It’s not because the Texas congressman thinks Navarro should have followed the law and cooperated with a House select committee’s investigation of the U.S. Capitol riot but because Navarro’s arrest Friday means that Republicans might have to tell the truth when dealing with Congress or law enforcement.
Navarro was taken off a plane at a Washington-area airport Friday after the indictment on contempt of Congress charges was unsealed. He later appeared before a judge who released him on the condition that he notify the court before traveling.
Gohmert appeared Friday on Newsmax and lamented that Navarro’s indictment means “if you’re a Republican, you can’t even lie to Congress or lie to an FBI agent or they’re coming after you.”
Gohmert, a former lawyer and judge, said that Navarro was the victim of “a two-tiered justice system.”
He said he was especially angered that Navarro’s indictment came in the same week that a jury acquitted Michael Sussman, a lawyer for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, of charges that he had lied to the FBI.
Rep Louie Gohmert on Navarro indictment: "If you're a Republican, you can't even lie to Congress or lie to an FBI agent or they're coming after you" pic.twitter.com/8eIkkycukd
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) June 3, 2022
However, many Twitter users pointed out that Gohmert was simply angry that his fellow party members weren’t being allowed to lie under oath.
It's getting to be where you can't even lie to federal law enforcement officers in a federal investigation! What is the world even coming to? https://t.co/SJS8IYicpc
— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) June 3, 2022
"Section 1001 – Lying to Federal Agents. It is a crime to lie to federal agents at any time" https://t.co/hGa9BA5pUG
— Arngrim (@Arngrim) June 3, 2022
Republican Congressman unclear on the concept: "We have a two-tiered justice system. If you're a Republican, you can't even lie to Congress..." https://t.co/loWUmqDRo2
— Carla Marinucci (@cmarinucci) June 3, 2022
You mean there are consequences to lying to Congress or the FBI? What is the world coming to? https://t.co/zgKSBRdR4n
— Stephen Espinoza (@StephenEspinoza) June 3, 2022
Cancel culture has gone too far!!! https://t.co/laIc58CfQW
— Nick Stellini (@StelliniTweets) June 3, 2022
There's a name for that...wait, it's coming to me... oh right, "Laws." https://t.co/MvTNMmyFFk
— Michael Seitzman (@michaelseitzman) June 3, 2022
Can't even commit some casual federal crimes anymore, jeez. https://t.co/Fr2NUWKX10
— Cameron Peters (@jcameronpeters) June 3, 2022
it's just crazy these days. it's like there's consequences or something https://t.co/XRbRlFb696
— Brendan Karet (@bad_takes) June 3, 2022
This has been an emotional week for Gohmert, who went viral on Thursday after he chastised Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) for suggesting that he and his fellow Republicans are unwilling to entertain possible solutions to gun violence as a sign that they support killers more than schoolchildren.
“How dare you? You think we don’t have hearts,” Gohmert said.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.