Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) may finally get subpoenaed by the House January 6th Committee after one of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) former staffers described Brooks’ behavior during the Capitol insurrection.
Just hours before Trump supporters violently stormed the Capitol in a failed bid to overthrow democracy and install Donald Trump as a dictator, Brooks spoke to them at a rally and suggested they spill blood for their cause.
“Now, our ancestors sacrificed their blood, their sweat, their tears, their fortunes, and sometimes their lives,” Brooks said. “So I have a question for you: Are you willing to do the same? My answer is yes.”
Another sign that Brooks expected violence that day is that he wore body armor during the rally and may have been wearing it at the Capitol. As it turns out, as Trump supporters were storming the Capitol and getting closer to breaching the House chamber, Brooks was cheering them on as other lawmakers were evacuating.
That’s according to former McCarthy staffer Ryan O’Toole, who was there that day.
“As we escaped the chamber, to what sounded like gunshots, to the secure location, I think people were still scared,” he told CNN on Thursday. “Members and staff are still scared and not sure what was happening. You had some members express a different view. One member, Mo Brooks, for example, was glad. He was cheering on the fact that the 117th congress had started this way. That was much to the dismay of others in the room.”
Here’s the video via YouTube:
This is an eyewitness account that should bury Brooks, especially in the civil lawsuit he is currently embroiled in. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) filed the lawsuit against Brooks last year for inciting the violence that put his life at risk. Now we have learned that Brooks was cheering on the violence from the inside all while he denies being involved. Clearly, he knew there would be violence that day and helped to incite it and cheered it on as it was unfolding. That should be enough for Brooks to lose the civil suit and be subpoenaed by the House January 6th Committee.
In addition, a criminal investigation should get underway immediately. Any Republican lawmakers who were involved in the insurrection should be arrested, prosecuted, and expelled from Congress.
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