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Report: Mo Brooks worked with planners of Jan. 6 rallies

A report in Rolling Stone, quoting two potential witnesses, names Brooks and a handful of Republican congressmen.

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama., speaks Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, at a rally in support of President Donald Trump called the "Save America Rally." (AP PHOTO/JACQUELYN MARTIN)

Potential witnesses in the House committee’s investigation of the Jan. 6 Capitol attacks named Rep. Mo Brooks as one of a handful of sitting congressmen who worked with the organizers of the pro-Trump rallies that led to the violent attacks, according to a report in Rolling Stone published Sunday evening. 

Two sources who were involved in the planning of the rallies, and who have been in communication with House investigators, said they regularly communicated with Brooks, Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Paul Gosar, Lauren Boebert, Madison Cawthorne, Andy Biggs and Louie Gohmert. The sources also said they were regularly in contact with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. 

The sources described meeting with the members of Congress, or their staffs, on “dozens” of occasions and were in regular contact with some congressmen in the days leading up to the rallies. In addition to the Capitol rallies on Jan. 6, they also assisted in planning rallies in several states across the country. 

APR has previously reported extensively about Brooks’ involvement in planning the pro-Trump rallies that occurred on Jan. 6. He was named early on by event organizer Ali Alexander as one of the key planners. 

Brooks also spoke at the rally at the White House Ellipse on Jan. 6, while reportedly wearing body armor, and told the crowd it was time to “start taking down names and kicking ass.” He also said that “our ancestors sacrificed blood, their sweat, their tears, their fortunes, and sometimes their lives,” and asked the crowd if they were ready to do the same.

Josh Moon is an investigative reporter and featured columnist at the Alabama Political Reporter with years of political reporting experience in Alabama. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.

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