Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) fiercely attacked Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s credibility on Wednesday, calling him a “disaster” who “did more damage to the FBI than all the other FBI directors put together since J. Edgar Hoover.”
But Gohmert’s reasoning directly undermines President Trump’s claim earlier in the day that Mueller is a partisan, conflicted “Democrat loyalist.”
Much of the bad blood with Russia is caused by the Fake & Corrupt Russia Investigation, headed up by the all Democrat loyalists, or people that worked for Obama. Mueller is most conflicted of all (except Rosenstein who signed FISA & Comey letter). No Collusion, so they go crazy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018
Gohmert told Fox News that Mueller hurt the FBI when the Bureau investigated then-Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) in 2006, during the George W. Bush administration. After the FBI raided Jefferson’s office and home, they found he had taken $100,000 in bribe money — $90,000 of which which was discovered in his freezer. The Democrat was convicted on 11 counts in 2009 and sentenced to a lengthy jail term.
But 12 years later, Gohmert is still upset that the raid violated the separation of powers.
“I read the affidavit in support of a search warrant that they got into bust into a congressional office. Unprecedented in over 200 years,” he said. “The way you handle a conflict of interest with a congressional privilege being even higher than attorney client. You always would go to the ethics attorneys here at Capitol Hill and they would take all the things from the congressman’s office and sort through.”
Gohmert said the FBI’s raid on Jefferson’s office was about Mueller sending a message that “you yahoos on Capitol Hill, we are bigger, we’ll threaten you any time we want to.” He said Mueller’s current investigation into Trump is no different.
But by attacking Mueller for his successful investigation of a Democratic politician who was convicted on multiple corruption charge, Gohmert inadvertently destroyed Trump’s argument that Mueller is some sort of Democratic partisan trying to prosecute an innocent man.