ALABAMA (WHNT) — U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks has agreed to testify before the Jan. 6 select committee if subpoenaed, and the committee agrees to abide by a list of conditions set by Brooks.
In a statement released Thursday, Brooks said he was prepared to testify about the January 6 events if the select committee met certain requests, including
- the questions asked must retain the scope of January 6,
- the documents must be disclosed to Brooks before the testimony,
- the testimony must be public and
- questions should be asked by members of Congress serving on the select committee.
On January 6, 2021, Brooks spoke at a rally hosted by then-President Donald Trump in Washington, DC, a few blocks from the Capitol. Brooks and Trump maintained a relationship through 2021 and early 2022.
Trump initially endorsed Brooks’ candidacy for the US Senate, but revoked his support in March. During the election campaign, Brooks admitted that he and Trump exchanged phone calls in which Trump asked Brooks to continue supporting an annulment of the 2020 election results.
“As a lawyer, I repeatedly informed President Trump that January 6 was the final verdict of the electoral contest and that neither the Constitution of the United States nor the code of the United States permitted what the President Trump had asked,” Brooks said.
The select committee investigating the January 6 uprising issued a subpoena for Brooks to testify on May 12. According to the subpoena, the committee had previously requested “willing cooperation” from Brooks.
Brooks refused to appear voluntarily and he maintained that he never received the subpoena.
In a statement Thursday, Brooks said he had previously given affidavits regarding his involvement in the January 6 events, including statements he had made in the Eric Swalwell trial.
“I understand that the Committee wishes to depose me regarding the events of January 6th and I have heard that the Committee has “issued” a subpoena for my appearance. I have been countless times in public places in Alabama, in my Congressional office, on the House floor, and many places in between, but no subpoenas from the Committee have been served. . It’s confusing.
Quite frankly, I don’t believe I have any knowledge of the events of January 6 that are not already known or that add to what the Committee already knows. As the Committee is aware, I have already given multiple and lengthy affidavits in the trial of Eric Swalwell in Federal Court and have given multiple and lengthy written and oral statements elsewhere. Presumably, the Committee has already obtained and reviewed these statements.
I will voluntarily appear before the Committee to testify under oath provided the five requirements mentioned above are met. However, if the Committee rejects these basic requirements, I hereby incorporate by reference all objections of every member of Congress who has objected to and challenged the Committee’s subpoenas and, by this letter, I hereby affirms these objections to this Committee if this Committee properly served a subpoena on me.”
Rep. American Mo Brooks, (R) Alabama
During the Jan. 6 hearings on Thursday, the committee revealed that Brooks had had email correspondence with the White House where he recommended that President Trump grant pardons to all congressmen and senators who voted for. reject ballot submissions from the Arizona and Pennsylvania electoral colleges.
The committee said the email was sent on January 11. Brooks had previously denied asking for a pardon in connection with the events of January 6 or the certification of the 2020 general election.
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