The Jan. 6 panel had cooled focus on GOP lawmakers. Then Brooks happened.


Brooks’ admission, which came hours after Trump unendorsed his flagging Senate candidacy, put renewed pressure on House investigators to obtain testimony from recalcitrant Republican colleagues. And then Brooks all but dared the committee to call him, hinting he might comply, when reporters asked him Tuesday if he would testify.

“I will take that under advisement if they ever contact me,” he said.

Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said they hadn’t “engaged” Brooks yet, but “he’s one of the folks that we have been looking at.”

Other rank-and-file Democrats were quick to say Brooks’ admission necessitates his public testimony.

“Congressman Mo Brooks’ admission that Donald Trump asked him to attempt the illegal overthrow of the U.S. government is enormously important,” said Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) “We need dates and details of these conversations, and…

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