Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) is very upset because his good friend Peter Navarro was indicted and arrested by the Justice Department on Friday for contempt of Congress, and thinks it’s terribly unfair that Republicans aren’t allowed to lie under oath.
Just hours after Navarro was taken into custody by federal marshals, Gohmert appeared on Newsmax and began whining, HuffPost reports:
Gohmert appeared Friday on Newsmax and lamented that Navarro’s indictment means “if you’re a Republican, you can’t even lie to Congress or lie to an FBI agent or they’re coming after you.”
Gohmert, a former lawyer and judge, said that Navarro was the victim of “a two-tiered justice system.”
He said he was especially angered that Navarro’s indictment came in the same week that a jury acquitted Michael Sussman, a lawyer for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, of charges that he had lied to the FBI.
Gohmert neglected to mention that Sussman was found not guilty by a jury of his peers. Navarro, however, ignored a valid subpoena and knew full well he was breaking the law by doing so.
Gohmert’s absurd assertion was not well-received on Twitter, where many users reminded him that lying under oath has always been a crime, as has failing to obey a congressional subpoena. Take a look:
This isn’t the first time Gohmert has made a horse’s ass of himself this week.
On Thursday, the Texas Republican went viral when Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) chastised the GOP for failing to act on gun control despite a rash of mass shootings. That led Gohmert to angrily respond: