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 and 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: “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 that’s largely focused on a text Strzok sent to former FBI lawyer Lisa Page with whom Strzok had an affair, Gohmert pressed on.
— Diamond and Silk® (@DiamondandSilk) July 12, 2018
“…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…”
A chorus of, “Ohs,” and “Mr. Chairman, this is outrageous…” “Shame on you…” Mr. Chairman This is intolerable harassment.”
— David Cicilline (@davidcicilline) July 12, 2018
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.”