Alabama Republican Mo Brooks says he was wearing body armor when he gave his speech at the Ellipse on January 6 after he was “warned” about risks on January 4 in the coming days.
As the Select Committee investigating the events of January 6 are weighing the possibility of subpoenaing Brooks and others, Republicans including Brooks keep attempting to paint Speaker Nancy Pelosi as unprepared in the level of preparation for violence that day.
“I was warned on Monday that there might be risks associated with the next few days,” he said. “And as a consequence of those warnings, I did not go to my condo. Instead, I slept on the floor of my office. And when I gave my speech at the Ellipse, I was wearing body armor. That’s why I was wearing that nice little windbreaker, to cover up the body armor.”
Brooks did not say who warned him.
Brooks is being sued by Rep Eric Swalwell for inciting violence in his speech on January 6 by suggesting Trump supporters start “taking down names and kicking ass.”
Brooks has said he only gave the speech because the White House asked him to.