Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) insisted that President Donald Trump couldn’t have committed a crime because Ukraine hadn’t realized it was the victim of a shakedown scheme.
The Texas Republican, a former prosecutor and judge, claimed he had never sent anyone to prison without the victim realizing they had been the victim of a crime, and social media users swiftly fact-checked his claim — which wasn’t even an accurate assessment of the impeachment evidence.
“Having been a prosecutor, I’ve defended some cases, I’ve been a judge, i have sent a lot of people to prison,” Gohmert said. “But I have never sent someone to prison where the victim didn’t know or figure out that they were a victim. That’s extraordinary to hear, that you can commit a crime like bribery or theft or — and the victim never knows, never figures out there’s a victim. I’ve never sent anybody to prison when the victim didn’t know they were a victim.”
Witnesses have testified that Ukrainian officials were concerned that military aid had been paused while Trump sought an investigation of his rival Joe Biden, and that package was released after the whistleblower complaint was reported to Congress.
Gohmert repeats this all the time, claiming the victim didn't know.
The victim, of course, is the United States.
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) December 12, 2019
Hey Gohmert. WE the people know that WE’RE the victims. Trump isn’t a victim. He’s a criminal. #impeachmentDebate
— Weird huh? (@NYgrooveX) December 12, 2019
Excuse me Rep. Gohmert, the American people is the victim, and we know it #impeachmentDebate
— Brian W. Anderson (@BAjd2017) December 12, 2019
Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-R) talking about how he's never seen someone be convicted of a crime where the victim didn't know they were a victim, and that's the most bullshit statement. I don't work in law and I can think of tons of examples where that would apply.
— Garrett Massey (@garrettmassey) December 12, 2019
Louis Gohmert asserts that you can't send someone to prison or convict someone of a crime if the victim is unaware of a crime against them.
Is he suggesting that cyberhackers can't go be sent to jail b/c people are not aware their identity was stolen??#impeachmentDebate
— C H E R I 🤩 (@CLTgirl98) December 12, 2019
Hey guys! According to Louie Gohmert, you can't actually rob a dead person's house!
Also, if a cop catches a guy who is burglarizing the house of people who aren't home, he has to let the burglar go.
It's not robbery because the victim doesn't know about it!
— Jeagan Says Tick Tock (@jemkeegs) December 12, 2019
Omg, Gohmert—a former judge—argued that “a crime is not a crime if the victim doesn’t know about it.”
I can’t even….
Embezzlers, pickpockets, and Kenyan “princes” everywhere are rejoicing at this *brilliant* legal defense.
— Ignoreland (@KoolaidUSA) December 12, 2019
So, in the law according to Gohmert, no crime was committed when JFK was assassinated because the victim had no awareness that he was a victim.
— Plumb Bob (@bob_melusky) December 12, 2019
Rep Louie Gohmert, has got to be kidding. He says he's never sent someone to jail when the victim didn't know they were a victim. Ridiculous. If someone planned to have someone killed, they are still guilty. Even if the victim didn't find out to after the fact #impeachmentDebate
— CeCe A.🎄 (@CeCeA_) December 12, 2019
#impeachmentdebate This nonsense that the Ukraine Pres didnt know he was a victim is such gas lighting. OBVIOUSLY no President who is reliant on US aid is gonna complain about the current President. I mean for fuck sake. What dumb logic. How did Gohmert become a judge. Idiot
— Razor (@AtomicCule) December 12, 2019
#Gohmert — “how can you have a crime when the victim doesn’t know they’re a victim?” A true numbnut
— Sam (@chirp_tweetin) December 12, 2019
Elijah Cummings’ widow reveals to The View that Trump’s ‘minions’ bombarded family with death threats: ‘It undermined his health’
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"We felt like this was our zero moment as a nation, that we have to make sure that we're all on the battlefield fighting for our future, and so while it does not look good in terms of President Trump and the Republicans," she said. "What they're doing to try to take us back 100 years in this country, the fact of the matter is that people are rising up all across the country. They are saying that we will not be oppressed, you will not take our democracy away from us. We have hordes of women who are running to take office, we have young people who are standing up and speaking out."
Kellyanne Conway stumbles after getting fact checked in real time on Fox News
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During an interview with Fox News' Sandra Smith, Conway once again echoed President Donald Trump and complained about how unfair the impeachment process has been.
Conway then slammed Senate Democrats for wanting to call witnesses to testify at Trump's impeachment trial.
"Look at what happened in the House, the Republicans, the president was denied calling his own witnesses," Conway falsely claimed, as House Democrats did allow some witnesses who were requested by House Republicans to testify. "That is a complete disgrace!"
Two conservatives explain the fear that will motivate ‘spineless’ GOP senators during Trump impeachment trial
As President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial gets underway, many Republicans are defending the president vigorously. Conservative attorney George Conway, however, has been applauding Trump’s impeachment. And in an op-ed he co-wrote with political consultant Reed Galen for NBC News’ website, Conway describes Trump’s impeachment trial as an event that is “dominated” by “fear.”
“Fear was what Trump used to spin up the Republican base, using stereotypes, lies and hyperbole to dismantle decades of American political discourse,” Conway and Galen assert in their op-ed. “Fear of facing off against former Vice President Joe Biden was what led Trump to demand, as a price for vital military and security aid, that Ukraine help him smear Biden.”