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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.”
June 9, 2017 Press Release
In a letter this afternoon, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) called on Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte (R-VA) to invite the President of the United States to testify before the Committee. Earlier today at a press conference, responding to a question related to fired FBI Director Comey’s testimony yesterday, President Trump offered to testify under oath. He said he was “100%” willing when he was asked if he would testify to investigators of Former FBI Director Robert Mueller’s investigation at the Department of Justice. But Rep. Gutiérrez, who, along with other Democrats on the Judiciary Committee, has been calling on the Chairman to get the Committee started on its own examination of the unfolding scandal and potential obstruction of justice, called on the Chairman to convene the Committee and give Members an opportunity “to receive the President’s testimony.”
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the House floor today urging the Judiciary Committee in the House to get to work on investigations related to President Trump's and Attorney General Sessions' ties to Russia and efforts to derail investigations that are taking place in other committees of the House, in the Senate, and by former FBI Director Mueller at the Dept. of Justice. The House Judiciary Committee plays a special role in matters that could lead to impeachment of a sitting President, but so far has been silent. The Congressman, who sits on the Judiciary Committee, said: “From the Committee of jurisdiction that is supposed to be in charge and taking action, we have exactly nothing. Not a peep. Not a hearing or a subpoena. Nada, zip, nothing. Just crickets.”
May 9, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez issued a statement reacting to the news today that President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, saying "We will look back on this day as the day the Trump cover-up began – and began to unravel. President Trump is up to no good firing Comey, which is why we need a special prosecutor to investigate Trump, the campaign, and White House ties to Russia."
May 4, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement reacting to the passage of Trumpcare in the House by a vote of 217-213. Rep. Gutiérrez voted against the bill, as he had previously indicated on Twitter and elsewhere. “Watching Republicans celebrate as they stripped health care coverage from millions of Americans was angering. Taking political retribution against Obama is one thing, but what Republicans are doing is snatching health care coverage from sick people, families and the elderly to make a political point."
May 1, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement on the 200-plus pro-immigrant and labor events taking place around the country today and on his thoughts on the budget deal announced to fund the government through September. Rep. Gutiérrez is scheduled to speak at the Washington, DC pro-immigrant event in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House. He will also be joining Democratic Leaders in both the House and Senate who will gather on the Capitol steps at 7:00 pm ET to show their support for the pro-immigrant message and movement around the country.
April 28, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement with his thoughts on the first 100 days of the Trump Administration. Rep. Gutiérrez is in his 13th term representing the Fourth District of Illinois. He is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and is the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. "Trump has flip-flopped on NATO and he has backed down from labeling China a currency manipulator because he is now best friends with China’s President, but there is one thing he has been 100% consistent on from day 1 of his campaign to day 100 of his Presidency: demonizing and attacking Latinos."
March 29, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the floor of the House about the words of President Trump and when it is acceptable under House Rules to repeat them. Yesterday in the Immigration Subcommittee, Rep. Gutiérrez was reprimanded by Chairman Rep. F James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) for saying that Donald Trump had said that Mexicans are criminals and rapists. But the President said those things and Rep. Gutiérrez was simply repeating the President’s words. So the Congressman from Illinois came to the floor to deliver a rather sarcastic speech about when it is and is not acceptable to repeat the words of the President in the House of Representatives.
March 9, 2017 Press Release
Today on the floor of the House of Representatives, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) discussed the overwhelmingly successful town hall event he held in the Avondale neighborhood of Chicago on Monday and offered lessons on what this says about the national resistance to the Trump Administration’s agenda. An estimated 1200 people packed the Logandale Middle School gym and auditorium for the 90-minute event, which was followed by an additional hour of Q&A with the Congressman in the parking lot. In his speech on the floor today, Rep. Gutiérrez said “there is a movement in the United States that is standing up to the fear, the racism, the lies and the divisiveness that comes from the President, his people and his Twitter account every single day.”