were given that information and you did nothing with it.”

He also said that someone alerted the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz to the issue.

“Mr. Horowitz got a call four times from someone wanting to brief him about this, and he never returned the call,” Gohmert said.

The ICIG previously caught problems regarding Clinton’s server that the FBI missed. The bureau didn’t notice that some emails were openly marked classified with a “(C)” when they were sent. (RELATED: FBI Missed Clinton Emails Openly MARKED Classified, Wanted To Conclude Probe Before IG Caught Mistake)

The ICIG spotted the oversight after the FBI missed it, texts between Strzok and his mistress, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, show.

“Holy cow,” Strzok wrote, “if the FBI missed this, what else was missed? … Remind me to tell you to flag for Andy [redacted] emails we (actually ICIG) found that have portion marks (C) on a couple of paras. DoJ was Very Concerned about this.”

In late 2017, ICIG Chuck McCullough — who was appointed by former President Barack Obama —  took the unusual step of coming forward publicly to say that he perceived pushback after he began raising the alarm about issues with Clinton’s servers to then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

He said he found it “maddening” that Democrats, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, were underselling the amount of classified information on the server.

McCullough said he “expected to be embraced and protected,” but was instead “chided” by someone on Capitol Hill for failing to consider the “political consequences” of his investigative findings, Fox News reported.

The ICIG has not publicly disclosed the findings Gohmert described in the meeting between Rucker and Strzok, but the congressman said the watchdog can document them.

Thursday’s exchange is below:

Gohmert: You said earlier in this hearing you were concerned about a hostile foreign power affecting the election. Do you recall the former Intelligence Community Inspector General Chuck McCullough having an investigation into an anomaly found on Hillary Clinton’s emails?

Let me refresh your memory. The Intelligence Community Inspector General Chuck McCullough sent his investigator Frank Rucker along with an IGIC attorney Janette McMillan to brief you and Dean Chapelle and two other FBI personnel who I won’t name at this time, about an anomaly they had found on Hillary Clinton’s emails that were going to the private unauthorized server that you were supposed to be investigating?

Strzok: I remember meeting Mr. Rucker on either one or two occasions. I do not recall the specific content or discussions.

Gohmert: Mr. Rucker reported to those of you, the four of you there, in the presence of the ICIG attorney, that they had found this anomaly on Hillary Clinton’s emails going through their private server, and when they had done the forensic analysis, they found that her emails, every single one except four, over 30,000, were going to an address that was not on the distribution list. It was a compartmentalized bit of information that was sending it to an unauthorized source. Do you recall that?

Strozk: Sir, I don’t.

Gohmert: He went on the explain it. And you didn’t say anything, you thanked him, you shook his hand. The problem is it was going to an unauthorized source that was a foreign entity unrelated to Russia and from what you’ve said here, you did nothing more than nod and shake the man’s hand when you didn’t seem to be all that concerned about our national integrity of our election when it was involving Hillary Clinton. So the forensic examination was done by the ICIG — and they can document that — but you were given that information and you did nothing with it. And one of the things I found most egregious with Mr. Horowitz’s testimony, and — by the way Mr. Horowitz got a call four times from someone wanting to brief him about this, and he never returned the call.

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Gohmert Statement in Support of Rep. Jim Jordan

2018/07/09

Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today in support of Rep. Jim Jordan:

“Jim Jordan is a fine and decent person who has a lifetime history of being honorable and honest, unlike his accusers whose extremely troubled backgrounds and ongoing legal and financial troubles place the veracity of their allegations into the realm of ridiculous. 

Unlike the Olympians who were minor children at the time they were abused, these former wrestlers were adults at the time they claim they were sexually abused by the Ohio State team doctor. Note that they do not claim they reported specific abuse to Jim Jordan or to anyone else. To the contrary, they specifically state they did not tell Jordan but instead say he should have known because there was talk around the locker room. 

They waited over 20 years to make these allegations with the willing and very expensive assistance of Perkins Coie, a Washington, DC-based dirty tricks law firm. Perkins Coie boasts a client roster that includes the DNC, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and several Democrat Members of Congress. They were recently paid by Hillary Clinton and the DNC as a pass-through entity to hire Fusion GPS to concoct the salacious and unverified Russian dossier at the heart of the Clinton team’s attempted take-down of President Trump.

That doesn’t pass the smell test, but there’s even more. The doctor they are accusing of these acts committed suicide 13 years ago, so this isn’t even about prosecuting him. It is not about “preventing others from being abused” by this dead man.  

This has every appearance of greed trying to gain twice from the same smear.  First, trying to finally have a successful law suit against Ohio State University after failed previous claims. Second, whatever payments were received for trying to destroy President Trump may be available to destroy other high-achieving Republicans, like Jim Jordan. Given the inclusion of Perkins Coie in the mix, the likelihood increases that money has already changed hands to purchase a drive-by character assassination of beloved conservative Republican Congressman Jim Jordan. I personally vouch for the integrity of Jim Jordan. There seems to be an absence of people vouching for the upstanding character of his accusers.”

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Judiciary

Natural Resources

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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TEXAS' 2nd DISTRICT

Sam Johnson

TEXAS' 3rd DISTRICT

John Ratcliffe

TEXAS' 4th DISTRICT

Jeb Hensarling

TEXAS' 5th DISTRICT

Joe Barton

TEXAS' 6th DISTRICT

John Culberson

TEXAS' 7th DISTRICT

Kevin Brady

TEXAS' 8th DISTRICT

Michael McCaul

TEXAS' 10th DISTRICT

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TEXAS' 11th DISTRICT

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

Mac Thornberry

TEXAS' 13th DISTRICT

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TEXAS' 14th DISTRICT

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TEXAS' 17th DISTRICT

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TEXAS' 19th DISTRICT

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