Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), on the House floor Thursday, Oct. 31, warned that House Democrats are leading this country to a “civil war” if they get “their wishes.”
“Never in the history of this country have we had such gross unfairness that one party would put armed guards with guns to prevent the duly authorized people from being able to hear the witnesses and see them for themselves,” Gohmert said.
“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, we’ll 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 ought to have a right to see each of those witnesses,” he continued.
He said the current inquiry is one-sided and unconstitutional, warning about the potential of an armed conflict inside the United States.
You see, they want it to be a one-sided, non-due process, sham court. It’s about to push this country to a civil war if they were to get their wishes,” Gohmert said. “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 remember who, said, guns are only involved in the last phase of a civil war.”
Gohmert made the remarks after the House voted along party lines on a resolution into the impeachment inquiry against President Trump on Thursday.
The tally was 232-196, with all Republicans against the resolution and two Democratic lawmakers joining them: freshman Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey and 15-term veteran Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota.
Gohmert added, “What’s gone on here is not protected the Constitution. It’s not protected the institutions. It’s not protected this little experiment in self-government. What it has done is put it all at risk.”
The Democrats have accused Trump of abusing his office and threatening national security for personal political gain. But they did not get a single Republican vote, while two Democrats voted against the impeachment resolution.
“It’s a sad day. No one comes to Congress to impeach a president,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said before the vote.
Republicans mostly criticized the vote of House Democrats, pointing out the result is not bipartisan for impeachment, but bipartisan for Trump support.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.,) tweeted, “100% of Republicans just voted AGAINST this sham impeachment. Two Democrats joined us. Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Schiff have both insisted that impeachment should be bipartisan. The only bipartisan vote today was AGAINST impeachment.”
BREAKING ⇒ 100% of Republicans just voted AGAINST this sham impeachment. Two Democrats joined us.
Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Schiff have both insisted that impeachment should be bipartisan. The only bipartisan vote today was AGAINST impeachment.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) October 31, 2019