U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks said Monday he did not help plan a Jan. 6 rally that preceded an attack on the U.S. Capitol that involved the deaths of at least five people and injuries to hundreds more.

Responding to a report in Rolling Stone that named Brooks or his top staffers as having a role in organizing the rally, the Huntsville Republican said he did not know that his staffers had been involved.

"If you're talking about someone participating in meetings, setting the agenda, raising the money, I don't know of anything that suggests my staff as doing that stuff," the congressman said in a phone interview Monday.

The congressman pushed false charges of voter fraud after President Joe Biden's win in November. He has continued to do so, despite no evidence for his claims.

Brooks said he only spoke at the Jan. 6 rally because the White House asked him to do so the day before. The congressman said he only agreed on the condition that he got the time he felt he needed and an early speaking slot, saying he was focusing on speeches he intended for the House chamber that day, which was voting to certify the election.

"I was really busy," Brooks said. "I was working on speeches for the House floor debates."

The congressman said he had no involvement in fundraising for the rally, recruiting speakers or handling logistics.

Rolling Stone, quoting two anonymous sources, reported Sunday that Brooks was among a group of House members, including U.S. Reps. Paul Gosar, R-Arizona; Lauren Boebert, R-Colorado; Madison Cawthorn, R-North Carolina; Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, and Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, who either planned or had top staff members plan the Jan. 6 Ellipse Rally, which preceded the attack on the Capitol.

The report said organizers wanted to coordinate the rally with Trump allies making arguments on the floor about the election.

"It was in a variety of calls, some with Gosar and Gosar's team, some with Marjorie Taylor Greene and her team ... Mo Brooks," the report quotes an organizer saying. It quotes another person saying "the Capitol was never in play."

The report did not say what level of involvement Brooks or his staffers may have had in organizing the rally. Brooks directed questions about staff involvement to a spokesman, Clay Mills; an email was sent to Mills on Monday.

At the rally, Brooks said, "today is the day American patriots start taking names and kicking ass." Brooks said he was referring to organizing for the 2022 and 2024 elections.

The report also said that Brooks and Cawthorn met with Trump at the rally on Jan. 6; Brooks denied that on Monday. He said he met with Trump in December, along with other congressmen, to discuss the allegations of fraud he and the White House were making.

"There was a meeting at the White House about voter fraud and election theft activity," he said. "But I have no recollection of any kind of organizational activity regarding the speeches on Jan. 6."

In January, Ali Alexander, a right-wing activist who helped organize the rally, said Brooks, Gosar and Biggs helped organize it. Brooks denies Alexander's accusations, and said Monday he wanted to "put him under oath and see what he'll say."

Brooks did acknowledge that he wore body armor to the Jan. 6 rally, saying his staff had informed him of threats before the rally. He blamed "militants," such as the Proud Boys and Q-Anon, for the riot which occurred after the event.

"They executed that attack by using the rally as cover, and also using the rally to induce other people to attack the Capitol," he said.

Brooks is seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby. Other candidates for the seat include former Slovenian ambassador Lynda Blanchard, former Business Council of Alabama President Katie Boyd Britt, Huntsville businessman and Army veteran Mike Durant, and grant business owner Jessica Taylor.

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