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April 17, 2018 Press Release
On the House Floor this morning, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) discussed a scathing exposé on discount airline Allegiant Air that was broadcast on CBS News’ “60-Minutes” this past Sunday. The Congressman called on relevant committees on Capitol Hill and agencies who oversee airline safety to address the egregious safety record of the airline, which has 3.5 times as many serious safety incidents as any other airline. Rep. Gutiérrez pointed out that Allegiant Air is run by one of the founders of ValuJet, a discount airline that closed only after its Flight 592 crashed in the Florida Everglades in 1996 killing all 110 passengers on board. He said with regard to Allegiant Air’s safety record, “We ought to demand that experts inside and outside of Congress get the facts and hold people accountable
April 11, 2018 Press Release
On the House Floor this morning, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) addressed his colleagues about the President’s “disgraceful” reaction to developments in the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, including “lawful warrants legally executed against the homes, offices, and hotel rooms of the President’s chief fixer and fellow grifter” Michael Cohen this week. Rep. Gutiérrez said that if the President follows through on threats to further obstruct justice or derail the investigation, Americans must be prepared to come to Washington to defend our Democracy and system of government. "We have to be ready to come to Washington, quickly, massively, energetically, in huge numbers when the shoe drops. We have to answer the call to defend the country we all love and we must be united."
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) released a statement today reacting to the final report from the House Committee on Ethics “In the Matter of Allegations Relating to Representative Luis V. Gutiérrez.” The report concludes that: "[N]one of the findings in this case should be read to indicate any knowing or willful intent by Representative Gutierrez or his staff to misuse MRA [Member’s Representational Allowance] or otherwise violate House Rules or CHA [Committee on House Administration] regulations governing the work contractors may perform for a congressional office."
March 15, 2018 Press Release
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) said on the House floor this morning that billionaire investor and Trump friend Carl Icahn should be the target of an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) because of his extremely beneficial and well-timed stock dealings just before President Trump announced steel and aluminum tariffs. Just a week before the President made public his intention to raise tariffs on steel, Icahn sold millions of dollars of stock in a manufacturing company dependent on steel, whose share price plummeted after President Trump made his announcement. Coincidence? Rep. Gutiérrez is not buying it. He wrote to SEC Chairman Jay Clayton last week calling for the investigation, and today brought an enlarged poster of Icahn to the House floor to make sure Chairman Clayton – and Mr. Icahn – get the message.
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) is calling for a federal investigation into the suspiciously timed sale of stock by Trump insider and former advisor Carl Icahn just before President Trump announced steel and aluminum tariffs that caused the value of those stocks to plummet. In a letter [LINK] to Jay Clayton, Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Rep. Gutiérrez said: "I write to request that you and your agency immediately investigate possible illegal insider trading by Mr. Carl Icahn, a longtime friend of President Donald Trump, who according to his SEC filings sold $31.3 million worth of stock in a company heavily dependent on steel just days before the President announced plans to impose import tariffs on steel and aluminum."
February 2, 2018 Press Release
Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Democratic Members of the House Judiciary Committee, issued a joint statement following the release of the “Nunes memo,” a set of misleading talking points drafted by the Republican staff of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in an attempt to discredit the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation: “President Trump’s decision to allow the release of Chairman Nunes’ Republican talking points is part of a coordinated propaganda effort to discredit, disable and defeat the Russia investigation. House Republicans are now accomplices to a shocking campaign to obstruct the work of the Special Counsel, to undermine the credibility and legitimacy of the Justice Department and the FBI, and to bury the fact that a foreign adversary interfered with our last election..."
January 30, 2018 Press Release
Washington, DC – Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement after listening to the President’s State of the Union address. Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. "Even though I disagreed with almost everything he said, for Trump, the speech was clear and well-delivered. Whoever translated it for him from Russian did a good job..."
November 15, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) participated in a press conference at which articles of impeachment against Donald Trump were introduced in the House of Representatives. The articles of impeachment were authored by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Rep. Gutiérrez has joined as an original co-sponsor along with Rep. Al Green (D-TX) and Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) who also spoke at the press conference, and Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) and Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY).
July 26, 2017 Press Release
On Wednesday morning, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the House floor about the controversy surrounding his remarks about President Trump at a meeting at a Chicago church on Saturday, July 22. Breitbart, the nationalist web publication associated with Trump Advisor Stephen Bannon, said that Rep. Gutiérrez said it was time to ‘eliminate’ Trump and bring him to his knees. The Washington Times, Fox News, and others ran stories based on Breitbart’s account and The Daily Stormer – which Rep. Gutiérrez described as the “the whipped cream on top of the White Nationalist/Neo-Nazi banana split” – ran with the headline “Subversive Beanman Luis Gutiérrez Calls for Trump’s Elimination.” So Congressman Gutiérrez went back to look at what he actually said this past Saturday, because, he said, “If Fox, Breitbart and The Daily Stormer report something as true, it must be true.” But, as it turns out, he didn’t threaten violence, threaten the President’s life or incite people to violence, as he detailed in his speech this morning.
June 13, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the House floor to reiterate his call for the Judiciary Committee to begin hearings or investigations into the Trump/Sessions/Russia matter. Former FBI Director James Comey’s Senate testimony last week clearly indicates this is no longer a matter just for the Intelligence Committee, the Congressman said. But so far, there has been no action in the Judiciary Committee, which Gutiérrez said is working to “protect the President at all costs; shielding the President from tough questions.” The Congressman also noted that Trump allies have called on the President to fire former FBI Director Robert Mueller who currently heads the Department of Justice investigation, an action that Gutiérrez said would put the President “on a fast track to impeachment.”