The ReidOut: Rep. Lieu: Marjorie Taylor Greene should not be in Congress if she still disputes election
REID: It is clear from multiple reports that Congressman Mo Brooks figures prominently in the events of January 6.
Most recently, "Rolling Stone" reported that Brooks was among several Republicans or their staffs who spoke with an organizer and a planner of the so-called Stop the Steal rally. And while NBC News has not independently verified that report, Brooks has also been implicated by pro- Trump Organizer Ali Alexander in the planning of another rally at the Capitol that day.
Now Brooks is doing some damage control. He`s denying that he was personally involved in planning the rallies of January 6, but, in the process, he`s throwing his own congressional staff under the bus.
In an interview with Alabama local news, Brooks said he doesn`t know whether his staff interacted with an organizer and a planner or the January 6 rally and other protests because he had not spoken to them about it. In other words, he`s claiming ignorance of what his own staff was up to while he runs for cover.
But Brooks also added this -- quote -- "Quite frankly, I`d be proud of them if they did help organize a First Amendment rally to protest voter fraud and election theft."
It comes as D.C. police officer Michael Fanone urges the Select Committee to identify any members of Congress or their staff who may have participated.
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MICHAEL FANONE, D.C. METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT: I want to know if there were elected leaders and staff members who may have conspired in the activities of that day.
I think that their constituents and the American people deserve to know if there were individuals who participated in sedition against this country.
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REID: With me now is Congressman Ted Lieu of California. He was an impeachment manager earlier this year.
And, Congressman, starting with Mo Brooks for just a moment, he`s somebody who tried to lie and cover up what happened on January 6. He falsely claimed that there`s growing evidence that Antifa was involved, that it was orchestrated to sort of make Trump people look bad, et cetera. He hasn`t exactly been an honest broker.
What do you make of him throwing his staff under the bus?
REP. TED LIEU (D-CA): Thank you, Joy, for your question.
Let me first say that I`m proud that my staff had nothing to do with the January 6 insurrectionist rally that led to attack on the Capitol.
What I want to know is, did Mo Brooks talked to his staff before the rally, because he wore a bulletproof vest on January 6? What did he know that none of us knew and what caused him to wear that bulletproof vest in advance?
REID: And I wonder if he issued bulletproof vests to his staff? Did he care enough about them to make sure they were protected? Have you heard any news about that?
LIEU: I have not. But since he threw his staff under the bus, I would highly doubt he was trying to protect his staff.
And I also note that we`re about a year from the last presidential election, and Mo Brooks and Republicans still cannot explain who stole the election, nor how it was done. And that`s because the election was not stolen. Trump simply lost.
REID: Well, I mean, the going theory of people like Mo Brooks seems to be that it`s not possible that Donald Trump lost because he -- Joe Biden`s voters, let`s be frank, were people of color, and Donald Trump`s voters were largely white in rural and looked like them.
Here`s Mo Brooks back in 2014 explaining what he thinks is sort of the grand design of Democrats in this country.
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REP. MO BROOKS (R-AL): This is a part of the war on whites that`s being launched by the Democratic Party.
And the way in which they`re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else. It`s a part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things.
LAURA INGRAHAM, FOX NEWS: That`s a little -- that characterization is a little out there, don`t you think?
BROOKS: But that has is, in effect, what they`re doing, though.
INGRAHAM: I just think that phraseology might not be the best choice.
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REID: I mean, when Laura Ingraham thinks you have gone too far on a racial topic, you might have gone too far.
I mean, what do you -- I mean, I wonder if you feel that, even if the January 6 Committee is able to give us all the facts of what happened, the fact that you have members of Congress who believe that the Democratic Party is waging a war on white people, and that, if that`s their fundamental belief, I wonder what you think even a very definitive report out of the January 6 Committee, what impact will it even have on Republicans?
LIEU: Joe Biden assembled a large, diverse coalition across America, and he beat Donald Trump by over seven million votes, and that included white people, Asian people, black people, Hispanic people, all sorts of folks across America.
So, Mo Brooks is simply not telling the truth when he`s trying to use a race war in how he characterizes this.
What we`re looking for is anyone who participated in the January 6 insurrection or helped plan it. And if they did, they should be investigated, and they should have no place in Congress.
REID: We know now that the White House has already said no to executive privilege. There is a contempt vote against Steve Bannon. The fight is on for that.
Do you believe that members of Congress should be subpoenaed, people like Mo Brooks should also be subpoenaed by the commission?
Nobody should be above the law, not members of Congress, not former White House staff. And I note that, in the Nixon tapes case, the whole point of the Supreme Court decision is that you cannot use executive privilege to shield information if there are crimes that are involved.
And it`s clear there were hundreds of crimes that were committed on January 6; 140 police officers were injured.
Because you had officers injured, and these are the same officers who protect the staff and protect members such as yourself, do you believe that people like Marjorie Taylor Greene, Mo Brooks, who are still justifying what happened on January 6, do you believe they should be expelled from Congress?
LIEU: Marjorie Taylor Greene should not be in Congress at all.
If you look at her recent statement, she basically is saying that January 6 was -- quote, unquote -- "just a riot." It was more than that. People died. Police officers were brutalized.