The January 6 committee exists today to supposedly get to the bottom of the events that took place at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Yet, since its inception, the committee has been riddled with controversy, facing intense amounts of backlash. It’s largely viewed as biased, due to GOP member nominees from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy that were rejected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Many Americans view the January 6 committee as more invested in taking down former President Trump than actually getting to the bottom of what happened at the Capitol over one year ago.
Now, as the committee calls on testimony from various (and former) officials, it’s running into some issues.
A Clear Message From One Republican
The January 6 committee has been clear that it requires testimony from Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL). However, rather than simply falling in line with what this body wants, the Republican congressman is laying out some demands and conditions of his own.
In a letter to the committee, Brooks made it clear he’s not thrilled about being subpoenaed and doesn’t think committee officials have been fair. The latter owes to the January 6 committee declining to permit cross-examinations of witnesses.
Today, I sent a letter to members of the January 6th Committee explaining my requirements in order to voluntarily submit to a Committee deposition. Read my requirements in the full letter below. pic.twitter.com/vL0qgOuarz
— Mo Brooks (@RepMoBrooks) June 23, 2022
Later, the Alabama Republican said in order for him to testify, his remarks have to be made public for all to see. On top of this, Brooks explained the questions have to be relevant to the events at the Capitol on January 6, without any deviations.
Further stipulations relayed to the committee in the letter include zero questions from non-congressional leaders, one week of time for Brooks to prepare for his testimony, and allotted options for the date of deposition.
The congressman’s letter ends by making it clear he has no intention of giving testimony if the January 6 committee doesn’t agree to his demands.
Accusations From the January 6 Committee
At this time, there is a real possibility that Brooks will not comply with the subpoena from the select committee. Thus far, there are no signs the body has any plans to meet the list of demands laid out by the Alabama Republican.
Days after the Capitol attack and the final attempt to overturn the election, Members of Congress requested pardons.
Five days after the attack on the Capitol, Representative Mo Brooks requested pardons for himself, Representative Gaetz, and others. pic.twitter.com/f0xLm5SKtT
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) June 23, 2022
However, the January 6 committee has since claimed that Brooks and other Republicans in Trump’s orbit asked him for pardons after the events at the Capitol.
As the committee continues what it’s been doing, there’s a high likelihood of the body bringing even more accusations against prominent GOP members.