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Republican Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks announced that the man who served his wife with a lawsuit from a fellow member of Congress had a warrant issued for his arrest.
Brooks’s office announced Wednesday morning that a day earlier, the Madison County magistrate issued a warrant for Christian Seklecki, who has been accused of first-degree criminal trespass, a misdemeanor.
Democratic California Rep. Eric Swalwell, the plaintiff in the suit, had difficulty locating Brooks for months and was only able to serve him on June 6. Prior to that, Brooks taunted Swalwell on social media for being unable to track him down.
The lawsuit seeks to hold him responsible for the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
“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,” Brooks said in a statement.
In the aftermath of the lawsuit being served, Swalwell’s lawyer Phil Andonian said they had done nothing wrong.
“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,” Brooks continued. “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!”
His wife, Martha Brooks, said she and her husband “take [their] security very seriously” and that she hopes the arrest will “cause the process server to think twice before illegally invading the sanctity of someone else’s home.”
Swalwell’s office, Andonian, and Seklecki did not respond to requests for comment.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The headline has been updated to reflect that the arrest warrant has been issued for Seklecki, though it's unclear if he's been arrested yet.
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Original Author: Mike Brest