The House of Representatives has never looked less civil.
The Oversight and Judiciary committees spent Thursday hearing from FBI agent Peter Strzok, who led the bureau's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails, over his potential bias in the probe — a hearing that quickly devolved into a screaming match.
It's enough to make you forget that just last June, the House introduced a resolution to mark July 12 as a "National Day of Civility."
For Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), July 12 instead became a day to accuse Strzok of lying under oath, embarrassing the entire FBI, and "looking so innocent into your wife's eyes and [lying] to her" about his affair with FBI lawyer Lisa Page. Strzok's texts with Page, in which he pledged to "stop" President Trump from being elected, brought about Thursday's hearing.
"This is intolerable harassment of a witness!"
In a chaotic moment at House Judiciary hearing, Rep. Louie Gohmert asks FBI Agent Peter Strzok how many times he lied to his wife. The question drew cries of outrage from Democratic members. https://t.co/M3YsVmNmn5 pic.twitter.com/f0nEkO5ewO
— ABC News (@ABC) July 12, 2018
Gohmert is a longtime representative who campaigned for Roy Moore, the Alabama Senate hopeful whose campaign was derailed last fall by multiple sexual assault allegations. Just two days ago, Gohmert defended Rep. Jim Jordan as the Ohio Republican faces accusations of overlooking sexual abuse against Ohio State wrestlers under his watch.
Gohmert wasn't listed as a sponsor of the civility day resolution, which is best celebrated by "being nice or polite to others and treating others with respect," per its text. Kathryn Krawczyk