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Former lawmaker says Trump asked him to overturn the 2020 election but so far special counsel hasn't contacted him

Former Rep. Mo Brooks said he is "mildly surprised" that Jack Smith's office hasn't reached out to him.
Image: Former President Donald Trump greets Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., at a rally in Cullman, Ala., in 2021.
Former President Donald Trump greets Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., at a rally in Cullman, Ala., in 2021.Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images file

Former Rep. Mo Brooks is “mildly surprised” that special counsel Jack Smith’s office has not sought a meeting with him to discuss his accusations that former President Donald Trump urged him to help “rescind” the 2020 election and “violate the U.S. Constitution and federal law.” 

Brooks, a Republican who represented an Alabama district in Congress, said in an interview that he would meet with prosecutors if they ask.

“Yeah, if they asked me to, I’d explain what I know about it. Whether it’s relevant or material, I’m not sure,” he said, continuing: “I was shocked [Trump] was so blatant about it — illegal conduct.”

Brooks left Congress this year after he lost a primary contest for one of Alabama’s Senate seats. He had been backed by Trump, who then withdrew his support and backed now-Sen. Katie Britt.

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Brooks previously said Trump had made requests to overturn the 2020 election as late as September 2021 — more than seven months after he left the White House. 

“Donald Trump wanted me to do four things: advocate rescinding the election, advocate physically removing Joe Biden from the White House, advocate reinstating Donald Trump as president of the United States and advocate a new special election for president of the United States — all of which violate the U.S. Constitution and federal law,” Brooks said. “And after I got done explaining that to him, he withdrew his endorsement and endorsed my opponent. So I’m mildly surprised none of these people have made inquiries about the details of this, but it is what it is.”

Brooks first made his allegations in March 2022 after Trump dropped his endorsement. Brooks contends that his rejection of Trump’s “illegal” requests led him to reverse his support. 

Brooks had been a staunch ally of Trump’s. On Jan. 6, 2021, Brooks spoke at the rally near the White House before Trump spoke, notably remarking from the stage that it was time for “American patriots” to “start taking down names and kicking ass.” 

Trump confirmed parts of Brooks’ accusations in a post to his Truth Social account in August, writing in part: “REMEDY: Declare the rightful winner or, and this would be the minimal solution, declare the 2020 Election irreparably compromised and have a new Election, immediately!”