Talk about birds of a feather, this is a flock of birds of prey. Brian Jack was Donald Trump’s political director from the moment that he descended the escalator until his final flight on Air Force One. Do you realize how rare that track record is, in an administration which saw 75% turnover? Then Jack went to work for Brian McCarthy in the same role. McCarthy was thrilled to get the guy not only because it keeps Trump’s orbit close to him, but because, in the words of GOP conference secretary Richard Hudson, who says “I worked closely with Brian during his four years at The White House, he [Jack] served President Trump exceptionally well, knows what it takes to win Congressional races, and I’m excited he’s working with Leader Kevin McCarthy and our team that will Take Back the House.”
Brian Jack put together the speaker’s list for the January 6 rally that incited the Capitol Riot and it was he who asked Mo Brooks to speak — according to Brooks himself. You think Kevin McCarthy wants this information megaphoned publicly? That’s why he doesn’t want the 9/11-type commission that Liz Cheney is demanding. Here’s what Brooks said.
Per my cell phone records, on Tuesday morning, January 5, I had a telephone call with Brian Jack, White House Political Director. He asked me to speak at the Trump rally the next day, Wednesday morning.
I had never attended a Trump rally in my life but had seen many on TV, and thought it an honor for the White House to invite me to address Trump volunteers and supporters, so I readily agreed.
Due to lack of time, I did not draft my speech from scratch.
The bulk of my January 6 White House Ellipse speech comes from my often-used “America is Great” political speeches that I have given dozens of times, perhaps hundreds of times, in my 34 years of public service as a Tuscaloosa assistant district attorney, an Alabama legislator, the Madison County District Attorney, a county commissioner, and U.S. Congressman.
Further, I spoke very early in the political rally. There was music, there was my speech, there was more music, then there was some number of speakers, then a couple hours or so later, President Trump began speaking.
I ask this question, if my remarks were as inspirational as the Socialist Democrats and their Fake News Media allies want the public to believe, why didn’t the Trump rally participants, after my remarks, immediately get up and storm the Capitol?
Why not indeed! The answer is simple. No one at the rally interpreted my remarks to be anything other than what they were: A pep talk after the derriere kicking conservatives suffered in the dismal 2020 elections.
As I will prove later, my remarks were clearly designed to reinvigorate people for the 2022 election cycle that had already begun two months ago and is now only a year away.
What is totally damning is that Mo Brooks went on record the next legitimizing violence as a resistance tactic.
“When you bring up one of your options to be violence, it brings us directly to your words yesterday, Mo,” [talk show host Matt] Murphy continued. “And I’m wondering if you regret saying what you said at the rally yesterday.”
The congressman said he had no regrets.
Listen to Brooks on Murphy’s radio show below:
There is no way in hell Kevin McCarthy wants scrutiny on this. He wants to avoid that like the plague.
Back to the Brian Jack connection. Axios, March 21, 2021:
Why it matters: The move to bring on Jack underscores McCarthy’s strategy of keeping Trump and his orbit close as Republicans seek to retake the House majority in 2022 — and McCarthy achieves his personal goal of becoming speaker.
The backdrop: Jack is one of a small group that worked for Trump through his entire journey — from his 2016 campaign to his final flight on Air Force One.
McCarthy (R-Calif.) met Jack through Trump and sees him as an asset for fundraising and recruitment, as well as strategy.
Jack remains connected to Trump, who viewed him as his go-to guy for congressional elections during the last cycle.
Jack previously held top roles at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the Republican National Committee and has worked with several GOP campaigns.
What we’re hearing: Talks about a potential job in McCarthy’s office began in December, while Trump was still in office.
Jack formally started this month.
So Kevin McCarthy hired Jack knowing he was pushing Stop the Steal stuff.
- After initially condemning Trump’s role in the insurrection, McCarthy has been aggressively walking back his criticisms, and revising his version of his conversation with Trump that day.
- Liz Cheney has been pushing for the creation of an independent 9/11-style commission that would narrowly focus on the 1/6 attack on the Capitol.
- “Which means undergirding this whole Liz + Commission thing is the fact that not only does Kevin himself have a conflict given his call with Trump on 1/6,” writes our friend. “But his top political guy would also potentially be a target of the investigation into 1/6.” [emphasis theirs]
Now are you ready for the knock out punch? Rep. Adam Kinzinger, (R-IL) revealed Monday that he had warned McCarthy ahead of time that the incendiary rhetoric of Trump and cohorts would lead to violence on January 6 and McCarthy shined him on.
A few days before Jan 6, our GOP members had a conference call. I told Kevin that his words and our party’s actions would lead to violence on January 6th. Kevin dismissively responded with “ok Adam, operator next question.” And we got violence.
— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) May 10, 2021
Wednesday is going to be an interesting day. Not only will the GOP conference ax Liz Cheney — or not — but this is happening.
New: House Oversight chair Carolyn Maloney announces she will hold a hearing this Wednesday to examine unanswered questions from the Capitol attack and the need for a Jan. 6 commission into the insurrection.
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) May 10, 2021
It's not that certain elected Republicans didn't know there could be an armed insurrection, it's that they didn't care https://t.co/NU7AjUFImr
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) May 10, 2021
McCarthy’s plan is to stick a fork in Liz Cheney on Wednesday but I don’t think she’s the one who’s going to be done. I think he is. It’s obvious that McCarthy can’t play the 12 dimension chess of politics at this level. Somebody is going to wash out of the GOP on Wednesday and my vote is it will be McCarthy.
Stay tuned. It’s only going to get weirder.