Rep. Gohmert on AP Scandal: ‘When There Is a Tyrannical Despot the Media Will Be One of the Early Victims’

By Penny Starr | May 16, 2013 | 12:34pm EDT

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) (AP Photo)

( – Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) told the large group of reporters gathered for a press conference on Thursday that the Department of Justice seizure of phone records from the Associated Press is what happens when a “tyrannical despot” is running the government.

“If the AP story has taught anything it should be to the media that when there is a tyrannical despot, the media will be one of the early victims,” Gohmert said. “You will be used as helpful savants for awhile, and then when you are no longer needed, you’ll be pressured and put out of business as well.”

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Speaking at a gathering of senators, members of Congress and Tea Party activists from around the country to react to the latest revelations about the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative groups, Gohmert said the government has “run amok.”

“This is a very dangerous time,” Gohmert said, noting a reporter’s question about why the Tea Party would seek legal status from the IRS, which activists said was not sought but required by the agency.

“It’s an interesting question – why would you need legal status?” he asked.

“Because this is the way a tyrannical government comes into being and perpetuates itself,” Gohmert said.

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