Rep.   Mo Brooks  


FIVE BALL 🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴 SCUMBAG —  He Is A Member In Good Standing of Trumpets Douchbag Club, He Is So Stupid We Do Not Know How He Remembers To Breathe And How He Forgot How Dangerous It Got On January 6Th  — If He Breathed Like He Tells His Story, He’d Be Dead By Now, He’s Just Another Gop Liar And Scumbag — 

This Republican Senator Keeps Changing His Story On The Fake Electors Scheme
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 16: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) speaks during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing to discuss election security and the 2020 election process on December 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Donald Trump continues to push baseless claims of voter fraud during the presidential election, which Chris Krebs called the most secure in American history. (Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images)

(CNN) — Ron Johnson can't seem to get his story straight.

Last week, in a hearing of the 1/6 committee, we learned that Johnson's chief of staff had attempted to coordinate the hand-off of a slate of fake electors from Michigan and Wisconsin to Vice President Mike Pence. (Pence's head of legislative affairs put the kibosh on the move before it ever happened.)

Asked about his involvement, Johnson, a Republican senator from Wisconsin, said that he knew nothing about it. Because it's important, here's the full exchange on Tuesday afternoon between Johnson, CNN's Manu Raju and other reporters:

Johnson: "These things were delivered to our office -- I didn't know they were coming. I had no hand in it. My staff -- my chief of staff did the right thing, he called up the vice president. He didn't want it, we didn't send it to him. End of story."

Raju: "Why did you just deliver that to the vice president without vetting it or asking more questions about it?"
Johnson: "I didn't deliver it. We called them up. We called them up. He didn't want it. We didn't deliver it. End of story."

Raju: "But why did you even offer it without vetting it?"
Johnson: "We got handed an envelope that was supposed to go to the vice president, I didn't know. So we called, we called up the vice president, he didn't want it. We didn't deliver it. It's a non-story -- guys this is such a non-story."

Reporter: "Was that the first you had heard of it when you received the envelope?"
Johnson: "Yeah."

Reporter: "And who, do you remember who gave it to you?"
Johnson: "No, it was a staff-to-staff deal. I mean, it apparently had Michigan and Wisconsin. I had no hand in any of it. Again, this, this, this lasted a couple minutes in our office. Then the episode was over. And this -- guys it's a total non-story."

Raju: "Are you gonna ask your aides about who this person was? Have you asked--"
Johnson: "We didn't know -- literally don't -- it was a staff to staff -- somebody from the House, some staff intern, you know, said we got to, the vice president needs this or whatever. I wasn't involved. I don't know what they said. But, but, but somebody from the House delivered to a staff member in my office, my chief of staff called the vice president, 'hey, we got this.' And the vice president said 'don't deliver it,' and we didn't."

Raju: "Are you curious about the identity of this person? Do you want to ask about it?"
Johnson: "No. No, because there's no conspiracy here. This is a complete non-story, guys. Complete non-story."

NEW VERSION: —  So, according to Johnson, a "staff intern" from the House somehow got a hold of a fake slates of electors from two swing states and was trying to pass them to the vice president of the United States. Johnson, in this retelling, was wholly uninvolved.  Except, well, Johnson's story started to change as the week went on.

By Thursday, Johnson said that the fake elector slates had come from the office of Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly. And, Johnson also acknowledged -- in an interview with a local radio station -- that he had coordinated, via text message, with his chief of staff and Dane Count attorney Jim Troupis to make sure Pence got the Wisconsin fake elector slate.

But, wait, there's more. Kelly's office told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that the congressman "has not spoken to Sen. Johnson for the better part of a decade, and he has no knowledge of the claims Mr. Johnson is making related to the 2020 election."

There's a Grand Canyon-sized gap between Johnson's initial explanation (a House staff intern sent something to his office and his chief of staff tried to pass it along to Pence) and his second story (the fake slate came from Kelly's office and that he was on an email chain coordinating a way to get the documents in front of Pence).

