Alabama GOP Rep. Mo Brooks hints at likely Senate run with campaign event featuring former Trump advisor Stephen Miller

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In this image from video, Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., speaks as the House reconvenes to debate the objection to confirm the Electoral College vote from Arizona, after protesters stormed into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021

  • Rep. Mo Brooks is hosting a campaign event that will feature former Trump advisor Stephen Miller.
  • Brooks, of Alabama, is expected to run for Senate to replace retiring Sen. Richard Shelby.
  • Trump is expected to get involved in the 2022 primaries to boost his allies.
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Alabama GOP Rep. Mo Brooks teased a likely Senate run with a campaign event next week that will be attended by Stephen Miller, a top aide to former President Donald Trump.

According to an invitation posted on Brook’s Twitter page, the pair will attend his “campaign rally and announcement” at Bullet & Barrel, an indoor shooting range and training facility in Huntsville, Alabama, on March 22.

Brooks’ campaign did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Brooks, a staunch conservative, was one of the leading lawmakers behind the effort to challenge slates of Electoral College votes from states that voted for President Joe Biden at the joint session of Congress on January 6, the day that pro-Trump rioters sieged the US Capitol.

In the weeks leading up to the electoral vote count, Brooks pushed false assertions of massive voter fraud and election irregularities in six swing states that voted for Biden. He also claimed, without evidence, that “honest America[n] citizens have been victims of the largest voter fraud and election theft scheme in American history.”

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Brooks is now expected to jump into the race to replace Sen. Richard Shelby, who is not running for reelection. Brooks recently told CNN that he is considering running for Senate. Asked about Trump’s support, he said: “I think that’s for him to announce at the appropriate time.”

Shelby, who represented Alabama in the Senate since 1986, developed a reputation as a highly-skilled legislator who routinely secured major federal resources for Alabama from his post on the Appropriations Committee.

He is one of several longtime Republican senators to opt out of running for reelection in 2022, along with Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Roy Blunt of Missouri, and Rob Portman of Ohio.

The Republican primaries to replace all five senators will test the extent of Trump’s continued influence over the GOP. Trump reportedly plans on getting involved in the 2022 primaries both to boost candidates he sees as allies and to undermine Republicans he sees as disloyal to him, including Sen. Lisa Murkowski – who voted to convict him in his most recent impeachment trial.

Another Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, Trump’s former ambassador to Slovenia, Lynda Blanchard, recently hosted a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s club and current residence in Palm Beach, Florida. She did not receive his endorsement.

For his part, Miller was both one of Trump’s speechwriters and a leading architect of the hardline immigration policy under Trump’s administration, including the highly-controversial family separation policy at the US-Mexico border in 2018.

Before joining the Trump administration, Miller was an immigration policy advisor to former Sen. Jeff Sessions, who represented Alabama in the US Senate for decades before serving as Trump’s attorney general. Sessions attempted to run for his old seat in 2020, but lost the Republican primary to now-Sen. Tommy Tuberville.

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Trump sued for ‘incitement to riot’ and terrorism over Capitol attack by House Democrat who served as impeachment manager

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Rioters clash with police using big ladder trying to enter Capitol building through the front doors.

  • Rep. Eric Swalwell filed a lawsuit against Trump and his allies over the Capitol attack.
  • The suit accuses the defendants of incitement to riot, among other charges. 
  • Swalwell alleges that Trump and his allies caused severe emotional distress to Congress.
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Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, a former House impeachment manager, on Friday filed a federal lawsuit against former President Donald Trump and a number of his close allies – Donald Trump Jr., Rudolph W. Giuliani, and GOP Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama – over the Capitol attack. 

The suit accuses Trump and his allies of “incitement to riot,” and alleges that they violated an anti-terrorism act in Washington, DC, among other charges.

“As a direct and foreseeable consequence of the Defendants’ false and incendiary allegations of fraud and theft, and in direct response to the Defendants’ express calls for violence at the rally, a violent mob attacked the US Capitol,” the suit stated. “Many participants in the attack have since revealed that they were acting on what they believed to be former president Trump’s orders in service of their country.”

“The horrific events of January 6 were a direct and foreseeable consequence of the Defendants’ unlawful actions. As such, the Defendants are responsible for the injury and destruction that followed,” the suit went on to say. “Trump directly incited the violence at the Capitol that followed and then watched approvingly as the building was overrun.”

Swalwell accuses the defendants of inflicting severe emotional distress on members of Congress, and states that they aided and abetted violent insurrectionists. The suit outlines how Trump and his allies stoked the riot with false claims about the election being “stolen.”

“The Defendants, in short, convinced the mob that something was occurring that – if actually true – might indeed justify violence to some, and then sent that mob to the Capitol with violence-laced calls for immediate action,” the suit said. 

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Swalwell’s suit is the second major lawsuit filed in a federal court by a House Democrat against Trump and people close to him in relation to the Capitol riot. Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi in February filed a suit that alleged Trump and Giuliani conspired with far-right groups to incite the Capitol insurrection.

Trump was impeached over the Capitol attack in mid-January, but was acquitted in the Senate last month. Swalwell was an impeachment manager in Trump’s second impeachment proceedings over the January 6 riot. After Trump was acquitted, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the former president could still be held accountable by the criminal justice system or face “civil litigation.” Swalwell’s suit cited these remarks from McConnell.

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The former president, Trump Jr., and Giuliani did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Insider.

But Trump spokesperson Jason Miller in response to the suit told the Washington Post, “Eric Swalwell is a low-life with no credibility.” 

Brooks denounced Swalwell and the lawsuit in a statement provided to Insider by his office.

“Socialist Eric Swalwell’s frivolous lawsuit is a meritless ploy by a man who betrayed his county by bedding a Communist Chinese spy while serving on the Intelligence Committee that hears America’s highest classified security secrets,” Brooks said. “I make no apologies whatsoever for fighting for accurate and honest elections. In sum, I wear Communist-sympathizer Swalwell’s scurrilous and malicious lawsuit like a badge of courage.”

“Under no circumstances will Swalwell, or any other Socialist, stop me from fighting for America,” Brooks added. 

Swalwell does not identify as a socialist, nor is he widely considered to be among the more left-leaning Democrats in Congress.  

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