Trump loyalist Mo Brooks — spurned by Trump and reeling from a Senate primary loss — now says he'll testify about the Capitol riot if subpoenaed

Rep. Mo Brooks failed in his 2022 Senate bid after losing his Alabama feature race to Katie Britt, a candidate supported by Donald Trump. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images
Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama says he is prepared to testify before the Jan. 6 panel if subpoenaed.
Brooks had previously called off a letter the panel sent in May asking him to testify.
Until recently, he was a staunch supporter of Donald Trump, even asking him to support his Senate bid.
Rep. Mo Brooks, a former ally of former President Donald Trump, said he is willing to testify before the House committee investigating the Capitol riot if subpoenaed.
Speaking to CNN on Wednesday, Brooks said he was open to public statements.
"My basic premise is that it's in the public domain so the public can see it — so there aren't any little things leaking out," Brooks told the outlet. Lawmakers added that he would like to see any documents he might be questioned about and would only speak on questions related to the January 6, 2021 events.
Rep. Bennie Thompson, chair of the Jan. 6 panel, told CNN Brooks has not yet been served with a subpoena. However, Thompson said the subpoena was "repeated."
"So we're in the process of either revising it, or it's already out the door," Thompson told CNN on Wednesday.
Thompson told The Hill that Brooks wasn't served his previous subpoena because he was on the campaign trail, adding that subpoenas are valid for a limited period of time before they must be served again.
To date, Brooks has not cooperated with the January 6 panel, having rejected a May letter from the panel asking him to testify.
In July 2021, Brooks told a reporter that he wore body armor at the pro-Trump rally in the Ellipse just before the Capitol riot. At the time, Brooks said he was sleeping on his office floor wearing a "nice little windbreaker" to cover up body armor after being warned of "risks."
While Brooks was once a staunch Trump ally, lawmakers have had a tumultuous relationship with the former president in recent months.
On Wednesday, Brooks lost his primary runoff for the Alabama Republican after being slammed by Katie Britt, a Trump-backed candidate.
Prior to the defeat, Brooks criticized Trump for "keeping allegiance to no one or anything but himself." After his failed Senate bid, Brooks also said the "bad guys won" and accused Trump of not doing anything unless it "bolster his wallet or his ego."
Brooks' change of heart on Trump came just a week after he publicly appealed to his supporters to try to get Trump to back him again. Trump ultimately endorsed Britt instead.
In March, Trump rescinded his endorsement of Brooks after Brooks suggested the GOP should look forward to 2022 and stop renegotiating the 2020 election. At the time, Trump said Brooks "woke up" and turned his back on him.
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