Spicy from his resounding defeat in the Alabama Republicans’ runoff for the Senate on Tuesday and a snub from former President Donald J. Trump, Rep. Mo Brooks now appears willing to testify as part of the inquiry. of January 6.
Mr. Brooks signaled Wednesday that he would comply with an impending subpoena from the bipartisan House committee leading the investigation into the attack on the Capitol — but only under certain conditions.
His comments to the media, reported by TAUT on Wednesday, came a day after he lost a bitter runoff to Katie Britt. Mr Trump withdrew his support for Mr Brooks in March when he began to slide in the polls and threw his support behind Ms Britt in the final weeks of the campaign.
Mr. Brooks lamented his loss, telling a Politico reporter that the “the bad guys won.”
He articulated his willingness to testify before the House committee on his ability to do so “in public so the public can see it — so he doesn’t get dribbled past,” Brooks said, according to TAUT.
The congressman added that he would only testify on matters related to Jan. 6, 2021, and that he wanted to see copies of documents he could be questioned about beforehand, the network reported.
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Mr. Brooks was unavailable for an interview on Thursday and his office declined to elaborate on his comments.
Mr. Brooks, a far-right Republican and once fierce ally of Mr. Trump whom the former president has accused of becoming “woke”, has come under scrutiny for his actions leading up to the violence of January 6.
Outfitted in a bulletproof vest at a rally ahead of the siege, Mr Brooks urged election-denying Trump supporters to start “kicking ass”.
But on Wednesday, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat and head of the Jan. 6 committee, acknowledged that Mr. Brooks had still not received a subpoena. Mr Thompson said bailiffs in Washington were unable to find Mr Brooks because he campaigned in Alabama.
Mr Brooks’ revelation that he may be cooperating to some extent with the January 6 investigation was met with scorn and derision on social media by some of Mr Trump’s supporters, who branded him a defector.
The estrangement between the now lame duck congressman and the former president has been staggering.
In withdrawing his endorsement, Mr Trump had criticized Mr Brooks for remarks made at a rally last summer when Mr Brooks urged Mr Trump supporters to move beyond the 2020 election. Even after the humiliating snub, Mr. Brooks continued to cling to Mr. Trump’s lies about voter fraud.
Mr. Brooks lost the second round by 25 percentage points to Ms. Britt, a lawyer and former chief of staff to Senator Richard Shelby, a Republican who is retiring at the end of the year.
Since then, Mr Brooks has said he will retire from politics, but he is not taking it easy.
“Voters have spoken, but not spoken wisely,” Mr. Brooks said on his election night in Huntsville, Ala.
Deborah Storey contributed reporting from Huntsville.