Representative Louis Gohmert said it appears the former FBI director James committed a crime by not reporting President Trump’s attempt to obstruct justice, as alleged in a widely reported memo.
“I’m amazed that an FBI director, a former prosecutor would be confessing to a crime the way that it appears that he is”, said the Texas Congressman.
Gohmert cited federal laws (18 USC 4 and 28 USC 1361) that legally require any Department of Justice official who has been asked to obstruct justice to immediately report the attempt.
“If this [memo] happened a couple of months ago then it sounds [like] he has got to report it immediately and I’ve heard no evidence that he reported [it]” Gohmert said. “It sounds like he waited until it was politically expedient, which would make it a crime.”
Comey is expected to testify on Capitol Hill in the near future about the memo. Gohmert suggested that the former FBI director should consider “taking the fifth amendment, before he convicts himself.”