A heated incident took place on Wednesday night, Dec. 18, during the debate in the House on the impeachment of President Trump: Democrat Jerry Nadler defended himself against the serious irregularities of the Obama administration regarding Russia and Ukraine by calling them “Russian propaganda.”
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) used his floor statement to comment on the gross negligence committed by the administration of former Democratic President Barack Obama in both Ukraine and Russia.
Gohmert said the impeachment of President Donald Trump serves two purposes:
“Number one, stop the investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and Ukraine into the corruption of Ukraine interference into U.S. election in 2016,” Gohmert said.
“You said it was about this terrible Russia collusion and then it fell through,” Gohmert said, referring to the failure of the Mueller Report to prove any kind of Russian interference in the election in favor of President Donald Trump.
“[And now] it was about emoluments, it’s about bribery, it’s about extortion. It’s changed, but one thing hasn’t changed and that’s the intent to impeach this president. It’s always been there,” he added.
Gohmert later noted that former President Obama turned his back on Ukraine when Russia invaded the Crimean Peninsula in 2014, undoing the way Bush handled the Kremlin when it invaded Georgia in 2008.
“Bush imposed sanctions on Russia to teach it a lesson,” Gohmert continued.
“What happened after that? Well in March 2009, Hillary Clinton was sent over to Russia with a ‘reset’ button to say, ‘Bush overreacted. We’re okay that you invaded Georgia.’ It was a green light to Russia to invade Ukraine,” he said.
Gohmert noted that Obama’s reaction when Russia finally invaded the Crimean Peninsula was to send “blankets and MREs [food] – they can eat and be warm while the Russians are killing them.”
“That is what the Obama administration did,” he added.
“This is a travesty and we’re in big trouble because Schumer was right, now the bar is lowered even further, it will be used for political battles and this country’s end is now in sight,” Gohmert concluded. “I hope I don’t live to see it. This is an outrage.
Once Gohmert had concluded his speech, Democrat Jerry Nadler took the floor to say a few words, “I am deeply concerned that any member of the House would spout Russian propaganda on the floor of the House…”
This infuriated Gohmert, who returned to the podium to demand that Nadler take down his words, according to journalist Andrew Desiderio, who was in the room.
The Democratic majority in the House voted yesterday to continue the impeachment of President Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The process began when an anonymous whistleblower accused President Trump of pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiyin a phone call to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, who was hired by a Ukrainian energy company for a huge salary.
Although the White House released the transcript of the call and both presidents denied any pressure, the case will now continue its course to the Senate, where the Republican majority has already announced that it will vote en bloc against impeaching the president.