Tea Party Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) either went too far or just far enough in his questioning of Former FBI Counterintelligence Division Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok Thursday as part of a House hearing on alleged FBI bias during the 2016 election.
The 64-year-old Pittsburg, Texas native who earned a law degree in 1977 from Baylor University, was elected to Congress in 2005 to serve Texas’ 1st District. He is no stranger to controversy.
Gohmert does not believe humans are responsible for climate change and has called evidence fraudulent. In 2012, when asked why he supported keeping the Alaska pipeline running, he said without oil flowing through it, caribou would suffer. Sexually. The Anchorage Daily News reported that Gohmert’s idea was that caribou like the heat radiating from the pipeline and makes for romance: “So when they want to go on a date, they invite each other to head over to the pipeline.”
Here’s what else you need to know about Gohmert:
1. Gohmert ‘Went There’ When He Wondered How Witness Peter Strzok Looked Into His ‘Wife’s Eyes and Lied’
Describing his “grilling” of Strzok as “fiery,” Gohmert didn’t back away from or apologize for his question. As part of his questioning, bordering on interrogation, during Thursday’s joint hearing of the House Judiciary and House Oversight committees Gohmert pressed on. The hearing is largely focused on a text Strzok sent to former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he had an affair,
“…I can’t help but wonder, see you looking there with a little smirk, how many times did you look so innocent into your wife’s eyes and lie to her about Lisa Page …”
The floor erupted in a chorus of “Ohs,” and “Mr. Chairman, this is outrageous …” “Shame on you …” Mr. Chairman, this is intolerable harassment.”
But Gohmert appeared unfazed and carried on.
“The credibility of a witness is always an issue,” he said.
On his website he describes a take-down of Strzok “on his bias and emails sent to (an) unauthorized source.”
Strzok texted Page in August of 2016 that “we’ll stop” Trump. When the message was discovered, Strzok was taken off investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election by the Office of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
2. Gohmert Alleged the FBI, DOJ & Intelligence Community Bugged His Office, Monitored His Emails & Phone Calls
Louie Gohmert said he was warned by people “in a position to know, you’re being watched,” by the US government as part of “deep state” tactics.
During an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Gohmert said after he “did a 48-page expose on Mueller and it really came home.”
“This is their mode of operation, this is what they do,” Gohmert said.
Gohmert said the Department of Justice, the FBI and the intelligence community were spying on him. Carlson asked in what manner were they spying: “Monitoring your email your phone calls bugging your office?”
Gohmert answered, “All of the above.”
Carlson called it a “constitutional crisis.”
3. Gohmer Said a Push to Remove Confederate Monuments Following Charlottesville Warranted an Investigation & Was Driven by ‘Forces of Evil’
“This has been stirred the Democrats, this needs an investigation or the president or through him the attorney general can appoint an independent counsel this is so political, this is being driven by forces of evil beyond what normal people can think about,” Gohmert said.
He proffered his own conspiracy theory claiming that “people with KKK shirts and with Black Lives Matter” shirts traveled to the Charlottesville protests on the same bus. “I mean somebody is stoking this.” He claimed witnesses said police barricades were purposely set up so fascists, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists were facing off against protesters.
Gohmert said an investigation was warranted to see “who paid for the different groups to come Who ordered the funneling of those groups together.
“There is a strategy to make race the number one issue in 2018 and 2020,” he claimed. “They think this is gonna be their ticket back but it’s gonna blow up in their face.”
4. On the House Floor, Gohmert Said an FBI Agent Told Him About ‘Terror Babies’
When CNN’s Anderson Cooper attempted to have a conversation with Gohmert and asked for evidence of so-called ‘terror babies’ in 2010, Gohmert yelled and clamored that there was evidence that terrorists send “pregnant women over here to have terror babies.”
Cooper said an FBI agent said there was never a credible report about terrorist plots to send pregnant women to the US to give birth to babies that would be groomed as terrorists.
“Before you went on the House floor and spread this story, did you call the FBI,” Cooper asked. “You’re just spreading scare stories” without evidence.
Cooper asked for examples and Gohmert repeatedly ignored questions and said Cooper should “do better.” The remainder of the eight minute interview is mostly Gohmert yelling over Cooper.
5. Gohmert Was a Loyal Judge Roy Moore Supporter & Defender
Gohmert said Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore “absolutely cannot be bought or sold.”
Gohmert, a former Texas district court judge, said sexual assault allegations against conservative Roy Moore, who lost the Alabama Senate seat vacated by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Republican Luther Strange, were too old as to be irrelevant, much less prosecuted.
Gohmert told Breibart that it was “grossly unfair” to bring up accusations from almost four decades ago.
“…I’ve have prosecuted rape. I have sentenced many rapists to prison. It’s just an absolutely horrendous crime — but we also allow into evidence how quickly you had outcried (sic). That can go to the jury. And when someone waits 38 years, I can’t imagine a jury not being completely suspicious,” he told Fox News host Harris Faulkner.
Gohmert said the timing “does raise really interesting questions. Anybody can accuse you of something 38 years ago …you’re not going to be able to find witnesses that will establish exactly where you were at that moment …people don’t remember 38 years ago specifics to counter. So I think it is grossly unfair.”