On Tuesday, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, issued a blistering statement accusing the Department of Justice of illegally tampering with private mail from his constituents.
In a press release, the Representative lashed out at the DOJ, which he believes is acting unconstitutionally.
My staff received a letter addressed to my official office which was already opened and stamped “DOJ MAILROOM” with a date and “X-RAYED” on the stamp#felonyhttps://t.co/LFMBcR2FP2
— Louie Gohmert (@replouiegohmert) February 8, 2022
“In January, my staff received a letter addressed to my official office from a Christian missionary, which was already opened and stamped “DOJ MAILROOM” with a date and “X-RAYED” on the stamp. Last week, my office received a second piece of mail from a constituent, mailed from east Texas and postmarked September 2021. It took four-and-a-half months to reach my office and was also opened and bore a stamp from the DOJ,” he explained.
“It is deeply concerning that Legislative Branch mail is somehow being co-mingled with Executive Branch mail when we have completely different proprietary zip codes. We are separate but co-equal branches of government. Even if it were a mistake to deliver Congress’ mail to the DOJ, the DOJ has an obligation to immediately notify Congress and forward the mail without opening it,” the statement continued.
He went on to drop the bomb: The DOJ’s actions may be “felonious” and perhaps part of a pattern of targeting Republican lawmakers.
“It is gravely concerning that since Congressional mail is constitutionally protected under the Speech and Debate Clause of the Constitution, it could be routed, intentionally or not, through the highly partisan DOJ. This is felonious behavior,” he charged.
“Given reports breaking today of an Inspector General’s investigation being opened after another Republican member alleged Speaker Pelosi’s Capitol Police were in his personal office photographing his work product, the Democrat’s spying on political opponents appears to know no end,” Gohmert railed.
The conservative lawmaker noted the increased security that they have had to comply with to meet constituents, but still, the Capitol Police seem to be behaving in a way that specifically puts the heat on Republicans. This, he says, is “partisan” and “unethical.”
“The Speaker has already required offices to turn in names, dates, and times of our meetings, along with the purpose of the meeting, for our constituents to be allowed entrance into our office buildings to meet with their duly-elected member of Congress. Then, we are told, she has the Capitol Police doing opposition research that is catalogued for later use,” he explained. “We have never ever seen a Congress so partisan to such an unethical and illegal extent. The people behind this should be hoping and praying that they will not be treated in the same manner in which they are running roughshod over Republicans when and if Republicans retake the majority.”
Driving his point home, Gohmert recalled that even the Supreme Court has had their say in the matter, and now it’s time for the DOJ to provide some answers.
“The Supreme Court has made it clear that the Department of Justice cannot even use a search warrant to search a Representative’s mail and office.
We want answers to this outrage, not excuses.”
BizPac Review reported earlier this week that Rep. Troy Nehls, also a Texas Republican, is claiming that Capitol Police have been “illegally” entering his office, photographing sensitive political material, and demanding one of his staffers explain some notes he had written on a whiteboard. The event was made even more malicious by the fact that Nehls claims the officers were dressed as construction workers, implying they didn’t want to be seen doing what they were doing in their official capacity.
Fuming GOP rep accuses Capitol Police of ‘illegally’ investigating his office, says staffer ‘caught them in the act’ https://t.co/XdMCPkmT2Y
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 9, 2022
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