Alabama Senate candidate Mo Brooks’ rescinded Trump endorsement could prove to be a boon for the House Jan. 6 Select Committee, and help bolster the investigation launched into the former President’s involvement in the Jan 6 Capitol Hill riot.
Brooks’ claim that the ex-president had urged the Alabama Republican to help overturn the 2020 presidential election results could add more evidence to the Select Committee’s efforts to prove Trump guilty.
The Alabama Senate candidate claimed in a statement that former President Donald Trump asked him to make unconstitutional moves to “rescind the 2020 elections“, “immediately remove Joe Biden from the White House”, and hold a “special election” for the Presidency. Brooks’ statement came as a response to the ex-President’s decision to withdraw the senate candidate’s endorsement in the 2022 Alabama race.
Trump cited the reason for withdrawing the endorsement as Brooks going “woke”, which raised questions about his loyalty.
Brooks claims in a statement that his turn on Trump could give the Jan. 6 probe momentum
In his statement, Brooks made the claim that could possibly open up new avenues in the Committee’s probe.
“President Trump asked me to rescind the 2020 elections, immediately remove Joe Biden from the White House, immediately put President Trump back in the White House, and hold a new special election for the presidency,” said Brooks.
“As a lawyer, I’ve repeatedly advised President Trump that January 6 was the final election contest verdict and neither the U.S. Constitution nor the U.S. Code permits what President Trump asks. Period.”
Brooks later claimed in comments to news outlets that the ex-president had requested him to make such a move as early as last September.
Brooks’ statement marks the first time that a Trump ally has accused the former president of such allegations.
“There is no way to overturn the election today” -Neil Eggleston
“There is no way to overturn the election today. And a special election — I mean, it’s not in the statutes. It’s not in the Constitution. I don’t know where that would come from,” said Neil Eggleston, a White House counsel under former President Obama and a former investigator on the House select committee probing the Iran-Contra scandal.
“As I think Mr Brooks said he told the president, the matter was over on Jan. 6, when Congress certified the election,” Eggleston said. “In my view, it was over in December when all the states reported their electors and what happened on January 6 was a formality. But at the very latest it ended on Jan. 6.”