On CNN Thursday, former federal prosecutor Elliot Williams broke down the claim by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) that he had had credible threats of violence ahead of January 6th — and how it puts him in a bind when the House committee investigating the attack demands his testimony.
"This reminds me of Louie Gohmert years ago, he talked about a friend of his at the FBI or a former agent or someone if law enforcement who told him about when pregnant women coming to have babies in America, then they would go back and they would come back as terrorists and attack America," said anchor Anderson Cooper.
Williams explained the significance of Brooks' admission and said it would be relevant to the House Select Committee's investigation.
"This is incredibly relevant information," added Williams. "If he, as many Republicans in Congress were making the argument, this is about Capitol safety, if are you saying that you were threatened by BLM protesters, that's relevant to the inquiry that's happening right here. Come in, say it under oath voluntarily to Congress. Everyone thinks the Speaker would seek a subpoena and the Justice Department would enforce one. She has a hammer over his head, if he chooses to go down that road, but it'll take a long time once they get to court."
Elliot Williams says Nancy Pelosi "has a hammer" over Mo Brooks' head www.youtube.com
Yet another supporter of former President Donald Trump has been charged for their role in the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Glenn Allen Brooks of Huntington Beach, California has been charged with disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, along with disorderly conduct and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.
In the criminal complaint against Brooks, the FBI explained how he was identified.
"On or about January 30, 2021, the FBI received an electronic tip from Witness #1, who stated that a member of his/her church prayer text group, Glenn Brooks, boasted of his active participation in the January 6, 2021, events at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Witness #1 also stated that Brooks sent photos of his attendance at the Capitol to the church text group that included other people at the riots/protest and a selfie photo of himself inside the Capitol," an FBI special agent attested.
During a follow up interview, the witness provided Brooks' address, phone number and email address. The special agent says the Bureau corroborated the information the witness provided.
The witness also provide a photo of Brooks and said a selfie photo taken inside the Capitol also depicted Brooks.
Criminal complaint against Glenn Allen Brooks.DOJ Criminal Complaint.
On CNN Thursday, Sgt. Aquilino Gonell, one of the Capitol officers who was attacked by pro-Trump insurrectionists on January 6, tore into Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham for mocking the danger he faced.
"You have also been a target for some from right wing media," said anchor Erin Burnett. "I will play this so everyone can hear."
She played a clip of Ingraham giving Gonell an "award" for his "performance" at this week's Capitol riot committee hearings, while scorning the idea that he was threatened by rioters armed with pens and other objects.
"What is your reaction to someone who would move to belittle what you did?" Burnett asked.
"This is the first time I see that comment coming from this particular person," said Gonell. "To watch her trash, because that's what it is, a commentator that would trash somebody who, in my opinion, wasn't there. So unless you were there in that crowd, being attacked by the rioters, you would not know, and you will never know, you never — my devotion for the country is bigger than the vitriol that she's puking out... that person never served the country, will never raise her hand like I did so many times."
Aquilino Gonell on Laura Ingraham www.youtube.com
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