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Tuesday
Jun132017

Congressman Louie Gohmert on Comey's Testimonial Admissions and New Legislation  

TEAM GOHMERT UPDATE
June 5 - June 10

Dear fellow East Texans,  

  It was another very busy week here in Washington as the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee finally brought some truths to light.  

  For the first time, Comey was forced to admit under oath that President Trump was never under investigation for any Russia connections. Under penalty of perjury, Comey finally also admitted that he told the President that on three separate occasions, but refused to tell the American people. He preferred to let the wild, untrue stories in the media continue to do damage to former NSA Director Michael Flynn and the President.   

  Comey also admitted President Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch asked him, in effect, to lie by not admitting that Hillary Clinton was under investigation, but rather to simply reference it as a “matter” in order to downplay the seriousness of the criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton that was underway. That was a stunning admission that may require further investigation itself.

  If that weren’t enough, Comey futher admitted under penalty of perjury that he took a memo that he prepared in the course and scope of his employment as FBI director and passed it on to someone outside the government so that his friend would leak the information to the press. It will be important to review the FBI Directors employment documents because FBI personnel are required to acknowledge that anything prepared during their employment having to do with the job is the property of the Justice Department and must be secured and returned on leaving the FBI. Instead, he confiscated it as his own private property and intentionally used it to try to harm the President. Not only that, but he consulted and potentially conspired with others at the FBI about the document before he leaked the FBI information. However, just a few short months ago, he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that he had never leaked information to the media himself or through others.

  There are still so many questions about Comey’s actions that are unanswered and Congress must seriously consider an array of actions to include oversight investigations of Comey’s actions as the President’s chief law enforcement officer who may have either perjured himself or conspired to violate his contract and/or the law. 

  Other major issues have arisen from his testimony as well. The fact that Comey consulted with Robert Mueller and also is the source of the leak about the memo regarding the President with the express intent to manipulate the need for a Special Prosecutor creates troubling ethical and legal problems. The fact that he admitted Mueller was a person with whom he has so closely consulted raises the issue of the potential need to shut this tainted Special Prosecutor down now as a product of improper, if not illegal or criminal, manipulation. Former Speaker Newt Gingrich basically said the same thing this weekend on Fox News, and I emailed him to thank him.

  Earlier this week, it was my honor to receive a call from President Trump thanking me for my insightful televised statements, and we enjoyed a nice long chat about different issues this country faces. Frankly, I was a bit surprised that we were able to visit so long. But, it is so encouraging to hear a President who understands what we are up against and what we must do to truly make America great again. 

  Here are some of the things we did to further serve you this week!

ASSISTING WITH NEW LEGISLATION:

  Recently, US Representative Ted Budd (NC-13) filed a good bill I strongly agreed with and wanted to help try to push it to the floor for a vote before the full house. This bill, known as the National Paycheck Protection Act (H.R. 2127) will require employee consent before labor organization dues of employees are used for any purpose not directly related to the labor organization’s function. Essentially, the bill prevents employees’ dues from being used to support activities that they themselves might not support. This will protect the constitutional rights of employees by providing the freedom to choose how their fees are used.

Read more about the bill, here.

  This week, I also agreed to help support and push the adoption of H.R. 2723, the Employee Rights Act. This bill will protect the right of employees to choose whether or not they want to be represented by a labor organization. It will put power in your hands as to whether or not you want to participate in a union. It should always be your choice. 

Read more about the bill, here.

HELPING WITH POLICY POSITIONS & DEMANDS:

  Given that a safer and more efficient transportation system is essential to our economic success, one area that desperately needs improvement is the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), which currently has a structural revenue deficit.  I was very pleased to do all I could promote finding a better solution for the HTF that would simultaneously enhance transportation infrastructure and boost our economy. I was more than happy to join forces with Rep. Graves (MO-06) and Delegate Norton (DC) to urge Rep. Kevin Brady (TX-08), Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means, and Rep. Richard Neal, Ranking Member of the Committee, to pursue a long-term solution for the HTF.

