Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) says he received a peculiar piece of mail that had clearly already been opened before reaching his desk. Emblazoned across the envelope: “DOJ MAILROOM.”
The envelope also said ‘X-RAYED’ on the stamp, and listed the date. Gohmert didn’t receive the letter until four months after it was sent (the tampering took place in September 2021).
“It is deeply concerning that Legislative Branch mail is somehow being co-mingled with Executive Branch mail when we have completely different proprietary zip codes,” 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,” the congressman continued. “This is felonious behavior.”
“We have never ever seen a Congress so partisan to such an unethical and illegal extent,” Gohmert added in his statement. He said the “people behind this should be hoping and praying” the same tactics will not be used against them “when and if Republicans retake the majority.”
The congressman shared his statement on Twitter:
“My statement on the apparent unconstitutional tampering of my private constituent mail:”
My statement on the apparent unconstitutional tampering of my private constituent mail: pic.twitter.com/YnIkkLQ0xJ
— Louie Gohmert (@replouiegohmert) February 8, 2022