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Brooks’s actions have emerged as a focal point for Democrats investigating to what extent, if any, Republican members of Congress helped to incite insurrection on Jan. 6. The lawmaker has denied any intent to spark the attack and said he was merely urging protesters to battle at the ballot box. (“The idea that I would encourage and incite violence on myself, my friends, and my colleagues is absurd,” Brooks said in a Jan. 12, 2021, statement.)