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California Rep. Eric Swalwell served Republican Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks earlier this month with a lawsuit days after attorneys with Swalwell said they could not find Brooks to serve him.
But, according to Brooks, Swalwell’s team broke the law when he was served.
Brooks revealed that a private investigator paid by Swalwell entered his home without his permission and confronted his wife to serve Brooks with a lawsuit related to January 6.
Brooks said that the entry was illegal, and slammed Swalwell for sending his team to his home.
In a press release, Brooks’ office revealed an arrest warrant has been issued for the Swalwell team member who came into his home
The press release stated:
Tuesday, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Congressman Eric Swalwell teammate Christian Seklecki of Georgia for the Class A misdemeanor of 1st Degree Criminal Trespass. Christian Seklecki illegally entered Congressman Mo Brooks’ (AL-05) home and accosted his wife, Martha Brooks, on June 6, 2021. On June 7, Congressman Brooks released home surveillance video proving Seklecki stalked Martha Brooks and ran into the Brooks’ home without the Brooks’ knowledge or permission.
Congressman Eric Swalwell lied in his politically motivated, meritless lawsuit against President Donald Trump and me when he falsely claimed I incited the January 6th Capitol violence. Swalwell’s attorneys lied again when they strutted in front of the news media like peacocks in heat and falsely accused me of avoiding Swalwell’s lawsuit service when the fact is they could have served me roughly a hundred times before, during or after both Swalwell and I voted together on the House floor, or served me by U.S. Mail to my home address. In fact, when they finally got serious about serving me with the lawsuit, they served me not once, not twice, but three times, all within one week! So much for avoiding service or being difficult to find.
Brooks said he was not there and that his wife was home alone.
“My wife, Martha, was scared to death when she discovered a stranger in our home hovering over her like a hawk! Fortunately, the fright soon turned into anger and Martha chased Swalwell’s teammate out of our house like a stray, scalded dog,” said Brooks. “You don’t mess with Martha! I am proud as can be to have her as my wife!”
The lawsuit brought by Swalwell accuses Brooks, Donald Trump, and other Republicans of provoking the happenings of January 6 at the Capitol.
“Well, Swalwell FINALLY did his job, served complaint (on my WIFE). HORRIBLE Swalwell’s team committed a CRIME by unlawfully sneaking INTO MY HOUSE & accosting my wife!” Brooks said on Twitter along with a photo of his computer screen to show the criminal statute.
.@EricSwalwell Well, Swalwell FINALLY did his job, served complaint (on my WIFE).
HORRIBLE Swalwell’s team committed a CRIME by unlawfully sneaking INTO MY HOUSE & accosting my wife!
Alabama Code 13A-7-2: 1st degree criminal trespass. Year in jail. $6000 fine.
More to come! pic.twitter.com/XSrFnezDlC
— Mo Brooks (@RepMoBrooks) June 6, 2021
“[email protected] team committed Criminal Trespass INSIDE Mo Brooks’ home. #CNN. Swalwell attorney Phillip Andonian denies agent’s crime. Agent’s video is PROOF! Release it! Experts to download home security video tomorrow. Arrest warrant to be sought,” he said.
Swalwell attorney Phillip Andonian denies agent’s crime. Agent’s video is PROOF! Release it!
Experts to download home security video tomorrow.
Arrest warrant to be sought.https://t.co/jkdPhQKK3M
— Mo Brooks (@RepMoBrooks) June 7, 2021
The photo also appeared to show a pin and his email password taped to his computer screen.
The Swalwell legal team has not formally notified the court that Brooks has been served, but that likely will be coming soon. The process server will have to provide a sworn affidavit to the court, as is typical in this procedural phase of a lawsuit. Serving the papers is important because it starts a clock in court for Brooks, the defendant, to respond to Swalwell’s accusations, which seek to hold him, ex-President Donald Trump, and others liable for the January 6 attack on Congress.
If Brooks doesn’t believe he was properly served, he will have the opportunity to contest it in court.