On Monday it was reported that Senate candidate Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) was one of three members of Congress to be called to testify before the secretive Jan. 6 commission investigating what they refer to as an “insurrection.” Brooks said that he will not testify before “the Nancy Pelosi Witch Hunt Committee.”

On Jan. 6 a group broke into the U.S. Capitol as members of Congress were meeting to certify the Electoral College results showing that former Vice President Joseph R. Biden (D) had defeated incumbent President Donald J. Trump (R).

“At one time, I would have voluntarily testified before the Nancy Pelosi Witch Hunt Committee provided the testimony was in public, the questioners were Congressmen, and the questions were limited to events related to Jan. 6," said Brooks. "But that time has long passed. I wouldn't help Nancy Pelosi and Liz Cheney cross the street--I'm definitely not going to help them and their partisan Witch Hunt Committee. I've already given numerous sworn affidavits and public statements about Jan. 6. At this moment in time, right before an Alabama U.S. Senate election, if they want to talk, they're gonna have to send me a subpoena, which I will fight.”

Brooks said that waiting 16 months to ask him to testify about his speech on Jan. 6 is a blatant political effort to affect whether a conservative is elected from Alabama to serve in the U.S. Senate or not.

The committee, which has been meeting without public or press allowed, is probing the events of Jan. 6, 2021. Brooks has been called to testify before the secret committee on the week of May 9, just two weeks before Alabama’s Senate Primary.

The Brooks campaign said that between Jan. 6, 2021, and today, Democrats have filed more than 30 ethics complaints and one federal lawsuit against Brooks, which they claim, are all motivated to harass him for fighting voter fraud and election theft. The campaign added that every single ethics complaint and the federal lawsuit have been dismissed by the governing authorities because there is zero evidence Brooks’ actions contributed to Jan. 6.

The Hill is reporting that the House committee is seeking voluntary testimony from Brooks, Rep. Andy Biggs (R), and Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas). Sources close to the investigation have suggested that the three appeared to have some coordination with rioters and efforts to block President Biden’s electoral victory both before and after the attack.

“The Select Committee has learned that several of our colleagues have information relevant to our investigation into the facts, circumstances, and causes of Jan. 6,” Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Mississippi) and Vice-Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) said in a statement. “As we work to provide answers to the American people about that day, we consider it a patriotic duty for all witnesses to cooperate. We urge our colleagues to join the hundreds of individuals who have shared information with the Select Committee to get to the bottom of what happened on Jan. 6.”

Brooks denies having done anything illegal.

Lillie Boddie, Katie Britt, Brooks, Karla Dupriest, Mike Durant, and Jake Schafer are all running in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

Will Boyd, Brandaun Dean, and Lanny Jackson are running for the Democratic nomination.

This is a rare U.S. Senate open seat as incumbent Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) is not seeking a seventh term.

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