Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) accused House Democrats of a “coup” against President Donald Trump after the congressional body voted to exercise its impeachment duties.
Just minutes after House Democrats voted to formalize the impeachment of President Donald Trump, Gohmert took to the House floor to complain that Democrats had posted “armed guards” outside a secure room where depositions are being held.
“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,” the congressman griped.
Gohmert also complained about a whistleblower who brought alleged corruption to light.
“That’s not the kind of evidence that a coup should be based on,” Gohmert ranted. “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.”
The Texas Republican went on to warn of a “civil war” if House Democrats continue down the path of impeachment.
“It’s about to push this country to a civil war if they were to get their wishes,” Gohmert opined. “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.”
Watch a video clip of Gohmert’s speech below.
Watch: GOP strategist labels Rep. Doug Collins a ‘screeching histrionic drama queen’ who’s ‘waving’ his ‘junk around’
Republican strategist Rick Wilson had a few carefully chosen words for the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Doug Collins, Thursday night after a 13-hour day of impeachment debate that featured repeated outbursts, stonewalling, and theatrics from the Republican Member from Georgia.
"I don't want to say that Doug Collins is a screeching, histrionic drama queen, because that would insult screeching, histrionic drama queens," Wilson said on MSNBC's "The 11th Hour," "but this whole thing is a bad faith effort, performative in every way."
Wilson, author of the book, Everything Trump Touches Dies, was far from done.
Trump is wallowing in ‘self-pity’ even though McConnell promised to protect him: Morning Joe
Appearing on MNBC's "Morning Joe," New York Times reporter Peter Baker said Donald Trump is wallowing in "self-pity" that fluctuates with "combativeness" as he worries about the effect being impeached will have on his legacy.
Speaking with host Joe Scarborough, Baker filled in the blanks from his Times report, saying the president is obsessed with the impeachment hearings and Senate trial still to come.
Asked by host Scarborough about Trump's "humiliation," Baker said, "He can count on the Republican-controlled Senate to hold the trial where he seems almost certain to be acquitted, or at least see the charges dismissed in some fashion."
WATCH LIVE: House holds historic vote on the impeachment of Donald Trump
After a 14-hour House Judiciary Committee Thursday hearing considering the impeachment of Donald Trump, Democrats and Republicans on the committee will reconvene once again Friday morning where they are expected to finally vote on the articles of impeachment before sending them to the House floor for a full vote scheduled for next week.
According to NBC, "In a surprise move, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler delayed the vote until Friday morning at 10 a.m. after more than 14 hours of debate. There were five votes on Thursday: one to eliminate the first article on abuse of power, a second to strike a reference to former Vice President Joe Biden, a third to note the aid withheld from Ukraine was eventually released, a fourth to strike entire second amendment on obstruction of Congress and a fifth to strike the last lines in each article. All were voted down and along party lines."