You’d be hard-pressed to name a politician having a worse week than Donald Trump or Devin Nunes, but Republican Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-04) stopped what he was doing and said, “hold my beer.” After the much-hyped Devin Nunes memo turned out to be an absolute dud, simultaneously embarrassing the entire Republican party and enraging intelligence officials in the process, one of the only voices to come forward in defense of Nunes was Rep. Paul Gosar. He released a statement that (excuse the typos, I’m laughing pretty hard here), calls for former FBI Director James Comey, soon-to-be retired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former U.S Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and current Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to be prosecuted for treason. You can read his full bonkers statement below, but here’s the bottom line:
The full throated adoption of this illegal misconduct and abuse of FISA by James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates and Rod Rosenstein is not just criminal but constitutes treason. I will be leading a letter to the Attorney General seeking criminal prosecution against these traitors to our nation.
Good luck getting others to sign onto that letter, Rep. Gosar! If you missed it earlier in the week, Rep. Gosar asked the Capitol Police to arrest any of the invited guests to the State of the Union address who are undocumented immigrants.
As if that weren’t enough, he appeared in an interview with Vice News and floated an absolutely bonkers and heinously racist theory about Democratic donor George Soros, a favorite boogeyman of the fringe right. Gosar’s views were so offensive, his seven siblings penned an open letter to denounce him:
Our parents are 87 and 83 and we would be outraged if some sleaze did to them what Paul shamelessly did to Mr. Soros. First, Paul confabulated horrendous lies about Soros as a young boy who survived the Holocaust, and followed it with invented notions that Soros was behind the Charlottesville Nazis. Paul’s deceit was uttered without a shred of evidence.
Those aren’t our family values or the values of the small Wyoming town we grew up in. Character assassination wasn’t revered. Lies and distortions do reveal much about the character of the congressman of Arizona’s 4th congressional district, however.
You can read Rep. Gosar’s full statement below. If you live in Arizona’s 4th district, for the love of everything—get this guy out of office.