Alabama incumbent Republican House Rep. Mo Brooks officially lost his re-election bid to his GOP opponent Katie Britt in the state’s primary election this week and he’s apparently big mad about it. So mad, in fact, that it seems he’s now willing to throw ex-President Donald Trump, who humiliated and betrayed him, to the January 6th House Select Committee wolves.
While Brooks didn’t specifically state that his change of heart with regard to testifying before the panel was directly related to his election loss and his beef with Trump, it’s certainly not a far-fetched assumption to make at this point.
As we’re all well aware by now, Brooks went through a pretty embarrassing public feud with the former president after Donald Trump publicly rescinded his endorsement of Brooks, after the GOP House Rep. publicly suggested that the Republican party needed to “move on” from the 2020 election.
Now, hot on the heels of his brutal loss, Brooks tells CNN that he’s ready to talk.
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“My basic requirement is it be in public so the public can see it — so they don’t get bits and pieces dribbled out,” Brooks told the outlet. He went on to note that he would want access to any of the documents he may be questioned about and made clear that he would only speak on issues directly related to the events that took place on January 6th, 2021.
Committee Chair Bennie Thompson has said that Brooks has not yet been served with a subpoena from the January 6th House Select Committee. Thompson confirmed to CNN that the panel is “in the process of either redoing it or it’s out the door already.” Thompson also spoke with The Hill and revealed that the only reason Brooks has not yet been served with a subpoena from the panel is that they “couldn’t find him,” likely because Brooks was all over the place on the campaign trail
Brooks, who was first elected to Congress in 2011, has been a staunch supporter of Donald Trump and even served as one of the very first House Republicans to openly challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election. According to Politico, Brooks even took part in a slate of meetings with Trump’s inner circle in December of 2020, where they strategized on ways to overturn the election back into Trump’s favor. Brooks also served as a key speaker at Donald Trump’s infamous “Stop the Steal” rally outside the Capitol.
It’s only now, following his brutal primary loss, that Brooks seems to be changing his tune.
Back as recently as last month, the GOP lawmaker told Fox News of the House Committee’s investigation, “I don’t want this witch hunt committee and [Speaker] Nancy Pelosi [D-Calif.] trying to interfere with a Republican primary election for the United States Senate in Alabama.”
It’s pretty easy to determine the motive behind his newfound madness this week.