Nadler Accuses Gohmert of Spouting Russian Propaganda on House Floor

By Michael W. Chapman | December 18, 2019 | 4:50pm EST
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)   (Getty Images)
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) (Getty Images)

( -- During his brief statement in opposition to the impeachment of President Donald Trump, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said that Democrats, in part, were using impeachment to stop any investigation of Ukraine's alleged interference in the 2016 election, a charge that Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) swiftly denounced as "Russian propaganda."

After Nadler denounced Gohmert's remarks, the former judge from Texas returned to the dais and demanded that Nadler's remarks be stricken from the record.

"The impeachment serves two purposes," said Gohmert.  "Number one, to stop the investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and Ukraine into the corruption of Ukraine interference into the U.S. election in 2016."

"You said this was about, oh, this terrible Russia collusion," Gohmert continued, echoing what the Democrats alleged in 2016, 2017 and 2018. "Oh, then that fell through and [then] it's about emoluments, it's about bribery, it's about extortion, it's changed. But one thing hasn't changed is the intent to impeach this president. It's always been there."

"But let's be honest," he said. "The president turning his back on Ukraine? That happened in 2009 [under Obama] because in 2008 Ukraine invaded Georgia. What happened? Bush put sanctions on Russia to teach them a lesson."

"What happened after that?" said Gohmert. "Well, in March of 2009 Hillary Clinton was sent over to Russia with a reset button to say, 'Bush over-reacted. We're okay that you invaded Georgia.' It was a green light to Russia to invade Ukraine."

"Then what do you do? said Gohmert. "You sent blankets and MREs to keep them [Ukrainians] warm while the Russians were killing them. That is what the Obama administration did."


"This is a travesty, and we're in big trouble because [Sen. Chuck] Schumer was right," said Gohmert.  "Now it's lowered even farther, the [impeachment] bar. It will be used for political battles, and this country's end  is now in sight. I hope I don’t live to see it. This is an outrage.”

After Gohmert walked about, House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler said, “I am deeply concerned that any member of the House would spout Russian propaganda on the floor of the House.”

At that point, Gohmert quickly returned to the dais and demanded that Nadler's remarks be stricken from the record. 

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