'Look to Where Their Loyalties Are'
All federal officials take an oath to be loyal to the U.S. Constitution, not to any person, including the President. The relevant passage of the oath is: "I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same."
That's not what the Congressman from Texas was asking.
"I would hope that wisdom in you as Attorney General," Congressman Gohmert told Whitaker at the Judiciary Committee hearing, "would be to look at the backgrounds, look at the people who are political hacks, and figure out, 'Oh, they're giving me advice on this? This is not for my well-being, this is to hurt the President of the United States.'"
He then urged the Acting AG to ensure career DOJ officials are loyal to the President and the Attorney General.
"Look beyond career, look to where their loyalties are, because, even though they may be in a career position, if their loyalties are not to the Attorney General and not to the President of the United States and are more political than they are constitutional, disregard what they say."
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) says the Justice Department should look into career employees in order to see if they are loyal to the Attorney General and the President... pic.twitter.com/DPphLdJ0DH
— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) February 8, 2019
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