So, which is it? Did Johnson know nothing about the fake electors that his office attempted to get to Pence? Or was Johnson part of a coordinated attempt to get those elector slates in front of the vice president?

Either way, it's certainly not a "complete non story.” --  Congressman Mo Brooks —  A true Trumpet Dickhead slated to be non-relented soon.  My friends cat has a higher  IQ. And sh*t’s in a litter box.  Mo is not even toilet trained… just a mouth and it’s a stupid one…  

Republican Rep. Mo Brooks pushed back Thursday on Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell's account of having to hire a private investigator to locate Brooks for a lawsuit seeking to hold him accountable for the January 6 Capitol insurrection. The Alabama Republican argued that he had not changed his behavior and had been publicly accessible.

Brooks said in a statement that he's not avoiding the lawsuit and suggested the California Democrat could have handed him the suit during a House vote or that he could have been found at public appearances. He also criticized Swalwell's unsuccessful request to use federal marshals to serve the lawsuit, which a judge said this week wouldn't be allowed because of separation of powers concerns.

"I am avoiding no one. I have altered my conduct not one iota since Swalwell's politically motivated, meritless lawsuit was filed," Brooks said through a spokesman on Thursday.

Serving a congressman on the House floor could be difficult because Swalwell himself isn't able to do it, under federal rules, and it's possible the sergeant at arms would have to give permission for a process server. And the halls of Congress, as Swalwell's filing claimed Wednesday, aren't as accessible because of security. 

Personally finding Brooks is one way to get him served, but it is not the only way. It is also possible for Brooks to have his staff or his lawyer help him accept the lawsuit, but they haven't done that. 

Brooks' response comes after Swalwell's attorneys asked in a court filing Wednesday for additional time to try to get the lawsuit to Brooks. 

After Swalwell sued in March, his attorneys tried to reach the Alabama Republican through calls to the congressman's office and by sending a letter to formally provide him notice he had been sued, a necessary step in this type of court proceeding.

When they couldn't get the lawsuit to Brooks, the Swalwell legal team hired a private investigator to find him -- only to be hampered in April and May partly by the visitor lockdowns around the US Capitol complex, which were put in place for Congress' protection after the siege, according to their filing Wednesday. Following the Swalwell team's calls to Brooks' staff members, they emailed, too, and did not receive a response.

"Plaintiff had to engage the services of a private investigator to attempt to serve Brooks personally -- a difficult feat under normal circumstances that has been complicated further in the wake of the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol that Defendants incited," Swalwell's court filing continued. "Plaintiff's investigator has spent many hours over many days in April and May at locations in multiple jurisdictions attempting to locate and serve Brooks, to no avail."

Brooks' co-defendants, including ex-President Donald Trump, had lawyers who accepted the lawsuit for each of them.   Trump has already argued in court that he can't be liable for the insurrection. 

In the suit, Swalwell alleges that Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr., Trump's former lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Brooks broke Washington, DC, laws, including an anti-terrorism act, by inciting the riot, and that they aided and abetted violent rioters and inflicted emotional distress on members of Congress.

Swalwell claims that the four men prompted the attack on Congress with their repeated public assertions of voter fraud, their encouragement that supporters go to Washington on January 6, and in their speeches that day. Each man had told the crowd that Joe Biden's electoral certification in Congress could be blocked, and that Trump's supporters should fight, the lawsuit alleges.

Brooks spoke at the pro-Trump rally on January 6, saying, "Today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass." He then asked the rally attendees if they were willing to fight.

Brooks has denied responsibility for the riot, calling Swalwell's lawsuit a "meritless ploy" and telling a radio show host the day after the attack that he "absolutely" had no regrets. He later said in a statement, "No one at the rally interpreted my remarks to be anything other than what they were: A pep talk after the derriere-kicking conservatives suffered in the dismal 2020 elections."

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