The denials are pouring in now after an article in Rolling Stone alleged that multiple Republican congresspeople were intimately involved in the planning of the January 6th “Stop The Steal” rally that quickly — and perhaps deliberately — devolved into a violent incursion into the very symbol of America’s democracy, the Capitol Building.
Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) was asked about the report that claimed that he — along with Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), and Louie Gohmert (R-TX) — all took part in planning meetings with the event organizers in the days before the rally to help prevent the congressional certification of Joe Biden’s election as president, either directly or through members of their congressional staffs.
Rep. Brooks denies attending any of these planning confabs, saying that he wasn’t involved with the rally at all until the day before the event when the White House requested that he give a speech before Donald Trump addressed the crowd.
Brooks claimed ignorance of whether any of his congressional staff were involved in the seditious planning sessions but went on to say that he would be supportive of any staff member who did attend.
“Quite frankly, I’d be proud of them if they did help organize a First Amendment rally to protest voter fraud and election theft,” Brooks told a reporter from AL.com.
The Alabama congressman’s denials seem disingenuous when one considers the fact that Brooks reportedly wore full body armour while addressing the MAGA crowds at the January 6th rally, claiming that he had been “targeted for assassination.”
Even more incriminating is the statement made by the extremist right-wing activist Ali Alexander who, just days after the insurrection took place, implicated Brooks — along with Congressmen Gosar and Biggs — as one of the originators of the concept of the “Stop The Steal” rally.
Ali Alexander: "I was the person that came up with the January 6 idea with Congressman Gosar, Congressman Mo Brooks and then Congressman Andy Biggs. We four schemed up of putting maximum pressure on Congress while they were voting.”
This is treason.pic.twitter.com/rGzQqUtA75
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) January 12, 2021
The discrepancy between Alexander’s definitive assignment of responsibility to Brooks and his colleagues as being among the main forces behind the rally and Brooks’ denials proves the neccessity of the House Select Committee’s investigation and points to the urgency of forcing Brooks and the other named co-conspirators to testify before the committee under oath.
Not that a hand on the Bible will ensure that a kernel of truth will emanate from the mouths of such traitorous lawmakers.
With Ali Alexander having been subpoenaed to testify in front of the committee next week, it will be interesting to see whether Brooks’ denials will hold up after Alexander spills the beans — if he shows up and repeats his earlier contention under penalty of perjury.
Original reporting by Howard Koplowitz at AL.com.
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