The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack is seeking voluntary testimony from three additional GOP House members: Reps. Mo Brooks (Ala.), Andy Biggs (Ariz.) and Ronny Jackson (Tx.).
The committee’s letter to Brooks notes that Trump asked him to help keep him in office even after Jan. 6.
After losing Trump’s endorsed in the Alabama GOP primary Senate race in March, Brooks said in a statement that Trump was asking him to overturn the results of the election after Congress certified the results, even though that is impossible.
“President Trump asked me to rescind the 2020 elections, immediately remove Joe Biden from the White House, immediately put President Trump back in the White House, and hold a new special election for the presidency,” Brooks said in the statement. “As a lawyer, I’ve repeatedly advised President Trump that January 6 was the final election contest verdict and neither the U.S. Constitution nor the U.S. Code permit(s) what President Trump asks. Period.”
The committee would also like to speak to Biggs about his involvement in planning for Jan. 6 with the White House, rally organizers and with state legislators. The Jan. 6 committee is also interested in knowing about discussions he had to secure presidential pardons in connection with efforts to overturn the 2020 election, according to the Hill.
Biggs reportedly asked Trump to preemptively pardon him for his roles in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, CNN reports.
Both Brooks and Biggs are linked to ‘Stop the Steal’ rally organizer Ali Alexander, who said he worked with them and GOP Rep. Paul Gosar to help pressure lawmakers to overturn the results of the election in Congress on Jan. 6.
“We four schemed up to put maximum pressure on Congress while they were voting,” Alexander said in the video.
Biggs and Brooks have denied any substantive relationship with Alexander.
The committee wants to ask Jackson about exchanges he had with members of the far-right militia group, the Oath Keepers, about protecting him on Jan. 6.
Jackson claimed he’d never heard of the Oath Keepers or their leader Stewart Rhodes before Jan. 6, 2021. Rhodes was indicted for seditious conspiracy for his role in the attack.
“The Select Committee has learned that several of our colleagues have information relevant to our investigation into the facts, circumstances, and causes of January 6th. As we work to provide answers to the American people about that day, we consider it a patriotic duty for all witnesses to cooperate,” Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said in a joint statement. “We urge our colleagues to join the hundreds of individuals who have shared information with the Select Committee to get to the bottom of what happened on Jan. 6.”
The committee has asked other current GOP House lawmakers–Kevin McCarthy, Jim Jordan and Scott Perry– to voluntarily sit for an interview. They have all refused to do so.