Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said from the House floor on Thursday that FBI whistleblower reports he has received make it “sound like Sodom and Gomorrah up there.” The Texas Republican was specifically referring to allegations of sexual misconduct within the nation’s top criminal investigation agency.
Gohmert said that in just the last week his office has received complaints about “sexual harassment, about sexual improprieties on the top floor, the seventh floor where the headquarters is, of the FBI and all the favors and all the intimidation that goes along with sexual improprieties.”
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He invoked the biblical image of God destroying the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of the unrepentant sexual immorality and other sins of their residents in describing the current condition of Director Christopher Wray’s FBI.
Gohmert’s comments about the FBI came during debate on legislation that would impose new antitrust measures against huge technology firms. House Republicans were divided on the bill, with those in opposition arguing that it would add new unregulated powers to the FBI and Department of Justice.
Gohmert said of the FBI: “Those are the last people who we need to trust with reining in Big Tech.”
He went on to say that allegations he has received go far beyond even the complaints recently received by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee. Jordan said this week that he has reports from 14 FBI whistleblowers who allege widespread political bias against conservative agents and improper politicization of investigations against conservative Americans.
Referring to Jordan’s description of the allegations he has received, Gohmert said: “When it comes to intimidation and manipulation, they are right there — and I don’t say this lightly — they are right there with the Gestapo.”
Gohmert has also been outspoken about the treatment of the defendants being held in federal detention in Washington, D.C., on charges stemming from the protest and riot at the Capitol building on January 6, 2021. He has referred to those defendants as “political prisoners” on several occasions.
Gohmert is leaving the House at the end of the current term. He decided instead to run for attorney general of Texas and did not win that election.