Rep. Mo Brooks, a far-right Republican from Alabama, denies claims that he was involved the attack on Capitol on January 6. Instead, Brooks has shifted blame onto his staff — while saying that he would be “proud” if his staff were involved.
The Alabama Republican NamedAccording to a bombshell investigation by, January 6 organizers were identified as one of the extremist right-wing representatives who met up with the planners of attack. Rolling StoneThis was made public over the weekend. The Alabama lawmaker’s name has also come up in previous discussions over lawmakers’ roles in the attack for inciting attackers that day. In a contentious speech, he said, “Today is the day that American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass,” just before attackers marched to the Capitol partly at his urging.
Although he denied any personal connection to the attack, Brooks suggested to AL.comHis staff may have been involved. “Quite frankly, I’d be proud of them if they did help organize a First Amendment rally to protest voter fraud and election theft,” he said, despite the fact that, nearly a year after the 2020 election, no evidence of widespread voter fraud has been found.
Brooks has denied wrongdoing for speech that day. He previously stated that he won’t apologizeFor his words. Brooks was subsequently named after the attack. Rep. Pramila Japal (D-Washington). as someone who had a role in “instigating and aiding” the attack. He’s also been Serving a lawsuitBrooks tried to avoid the Department of Justice asking if they would protect him from Rep. Eric Swalwell (D.California) over his speech.
Regardless of whether Brooks is lying about his involvement — despite his lies about whether or not it was actually far right militants who carried out the attack — he has made questionable choices that suggest he may have known more about the attempted coup beforehand than he’s letting on.
Brooks wore body armorDuring the January 6 rally, he stated that he had been warned Monday that an attack might be violent. He took such drastic steps to protect himself that he didn’t even go home before the event, but rather slept on the floor of his office. Brooks says that despite his fear, Brooks is now able to say that he didn’t intendTo attend the rally prior to the attack until Tuesday. He then gave a speech that still riled the crowd and urged them to continue their march until Tuesday.
In contrast, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York)Ocasio-Cortez, who was a target of the violent right-wing crowds, took precautions to protect herself, but none as drastic as staying in her office. Rather, Ocasio-Cortez said that she took off her pin identifying her as a member of Congress and avoided going outside by Tuesday — mostly because of hostile people she had noticed in public.
Brooks may be trying avoid potential consequences by putting aside blame. Prosecutors have saidThe government would not protect lawmakers who are found to have conspired or conspired with militants. The January 6 planners named the following members. Rolling StoneReports, such as Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Madison Cawthorn respectively (R–North Carolina), Lauren Boebert (R–Colorado), and Paul Gosar (R–Alabama), can also be found here Face to face callsTo be expelled as a bare-minimum sentence from their Congress roles.
Last week, officials were exposed for refusing to comply with orders regarding January 6. The House committee investigating January 6 was unanimously in favor of holding Former Trump advisor Steve Bannonin contempt of Congress; recommending criminal charges against the Department of Justice
Not all Trump allies have sworn to the committee. At least five former Trump staffers have voluntarily spokenAccording to the committee, CNN. However, it’s unclear what is motivating the staffers to comply, and they may well have been scared into compliance after seeing what happened to Bannon or the subpoena threats that their colleagues have received.
Though it’s yet unclear whether the committee will call members of Congress for their alleged roles in planning the attack, the committee Organizers have been subpoenaed. It also sought to You can gather information such phone records. lawmakers involved with the attack, but the committee has not said who they’re probing. Brooks, Gosar and Boebert are still investigating, possibly fearing the worst. sent a letter to telecommunications companies trying to sabotage the information-gathering process.