Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) admitted to a reporter in an interview this week that he actually wore body armor to the January 6th rally that directly preceded the Capitol riots.
Norm Eisen, a legal expert who served as co-counsel for the House Judiciary Committee during the first impeachment of former President Donald Trump, told CNN's Anderson Cooper that Brooks may come to regret making this admission out loud.
"It's more evidence that he knew the dangers," Eisen said, referring to the dangers of the mob of angry Trump fans who attended the rally. "He swore an oath to defend and protect the United States. Instead what he did was he incited an insurrection against his own government. He used those fighting words -- 'Today's the day American patriots are going to take names and kick ass.' It's like he pulled the pin on the grenade and threw that grenade."
This could be trouble for Brooks, who is currently facing a civil lawsuit filed by Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) over his role in inciting the rioters who attacked the Capitol.
"[It's] more evidence of his bad intent," Eisen explained.
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'Absolutely obsessed' Trump hounded Bill Barr's replacement 'nearly every day' over voter fraud conspiracy theories
On Wednesday, The Washington Post reported that after Attorney General William Barr left his post, former President Donald Trump called up his acting replacement, Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, "almost every day" to demand that he investigate his conspiracy theories that the election was in some way rigged against him or stolen.
"The personal pressure campaign, which has not been previously reported, involved repeated phone calls to acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen in which Trump raised various allegations he had heard about and asked what the Justice Department was doing about the issue," reported Josh Dawsey and Devlin Barrett. "Rosen told few people about the phone calls, even in his inner circle. But there are notes of some of the calls that were written by a top aide to Rosen, Richard Donoghue."
The notes on the calls could soon become very relevant to the House Select Committee on the January 6th Capitol riots.
"Rosen and Donoghue could be questioned about the conversations by congressional committees examining Trump's actions in the days after the election," continued the report. "The Justice Department recently notified Rosen, Donoghue and others who were serving there during the end of Trump's presidency that the agency would not seek to invoke executive privilege if they are asked about their contacts with the president during that period."
One of the Post's sources said that Trump was "absolutely obsessed" with overturning the election and wouldn't tolerate Rosen's attempts to change the subject away from election matters.
He has since tried to argue that he was an institutional check against Trump's efforts to do so, although experts have noted he in fact helped Trump advance his conspiracy theories in the weeks leading up to his departure.
GOP's Adam Kinzinger blasts his party for attacking Liz Cheney more than N-word-spewing Capitol rioters
On CNN Wednesday, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), one of the only Republicans to serve on the House Select Committee on the January 6th Capitol riot, took a shot at members of his party who are more concerned with attacking Republican lawmakers on the committee than the actual people who stormed the Capitol.
"One of the police officers — and they were all heroic — Harry Dunn, offered an analogy during his testimony, sworn testimony before your committee, that a hitman, he says, goes to jail for killing someone, but so does the person who hired the hitman," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "Is that now your mission, finding out who hired the so-called hitman?"
"Yes," said Kinzinger. "Because the mission is to find out what led to what happened on January 6th. Because the one thing we know is it wasn't a spontaneous, you know — we talk about the security posture and that's important to get to the bottom of, too, but an inadequate security posture is not like a vortex sucking protesters too far into the Capitol. That is an issue we need to get to the bottom of, but that's not what caused January 6. Yeah, there is a lot of questions. But I think we're going to get to the bottom of this."
"By the way, Officer Dunn's testimony about having racial slurs yelled at him, saying that was the first time in a uniform, broke my heart," added Kinzinger. "But I tell you, we should be spending, as a party, way more time denouncing those people that may claim to be Republicans than we should denouncing, I don't know, Liz Cheney, me and others that want to get to the truth."
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