A private investigator hired by Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell to file a civil lawsuit against Republican Representative Mo Brooks in connection with the U.S. congressional riots. First described the tense situation at Brooks’ home when he handed over the legal documents.
The lawsuit was filed in March by Swalwell, a California Democrat and fierce critic of former President Donald Trump. The case seeks to arrest Brooks, Trump and other Republicans. other Responsible for the Jan. 6 riots, Brooks was named in the lawsuit for other reasons, telling Trump supporters at a pre-riot rally that they should start “kicking a–”.
Controversy erupted over the Brooks service process in the case. by filing documents informing him that he was sued It is typically a procedural ritual and takes place with little fanfare. But Swalwell told the court he had to hire a private investigator to track Brooks. And Brooks claimed the law was damaged when the indictment was finally received.
CNN was unable to confirm Brooks’ claims that Swalwell’s team committed the crime, and Swalwell’s attorney Philip Andonian has denied these allegations. He previously told CNN: “Nobody came in or even tried to enter Brooks’s house. The allegations are not completely true. Process servers legally provide documentation about Mo Brooks’ wife as permitted by federal rules.”
In an sworn testimony filed on Tuesday, private investigator Christian Seklecki said he knocked on the front door of Brooks in Alabama on Sunday. no response So he waited nearby until Brooks’ wife arrived in her car and drove to the family’s garage. Sex Lekki said
“I followed and drove along the driveway as well,” he said. “When I stopped at the bottom of the hill, the Toyota Highlander was parked in the garage and the garage door opened. I got out of the car and walked over to the driver’s door of the Toyota Highlander.”
Brooks’ wife Martha Brooke then opened the door, Seklecki said in a court filing.
“I handed the woman some paperwork for her to accept and said, ‘Mrs. Brooks, I’m serving you legal paperwork. But yelled at me to leave and said she was calling the police.”
Seklecki said he was forbidden from leaving Brooks’ home for a short time.
“I couldn’t leave immediately because MARTHA BROOKS walked back and forth in my car. Obviously, look at the license plate of my car. And getting back on the road is the only way out,” Seklecki said, explaining that he left the driveway after. “Five or six seconds.”
Most of the affidavits confirmed images from home security cameras that Brooks tweeted on Monday. The picture has no sound. But it shows Seklecki briefly stepping into the garage before Martha Brooks chases him back into his car. In an earlier tweet, Brooks claimed that Swalwell’s private investigator was caught “sneaking into my house and accusing my wife!”
All encounters – since Seklecki got out of the car to get the paperwork. It took him less than 40 seconds, according to a photo Brooks posted, along with an explanation of what happened in Seklecki’s testimony, showing a fairly common example of a person liable in a “death run.” case And it wasn’t the harrowing scene Brooks described in his tweet.
The civil case is still in its infancy. accused Trump, his longtime lawyer Rudy Giuliani, his son Donald Trump Jr. and Brooks of violating anti-terrorism laws in Washington, D.C. parliament riot All of these numbers disclaim responsibility for the attack.
CNN’s Katelyn Polantz contributed to the report.