  Additionally, it is very important to me that I do all I can to ensure that the medical needs of East Texans are met. It was only natural, with other members of Congress from Texas, to sign onto with the Texas delegation lead by Senator Cornyn (TX) and Rep. Johnson (TX-30) urging the Hon. Thomas Price, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and the Hon. Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, to request that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) extend the current 1115 Medicaid waiver and withdraw the notice of disallowance for North Texas counties, allowing Texas and CMS to continue discussions on new payment models. This issue is vitally important to planning for hospitals in East Texas and is becoming even more pressing. With the extension of the waiver and withdrawal of the notice of disallowance, Texas will be equipped to continue meeting the health care needs of our great state.

HEARINGS THIS WEEK:

  A lot of our time here in Washington D.C. is spent on gathering information and questioning governmental and outside experts in committee hearings for the purposes of oversight, investigations and at other times to develop legislation. This week, I was honored to serve as acting Chairman of the House Judiciary Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations hearing Thursday morning and question witnesses regarding the grant programs within the Department of Justice. It appears some grants are exceedingly helpful, while others may be a waste of money. I also have serious concerns about federal tax-payers’ money being dangled in front of state and local authorities to attempt to coerce them into policies or procedures that they do not believe is the most effective course of action.

Watch the VIDEO, here.

  
As Vice Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, I participated in another important hearing this week that was held on Tuesday. I questioned the Acting Director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement about their Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's Abandoned Mine Lands Programs. This was a critical hearing regarding the usage of vast amounts of money in areas in which it is not all that effectively being used. For example, I inquired as to what the $2 billion in administrative costs is used for in the abandoned mining program. As I told the Director, in the private construction business, if she were running overhead or administrative costs at about the 25% level she is in the mining cleanup, she would not be in that business any longer.  

IN THE MEDIA:

FOX BUSINESS – ‘Lou Dobbs’

Click Photo to go to video: "Gohmert on Trump's Meeting with GOP Leadership on Healthcare and Taxes

  This week, I talked to Lou Dobbs on Fox Business regarding Former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony today in the Senate. I quoted @AceofSpadesHQ's tweet online stating, “there is a guy named @AceofSpadesHQ on the Internet. He says ‘Comey: Loretta Lynch told me to lie, and I didn't write that down. But I wrote down the Trump stuff because I was afraid he would lie.’” I then went on to say, “It makes it clear he [comey] was 100% loyal to Loretta Lynch and Hillary Clinton.”

Watch the VIDEO, here.


SIRIUS XM PATRIOT - 'Patriot Tonight'

  Joined Sirius XM Patriot to discuss the upcoming Comey hearing which would take place later that day. I stated, "It's going to be the most disappointing, over-hyped event since Y2K .... it's going to be a lot of hype for nothing...

Watch the VIDEO, here.


FOX NEWS - 'Varney & Co.'


  This week, I joined Stuart Varney on Fox Business and reiterated the Freedom Caucus’ stance that they are willing to work through August recess to get the President’s agenda accomplished. I stressed the importance to act now on the critical issues such as: tax reform and healthcare.

Watch the VIDEO, here.


FOX BUSINESS - 'After the Bell'

  Earlier this week, I spoke with Melissa Francis on the Fox Business program, ‘After the Bell.’ I discussed President Trump’s call for a meeting with Republican Leadership – to pressure them to get healthcare and tax reform moving in both Houses of Congress.

Watch the VIDEO, here.


THE BLAZE - 'Glenn Beck'


Greatly enjoyed talking with Mike Opelka on Glenn Beck's radio show on The Blaze about how important it is to keep promises in Congress.  Joined Mike Opelka as he was a guest host for Glenn Beck's radio show with The Blaze. We discussed the 115th Congress and how important it is for Republicans to keep our promises. I noted, “This is our chance. We have got to get the big stuff we promised done this year,” I added, “It’s not that foreign of a concept: doing what we promised.”

Listen to the AUDIO, here

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