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DOJ won't defend Brooks in lawsuit over Capitol violence

Posted On: Oct 24, 2021   |   Posted By: My Sanantonio

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -
The U.S. Department of Justice won't help defend U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama against a civil lawsuit that claims he helped to incite the Jan. 6 violence at the Capitol.
In a court filing Tuesday, the Justice Department urged a judge to deny the congressman's request for immunity as a federal employee over his remarks at a pro-Donald Trump rally that occurred before the rioting at the U.S. Capitol.
Brooks had argued that he was acting within the scope of his office when he spoke at a rally Jan. 6 and thus was due the legal protections afforded federal employees and members of Congress who are facing civil lawsuits over their jobs.
The Justice Department said the event was campaign-related and it would not certify that Brooks was acting in his official capacity.
“The record indicates that Brooks' appearance at the January 6 rally was campaign activity, and it is no part of the business of the United States to pick sides among candidates in federal elections,” Justice Department...

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