To hear Democrats tell it, the gravest threat to the country is Donald Trump and his unrelenting claim to have been cheated out of victory in the last election.
Never mind that it was Democrats, led by Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton, who unleashed the federal national security apparatus against the man and duly elected president in 2016, and spent four years lying to half of his countrymen that he was a Russian agent.
But much like the FBI and others spied on Trump, under President Biden, they’re now spying on congressional Republicans.
Twice within the past few days, a GOP lawmaker has claimed his personal effects were subject to unauthorized Justice Department snooping.
In a statement released Tuesday, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert claimed the DOJ had rifled through his mail.
The first time was last month, when Gohmert’s staff noted a letter sent to his office by a Christian missionary was already open and stamped “DOJ MAILROOM” and “X-RAYED.” Last week, Gohmert’s office got mail from a constituent in Texas that was first sent in September. It, too, was opened and stamped by the DOJ.
“Even if it were a mistake to deliver Congress’ mail to the DOJ, the DOJ has an obligation to immediately notify Congress and forward the mail without opening it,” Gohmert said in the statement. “It is gravely concerning that since Congressional mail is constitutionally protected under the Speech and Debate Clause of the Constitution, it could be routed, intentionally or not, through the highly partisan DOJ. This is felonious behavior.”
“The Supreme Court has made it clear that the Department of Justice cannot even use a search warrant to search a Representative’s mail and office,” he noted.
The Texan added that Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi requires lawmakers to report to her names, dates, times, and purposes of meetings in order for constituents to enter Congress and meet with lawmakers.
“We have never ever seen a Congress so partisan to such an unethical and illegal extent,” Gohmert continued. “The people behind this should be hoping and praying that they will not be treated in the same manner in which they are running roughshod over Republicans when and if Republicans retake the majority.
Gohmert aired his complaint on the same day that GOP Rep. Troy Nehls, another Texan, issued a statement saying he was the “subject” of a U.S. Capitol Police investigation. Reportedly, a USCP officer entered Nehls’ office and photographed some of his private work product.
Nehls has been an outspoken critic of the USCP, Pelosi, and the probe into the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol.
“This directly contradicts previous assertions made by Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger that Members of Congress are not subject to criminal investigations,” Nehls noted.
Nehls said the confidential material photographed by the officer last November concerned a “pro-law enforcement bill that would have ensured body armor quality for law enforcement officers.” He added that USCP intelligence analysts reported the document as “suspicious writings.”
Days later, Nehls continued, three plain-clothed USCP “agents” visited his office and interrogated his staff about the material.
“This goes much deeper than an unethical entry into my office by Capitol police,” said Nehls. “This is a violation of Members’ right to speech and debate, as well as a 4th amendment violation. Could you imagine leaving your front door open and police officers enter your private home, take pictures of the inside, and then open an investigation based on those pictures?”
Chief Manger claimed the agency was concerned about a “veiled threat” to Nehls’ life, even though the USCP never contacted him about that.
“We were the ‘threat.’ If Capitol Police had spent this much time investigating January 6th as they did investigating my private legislative materials, January 6th would not have happened,” Nehls added.
Nehls added that the USCP’s inspector general has accepted request to formally investigate the incident.
“Capitol Police leadership have put a target on my back, but my work in exposing the security failures on January 6th, the death of Ms. [Ashli] Babbitt, and the sham investigation into the events of January 6th will not be deterred,” Nehls continued.
In responding to the news about Nehls, Gohmert added, “We want answers to this outrage, not excuses. The Democrats’ spying on political opponents appears to know no end.”