Mo Brooks is Done Being Trump’s B**ch — Announces He’s Willing to Publicly Testify for Jan 6 Committee
Rep. Mo Brooks was roundly defeated in Alabama’s Republican runoff for the Senate on Tuesday, The New York Times reports. This follows a snub from former president Donald Trump, who initially endorsed him and then threw his support to another Republican candidate.
And apparently, this has Brooks doing a little thinking because now he’s perfectly willing to testify before the January 6 committee. Talking to reporters on Wednesday, he said he would comply with an impending subpoena from the House committee as it continues its probe into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol building, but added he’ll only do so under certain conditions, CNN reports.
“My basic requirement is it be in public so the public can see it — so they don’t get bits and pieces dribbled out,” he said, adding that he will only discuss matters related to January 6, 2021, and that he wants to review copies of any documents beforehand that the committee may want to ask him about.
The subpoenas for Brooks and four other Republicans were issued last month but Brooks hadn’t been served at the time because he was busy campaigning for the GOP Senate nomination in Alabama. He was resoundingly beaten in the primary runoff by Katie Britt.
According to The Times, Trump withdrew his support for Brooks last March when his poll numbers began to lag. He then endorsed Britt as the campaign drew to a close.
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Lamenting his loss, Brooks told a Politico reporter that the “bad guys won.”
NEW: Rep. Mo Brooks tells me he’s retiring from politics after the “bad guys won” — re. Katie Britt — beating him out for the Senate gop nomination in Alabama.
— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) June 22, 2022
But no matter how upset Brooks might be over this situation, he deserves little more than a tiny violin. He’s a hard-line Republican and was an ardent Trump supporter, until, according to Trump, Brooks became “woke.” And thanks to his actions preceding the riot on Jan. 6, he has received much scrutiny. And for good reason — right before the siege, Brooks, outfitted in body armor at a rally, beseeched Trump’s supporters to start “kicking a$$.”
Trump withdrew his endorsement of Brooks after he urged Trump supporters to distance themselves from the 2020 election. But the weird thing is, that even after Trump withdrew his support, Brooks continued to hold on to Trump’s misleading claims about voter fraud.
Brooks now says he plans to retire from politics but adds he’s not going to do so quietly.
“The voters have spoken, but not spoken wisely,” he said at his election night gathering in Huntsville, Alabama.
That’s not news. They didn’t speak wisely by voting for Trump, either. And it’s something that those of us who are concerned about the welfare of many Americans are only too aware of.
I’ve included a clip of Brooks exhorting Trump supporters on Jan. 6 below.