DOJ ruling represents legal setback for Rep. Mo Brooks in lawsuit over Jan. 6 speech

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Trump ally Brooks won’t get US defense in suit over riot

The Detroit News 27 July, 2021 - 10:02pm

The Justice Department declined to intervene in a filing Tuesday, saying Brooks wasn’t acting in his official capacity as a lawmaker.

“The record indicates that Brooks’s 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,” the department said in a 24-page filing.

Representative Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, sued Trump separately along with several other members of Congress. Two police officers who were injured during the riot also sued the former president. They all claim Trump’s speech at the rally that preceded the storming of the Capitol fell outside his presidential duties.

Trump ally Brooks won’t get US defense in suit over riot

AL.com 27 July, 2021 - 10:02pm

The Justice Department declined to intervene in a filing Tuesday, saying Brooks wasn’t acting in his official capacity as a lawmaker.

“The record indicates that Brooks’s 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,” the department said in a 24-page filing.

Representative Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, sued Trump separately along with several other members of Congress. Two police officers who were injured during the riot also sued the former president. They all claim Trump’s speech at the rally that preceded the storming of the Capitol fell outside his presidential duties.

DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit

The Hill 27 July, 2021 - 08:03pm

"The record indicates that Brooks’s 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," the filing reads.

Brooks has argued that his conduct at the center of the case falls squarely within his scope of official employment and is thus legally protected from such civil suits.

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