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Rep Louie Gohmert

R-TX, 1st Dist

Oct 31st 2019

C-SPAN” … those hearings where we could hear and see for ourselves. 

And now we find out through the vote today that yeah the other judiciary committee is ultimately going to get this from the intelligence committee, but never in the history of this country have we had such gross unfairness that one party would put arm guards with guns to prevent the duly authorized people from being able to hear the witnesses and see them for themselves.

And then oh we hear from this resolution today we’re going to send you the depositions after we get through doctoring and looking at and editing the transcripts will send you those so you have the evidence you need, that’s not the kind of evidence that a coup should be based on.

If we’re going to have what they’re trying to legalize as a coup we aught to have a right to see each of those witnesses, and the only potential use for the deposition should be impeachment of those witnesses, nothing else, not for anything substantive. 

The presidents’ attorney unlike in 74 and 98 we’re not allowed to be there, even see you near the witnesses.

So the references (of) this being a star chamber, or not inappropriate.

It’s outrageous what’s been going on for people who truly care about due process.

Regarding the procedures now, the judiciary committee must operate pursuant to the procedures imposed by the chairman of the rules committee.

Well previously, one of the oldest committees in the house of representatives, the judiciary committee, in prior and impeachments made the rules for the impeachment hearings.

We didn’t have it dictated by the rules committee, no because this is the judiciary committee, these are people that are supposed to have expertise in constitutional issues.

So when you have the committee that has more expertise in constitutional issues, what did the majority do? We don’t what the committee with the most expertise on constitutional issues dealing with these constitutional issues, we want to put arm guards outside a hearing and I have it in a secret compartmented information facility, and we’re not gonna let the other side call the wrong witnesses so we get a fair picture of what actually went on, and we’re not even gonna let them ask questions we don’t want them to ask, will instruct the witnesses not to answer.

Because you see, they wanted to be a one-sided non-due process sham Court.

And it’s about to push the country to a Civil War if they were to get their wishes.

And if there’s one thing I don’t want to see in my lifetime, I don’t want to ever have participation in, it’s a Civil War.

Some historian, I don’t member who, said Guns are only involved in the last phase of the Civil War.

What’s gone on here had not protected the constitution, it’s not protected the institutions, it’s not protected – protected this little experiment in self government, no what it is done has put it all at risk.

Because what some people in this body don’t seem to understand is, when you set a precedent as dangerous as what we have been watching for the last three years, it won’t be me but there will be Republicans if this isn’t stop there will be Republicans that will take the president of what the Democrats have done here, and use it against a Democratic president.

Try to set him up and create a coup. Like I say it won’t be me but that’s the way history works, when somebody sets a precedent, then eventually somebody also not concerned about due process, is going to try to mimic that and go one further …”