Mo Brooks Accused Of Dodging Service In Capitol Riot Lawsuit
Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) has filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump and certain members of Congress for their roles in the January 6th insurrection attempt at the U.S. Capitol Building. Now, his attorney says that one of them is refusing to be served.
According to Axios, other defendants in the case, even former president Donald Trump, have waived service in order to move forward more quickly, but Mo Brooks (R-AL) is taking the exact opposite route, refusing to accept papers regarding the case. A waiver of service and other documents were sent to his office, but he never responded.
Swalwell’s attorney, Philip Andonian, says he’s been trying to serve the complaint for more than a month, and that he believes Brooks is taking what should be a legal formality and making a political stunt out of it.
Swalwell spoke to Meidas Touch back in March about the lawsuit, and about the ways he sees Republicans in Congress continue to undermine the safety of their colleagues since the attack.
Rep. Eric Swalwell has filed a civil lawsuit against Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Rudolph Giuliani, and Rep. Mo Brooks for inciting the January 6th attack. He spoke with us about what it’s like to work with members of Congress who tried to kill him.
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) March 5, 2021
According to CNBC, the defendants in the case are Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani, and Mo Brooks, and the lawsuit accuses them of being “wholly responsible” for the Capitol insurrection attempt due to their incitement and disinformation campaign.
The specific actions and words mentioned in the suit are Giuliani’s call to the mob for “trial by combat,” and Brooks’ call for the crowd to “kick a**,” and his call to emulate ancestors who “sacrificed their blood, sweat [and] tears….and sometimes their lives.”
Brooks said at the time, “I wear Communist-sympathizer Swalwell’s scurrilous and malicious lawsuit like a badge of courage,” but has made no statement about why he’s refusing service of said badge.