U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, described the Jan. 6 Committee hearings as “Soviet-style propaganda.”
During a hearing June 23, video testimony for the committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol showed Gohmert was among members of Congress who asked former President Donald Trump for a pardon soon after the insurrection.
Former aide to then-Whitehouse Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told the committee that Gohmert asked for a pardon. According to testimony, Reps. Matt Gaetz of Florida, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania also asked for pardons.
In a statement Gohmert released about the hearing, he said the testimony needs to be shown in full to accurately represent the situation.
“While it seems increasingly impossible for the Soviet-style January 6th Committee to be taken seriously, they must release the full raw video and transcript from Cassidy Hutchinson’s deposition,” Gohmert said in the statement.
“The way the video testimony was presented makes it sound like my pardon requests for very deserving military members, former military, and one civilian servant in late 2020 in written letters and packages of information was asking for a pardon for myself. Not only have I never asked for a pardon for myself, I have not done anything for which I need a pardon.”
The Texas Tribune reported that Gohmert said in a previous statement that the requests made for these individuals, who are not associated with the government in Washington D.C., were unrelated to the Jan. 6 riots.
Gohmert called claims he sought a pardon for something he did “unequivocally and maliciously false.”
“Any Committee Members or witness involved should be ashamed for perpetuating such a falsehood, but that would require a conscience to feel such shame,” he previously said.
“I am seeking a retraction and clarification from the January 6th Committee as well as an apology,” Gohmert said. “It is beyond reprehensible, unprofessional, immoral and potentially actionably illegal to facilitate these malicious lies about anyone. It should also be obligatory for Ms. Hutchinson to publicly clarify her comments if she feels her words were misrepresented or her deposition was inappropriately edited. However, if she simply made a mistake in her recollection, then a public apology would be the least she could do given the vicious attacks and smears that have arisen from her deposition.”
A video of Gohmert targeting Justice Department officials for not investigating allegations of voter fraud was also shown to the committee, the Tribune reported.
The hearing involving Gohmert was the fifth. More are expected this month.
This hearing focused on the coordinated efforts of Trump and allies to get the Justice Department to investigate voter fraud and overturn the 2020 election results, the Tribune reported.
So far, the hearings have shown Trump and allies worked to convince others of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election with the goal of overturning results and how the former president’s inner circle knew the allegations were not accurate.
”Since Attorney General Garland is hanging on every word from the January 6 hearings to decide whom to prosecute, there may also be some criminality involved in the January 6 committee attempts to pervert justice,” Gohmert said. “Once we finally have an AG concerned about principled justice, hopefully within three years, this committee along with the impeachment lies may require a fresh, honest review for criminality.”