Rep. Louie Gohmert continues to face criticism for his lament that Republicans are unable to “lie to Congress or to an FBI agent,” with a fresh jab from outspoken Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu.
Gohmert, a Republican representing Texas’ 1st congressional district, made the much-mocked comments during a Friday appearance on right-wing news network Newsmax. Lawmakers discussed the federal grand jury’s recent indictment of former Trump administration trade adviser Peter Navarro for refusing to meet with the House selection committee investigating last year’s Capitol riot.
“If you’re a Republican, you can’t even lie to Congress or lie to an FBI agent or they’ll come after you,” Gohmert said during the discussion, sparking mockery online.
Lieu, a Democrat representing California’s 33rd congressional district, was one of many to stress that it is against the law for people, regardless of party affiliation, to lie to organizations like Congress or the FBI.
“I just state that it is a federal crime for anyone to lie to Congress or the FBI during an investigation,” he tweeted Friday.
In February, Navarro was subpoenaed to speak to the select committee and submit documents to it. Rep. Liz Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming, said he could be a key witness in the investigation, citing a passage in a book in which he “discussed his role in planning and coordinating Jan. 6 activities.” spoke.
In April, after the well-known supporter of Donald Trump’s vote-fraud lies failed to comply, the Special Committee voted to refer the disregard of Congressional quotes against Navarro to the Justice Department. The charges carry a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $10,000 fine. In November, Steve Bannon, another Trump ally, faced the same charge for failing to comply with a special committee subpoena.
Lieu frequently uses his official social media platforms to criticize the actions of GOP lawmakers, particularly those aligned with Trump. Last year, he was among Democratic lawmakers calling for the expulsion from Congress of Republicans who may have helped plan the Capitol riot, including Gohmert.
“Nobody should be above the law, including members of Congress and former White House staffers,” Lieu tweeted at the time. “And if pardons were indeed discussed in advance, why should that be? Because people knew crimes would be committed.”
This came in response to a Rolling Stone Report last October alleging that Republican lawmakers including Gohmert, Lauren Boebert, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Mo Brooks, Madison Cawthorn, Paul Gosar and others held meetings before Jan. 6 to plan attempts to determine the results of the presidential election to challenge 2020 .
news week asked Gohmert for a comment.
https://www.newsweek.com/ted-lieu-derides-louie-gohmert-over-cant-even-lie-congress-complaint-1712850 Ted Lieu taunts Louie Gohmert over ‘can’t even lie to Congress’ complaint.