- “Instigating or conspiring a violent attack on the Congress of the United States is not within the scope of the appointment of a representative…”
- Brooks was targeted because he spoke at a Trump rally near the White House earlier on January 6.
- The dossier of justice came hours after heartbreaking testimony from four law enforcement officers that day.
The Justice Department concluded late Tuesday that Rep. Moe Brooks, a Republican, was not guaranteed to be excluded from a Capitol riot suit alleging that Congressman, former President Donald Trump, Trump’s eldest son Donald Trump Jr. and personal attorney Rudy Giuliani helped incite the deadly attack.
filing justice in العدل Filed by Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., found that Brooks failed to prove that he was acting “within the scope of his office” when he participated in a rally prior to the siege of the Capitol.
The Department of Justice concluded that “the record indicates that Brooks’ appearance at the January 6 rally was an electoral activity, and it is not the business of the United States to choose one side among the candidates in the federal election.”
“Members of Congress are subject to a set of constraints which strictly distinguish between their official functions, on the one hand, and those of campaigning, on the other. The conduct in question here, therefore, is not of the kind that a congressman holds office to perform, or to a greater extent within the authorized limits of time and place. them, as required by the governing law.”
Swalwell filed a civil suit Against Trump, his sons Giuliani and Brooks of the same name in March, arguing that they are responsible for a “campaign of lies and inflammatory rhetoric that led to the impeachment of the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.”
Brooks was targeted because he spoke at a Trump rally near the White House earlier that day. The congressman was quoted in the lawsuit as urging the crowd that it was time to start “kicking the ass” and asking if the participants were “willing to do what it takes to fight for America?”
In a separate filing Tuesday, Swalwell said Brooks’ January 6 appearance was “a furtherance of a scheme to disrupt the electoral vote certification” of President Joe Biden.
The filing of justice comes hours after the testimony of a wrench From four law enforcement officers During the opening session of the House Committee on Capitol Riots’ scrutiny.
The officers, who described brutal fistfights with rioters in which they were beaten and verbally abused, specifically called on lawmakers to identify who instigated the attacks.
“It was like something out of a medieval battle,” said Aquilino Gunnell, a Capitol Police sergeant who was doused in corrosive chemicals and hit by a pole, with the American flag still hanging. “We fought hand in hand, inch by inch, to prevent the invasion of the Capitol by a violent mob bent on sabotaging our democratic process.”
Contributing: Bart Janssen