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Brooks seeks immunity in Capitol violence lawsuit

Mo Brooks speaking in Washington (CNN)
Mo Brooks speaking in Washington (CNN)
Published: Aug. 5, 2021 at 5:46 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks is asking a federal judge to grant him immunity from a lawsuit accusing him of helping to incite violence at the U.S. Capitol.

In a Wednesday court filing, Brooks argued his speech was about the upcoming congressional certification of the 2020 presidential election results and thus related to his job as a congressman.

Brooks, now a candidate for U.S. Senate, has come under fire for telling the pro-Trump crowd, “today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass.”