House Democrats introduced a resolution on Monday that would censure Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) for his role in the leadup to Wednesday’s storming of the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob.
Via The Hill:
The resolution from Democratic Reps. Tom Malinowski (N.J.) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) states that Brooks’s address before a rally of President Trump‘s supporters in front of the White House “encouraged and incited violence against his fellow Members of Congress, as part of an assault on the United States Capitol.”
During his speech before the rally last Wednesday — hours before the rioters marched from the White House to the Capitol — Brooks said that “today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass.”
“Because today, Republican senators and congressmen have a simple choice. Today, Republican senators and congressmen will either vote to turn America into a godless, amoral, dictatorial, oppressed and socialist nation on the decline or they will join us or they will fight and vote against voter fraud and election theft and vote for keeping America great,” Brooks said.
The Hill noted that Brooks was the first GOP member of Congress to say he would challenge the Electoral College results when the body convened on Jan. 6 to certify Joe Biden’s win.
Malinowski said in a statement on Monday that Brooks “encouraged the mob” that endangered the lives of lawmakers, Vice President Pence, police officers, staff and others in the Capitol, while Wasserman Schultz said that Brooks helped to “fuel an insurrection against the body he serves in.”
Brooks has been unapologetic about his role on Wednesday but condemned the violence that resulted.
“It never occurred to me anyone would engage in violence as a result of my speech or any others. I wanted people to go to protests. I saw what happened was horrible for the American public,” Brooks told a local Alabama TV outlet.
It’s not yet clear if Democrats would take up the censure resolution or any other measure to sanction Republicans involved in challenging the election results. Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) has also filed a resolution to investigate and potentially remove Republicans from office who supported contesting battleground states’ electors.
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