Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert appeared on Judge Jeanine Pirro’s show on Fox News to discuss the fallout of the FISA memos, which brought to light potential abuse of government surveillance to spy on the Trump campaign.
“You and I believe in due process,” Gohmert said. “We would never send somebody to jail without due process, but one thing — and this is a good segue, I think — when a lawyer provides something to the court that is not true, and especially to a FISA secret court where there is nobody there for the other side. The other said — I know you know.”
“I found out as a felony judge,” he continued. “When I put one lawyer in jail for contempt, people get the message. You don’t come in and misrepresent. You do what is appropriate in court. I’m shocked, really shocked, that no FISA judge put anybody in jail yet. Yet we have found total disregard for propriety before the FISA court. And somebody should have been in jail over the improprieties submitted in court.”
“A bunch of us signed a letter to our chairman,” Gohmert went on. “He has a heart to get to the bottom of what happened in the FISA court. I talked to Chairman Goodlatte about it. He’ll get to the bottom of what was said and what was done. There is a chance, there may not be some transcripts. In which case you go by the four corners of the documents that were there. And we know people should go to jail.”
“You say there may not be a transcript?” Pirro asked.
“We don’t know for sure that there is or not,” he responded. “But there should be. When you have a court of record and usual handling felony business, you need to have that on the record. I will bet you did like I did. If you had a conference with the lawyers, you would bring the court reporter into your office and there should be a transcript.”
“The Dems intentionally inserted sources and method in their memo, believing it would put the Intel source and personnel at risk,” she said. “Why would they do that?”
“They said that would happen with the Republican [memo] that was released and we saw that was totally false representations they made,” she remarked. “When they put sources and methods and there are not four, but 10 pages, it was totally a political act. It was disingenuous and it would have put lives at risk. No question.”
“Is anyone going to go to jail for any of this?” Pirro asked.
“Somebody has to go to jail or our system is over,” Gohmert concluded. “The rule of law doesn’t mean anything anymore.”
Obviously, a lot of people are tired of talk and want some action taken against all the corrupt officials. There needs to be real punishment that sends a message that abuse of power and perverting our institutions will not be tolerated or the U.S. government will only see more of it.
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