WATCH: Swalwell Attorney Addresses Mo Brooks Capitol Riot Lawsuit, Explains Why He’s Confident In Case
Representative Mo Brooks (R-AL) is facing a lawsuit for his role in the January attack on the U.S. Capitol Building, and his actions don’t suggest that he is feeling great about the outcome. An attorney for the complainant, however, says he feels confident that the Congressman (and others) will face consequences for their actions.
Mo Brooks has been dodging service of the lawsuit for months, and was finally served this weekend, prompting an angry response. The lawsuit is being brought by his co-worker, Representative Eric Swalwell, who says that Brooks, along with co-defendants Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump, through their campaign of election lies and violent rhetoric, brought about the attack on the Capitol.
Swalwell’s attorney, Phil Andonian, explains why he expects the lawsuit to prevail.
Phil Andonian, attorney for Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), on serving Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) with federal lawsuit seeking to hold him partially accountable for January 6th insurrection:
“We look forward to holding him accountable …" pic.twitter.com/SmGIcL3zpj
— The Recount (@therecount) June 7, 2021
“…he implored people to ‘kick ass, take names’ and alluded to people dying for former President Trump. We fully expect those claims to go forward.”
As USA Today has reported, the lawsuit was successfully served on both Trump and Giuliani without undue difficulty, but Brooks managed to evade process servers beyond the 90-day deadline, forcing Swalwell to request an extension. U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta granted this in light of Swalwell’s description of efforts to serve Brooks, but refused to grant a request to have U.S. Marshals serve Brooks.
Brooks claims that someone illegally entered his home to serve his wife with the lawsuit, and asserts that he will release security footage proving it tomorrow, and seek an arrest warrant, but the Washington Post reports that Swalwell’s team has denied this, saying, “No one entered or even attempted to enter” the home, and the papers were handed to Brooks’ wife successfully.
It remains to be seen whether the purported video footage is forthcoming.