“Someone may need to tell Rep. Mo Brooks to stop talking,” says an article published by The Daily Beast after the Alabama Republican opened the door to potentially being expelled from Congress by inadvertently providing incriminating evidence as he attempted to defend himself in court against accusations that he helped incite the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
In federal court on Monday, Brooks continued to argue that his incendiary speech on Jan. 6 was part of his official duties as a congressman.
“If that is the case, Brooks may have opened himself up to potential removal from office,” The Daily Beast noted, pointing out that “Brooks has handed prosecutors all the ammunition they’d need to charge him with misusing congressional resources.”
In his shaky attempt to prove that his Jan. 6 speech was part of his official duties, Brooks has introduced evidence that his staff spent taxpayer time preparing and helping him with his Jan. 6 speech. So now, if Brooks falls back and admits his speech was a form of campaigning—as prosecutors are arguing—then he may have a whole new set of legal problems.
As noted by the report, “Brooks has created a classic ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’ legal conundrum.”