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.— Dr. emptywheel (@Dr. emptywheel)1576167073.0
Hey Gohmert. WE the people know that WE’RE the victims. Trump isn’t a victim. He’s a criminal. #impeachmentDebate— NYcHaOs ⚰️300,000 deaths because of Trump (@NYcHaOs ⚰️300,000 deaths because of Trump)1576167231.0
Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-R) talking about how he's never seen someone be convicted of a crime where the victim didn't… https://t.co/OjuV5oq3qt— Garrett Massey (@Garrett Massey)1576167373.0
Louis Gohmert asserts that you can't send someone to prison or convict someone of a crime if the victim is unaware… https://t.co/c4tuADcHbp— A N G I E (@A N G I E)1576167276.0
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.… https://t.co/sPgqJYam2J— Ignoreland (@Ignoreland)1576167555.0
So, in the law according to Gohmert, no crime was committed when JFK was assassinated because the victim had no awa… https://t.co/Q77cPGwnxS— Plumb Bob (@Plumb Bob)1576167181.0
Rep Louie Gohmert, has got to be kidding. He says he's never sent someone to jail when the victim didn't know they… https://t.co/9QyTb9mWcQ— CeCe A. (@CeCe A.)1576167303.0