Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks sure seemed to be in charge of his life when he literally spent weeks running, hiding and doing everything possible to avoid being served with Rep. Eric Swalwell’s lawsuit. The Democratic congressman from California was forced to hire private investigators to officially deliver the papers, which they finally succeeded in doing in early June.
Being served put the Republican congressman on the clock to file an answer to the suit, which alleges that he broke Washington, D.C.’s anti-terrorism act by inciting the riot and that he aided and abetted violent rioters and inflicted emotional distress on the members of Congress. Brooks’s answer, filed last Friday, basically says “Trump made me do it.”
The filing states, “Brooks only gave the Ellipse Speech because the White House asked him to, in his capacity as a United States Congressman, speak at the Ellipse Rally. But for the White House request, Brooks would not have appeared at the Ellipse Rally.” He also claims that he coordinated the contents of his speech with White House officials, who asked him to take part the day before the rally, and he justified his actions by baselessly arguing that Trump lost the election through fraud.
“Brooks drafted, practiced and gave his Ellipse rally speech at the request of the White House and pursuant to Brooks’ duties and job as a congressman concerning presidential election dispute resolution obligations imposed on Congress by the U.S. Constitution and, generally, U.S. Code,” Brooks’s petition said.
Swalwell’s lawsuit claims that Brooks was “acting in his personal capacity – conspired with the other defendants to undermine the election results by alleging, without evidence, that the election had been rigged and by pressuring elected officials, courts and ultimately Congress to reject the results.” Commenting on Brooks’s claim that he was acting in an official capacity, Swalwell’s attorneys called the assertion “false, a lie and has zero evidentiary support.”
Brooks’s response also cites the big lie as the basis for his actions Jan. 6. It falsely states, “The evidence is overwhelming that the November 3, 2020 elections were the subject of voter fraud and election theft on a scale never before seen in America and that, if only lawful votes cast by eligible American citizens were counted, Donald Trump won the electoral college and should be serving his second term as President of the United States.”
“Brooks welcomes public debate with anyone who ignorantly claims otherwise.”