Republican Representative Mo Brooks shared his fury after a Democrat rival hired a private investigator to track him down – then got the PD to confront his wife with a lawsuit accusing him of inciting the January 6 riots.
Rep Brooks was served with the papers at his home in Huntsville, Alabama, on Sunday by private detective Christian Seklecki, who was acting for Democrat Rep Eric Swalwell.
Swalwell is suing Brooks for inciting the US Capitol riots after Brooks appeared at Donald Trump’s ‘Save America’ hours before the riot and told attendees: ‘Today we kick some ass.’
Dramatic home surveillance footage Brooks shared showed private detective Christian Seklecki racing up his driveway in a sedan as his wife Martha returned from church just ahead of him.
Surveillance footage has captured the shocking moment a process server raced his car up Rep. Mo Brooks’ driveway and followed his wife into the garage of their home to serve her with a lawsuit accusing her husband of inciting the Capitol riot
Seklecki then ran into the Brooks’ garage and dropped the papers at Martha’s feet, before running out again, with an angry-looking Martha in tow.
That clip, which does not have any sound, showed the server reversing down the driveway and disappearing moments later.
Brooks posted the video online Monday, writing: ‘@ericswalwell’s lying attorney falsely claimed that the process server never entered my house (aka trespassed).
‘If so, why do I have this video showing the man chasing my wife into my home?’
The GOP congressman filed a police report over the incident.
He told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham Tuesday night that the investigator committed a crime when he ‘illegally entered my home.’
He said his wife was returning from church at the time and said one of their 10 grandchildren could have been in the car at the time.
Brooks blasted Swalwell for serving the suit at his home saying he ‘could have been a man about it’ and served it to him in the Capitol.
In the video, an SUV – which Martha is thought to be inside – is seen coming up the driveway and driving into the open garage of their home
Seklecki gets out clutching what appears to be documents and a mobile phone and runs toward the garage. He disappears from view as he enters the garage behind Martha
A few moments later, Seklecki exits the garage walking backwards toward his car. Martha is seen walking after him, following him to his car as he opens the door
‘He could have had it served as I walked to and from the Capitol,’ he said, saying his schedule there is publicly known.
‘Instead the Swalwell team chose to hire a process server that would chase my wife down as she came home from church.
The Republican has raged about the incident in several social media posts this week.
He blasted the server and Swalwell on Twitter Sunday claiming the man was ‘unlawfully sneaking INTO MY HOUSE & accosting my wife.’
‘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!’ he wrote.
Brooks told Fox’s Laura Ingraham Wednesday night his wife was returning from church and one of their 10 grandchildren could have been in the car at the time
‘Alabama Code 13A-7-2: 1st degree criminal trespass. Year in jail. $6000 fine. More to come!’
He doubled down on his accusations in another tweet, hitting out at a CNN article about his lawsuit being served.
‘@ericswalwell’s team committed Criminal Trespass INSIDE Mo Brooks’ home. #CNN Swalwell attorney Phillip Andonian denies agent’s crime. Agent’s video is PROOF! Release it!’ he tweeted.
‘Experts to download home security video tomorrow. Arrest warrant to be sought.’
Swalwell’s legal team has denied any crime was committed, with Seklecki detailing in court documents Tuesday how he served Brooks’ wife with the suit.
Brooks with his wife Martha. He said she was ‘chased’ by the man serving the suit at their home
Brooks posted the video on Twitter and accused the server of breaking the law in trespassing
The private investigator, hired by Swalwell, said he had tried knocking on the front door of Brooks’ home Sunday to hand over the suit but received no answer.
He said he waited nearby and saw a Toyota Highlander pull into the driveway.
‘I followed and also drove down the driveway. When I stopped my car at the bottom of the hill, the Toyota Highlander was parked in a parking garage and the parking garage door was open,’ he said.
I got out of my car and walked to the driver’s side door of the Toyota Highlander.’
He said he was about two or three feet away when the driver’s side door opened, and he saw Martha inside.
‘I extended the papers towards the woman for her to accept and said, ‘Mrs. Brooks, I am serving you with legal paperwork. This is for your husband, Mo Brook,” he said in the sworn statement.
Seklecki said Martha ‘yelled’ at him to leave and told her she was calling the police.
He said he then dropped the papers near her feet and ‘reminded her that the papers have been served’.
Brooks is being sued by Rep. Eric Swalwell (above) for inciting the January 6 Capitol riot
He said he went back to his car but was unable to immediately leave because Martha had walked around to the rear of his car to note his license plate.
‘The moment I saw she was clear of my intended path off the property, I reversed up the driveway and left the area,’ he said.
Meanwhile, Martha told
Swalwell has claimed he hired a private investigator to track Brooks down because he had been dodging being served the suit.
Swalwell’s attorney Philip Andonian told
‘No one entered or even attempted to enter the Brooks house. That allegation is completely untrue. A process server lawfully served the papers on Mo Brooks’ wife, as the federal rules allow,’ he said.
Brooks told ‘American patriots’ to ‘start taking down names and kicking ass’ moments before a MAGA mob stormed the US Capitol in the riot that left five dead
‘This was after her initial efforts to avoid service. Mo Brooks has no one but himself to blame for the fact that it came to this. We asked him to waive service, we offered to meet him at a place of his choosing.
‘Instead of working things out like a civilized person, he engaged in a juvenile game of Twitter trolling over the past few days and continued to evade service. He demanded that we serve him. We did just that.’
He added that now the suit is served, Brooks can be ‘held accountable’ for his role in the Capitol riot.
Swalwell filed a civil lawsuit against Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Brooks, and Rudy Giuliani for inciting the insurrection.
In the suit, Swalwell claims Brooks ‘directly incited the violence at the Capitol that followed’ when he addressed the crowd at Trump’s rally in Washington DC.
Brooks warmed up the crowd telling them: ‘Today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass.’
Moments later, an angry mob of pro-Trump rioters – among them white supremacists, QAnon fanatics and Proud Boys – marched to the Capitol and violently broke into it.
Some rioters appeared to follow Brooks’ call to ‘take down names’, with the sign above House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office removed and destroyed in the siege
Rioters hold up Pelosi’s destroyed and looted sign during the siege on the Capitol
Rioters storm the US Capitol in the MAGA mob riot that left five dead and sent lawmakers running for their lives
Inside, they fought with law enforcement, hunted lawmakers, looted items and smashed windows to enter the chambers and offices.
Some rioters appeared to follow Brooks’ call to ‘take down names’, with the sign above House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office removed and destroyed in the siege.
Five people – including a Capitol police officer – died in the day’s chaos.
In the aftermath of the riot, Brooks refused to apologize for his comments and even claimed he was talking about a donkey when he spoke about ‘kicking ass’ – saying he was making a reference to the
Prior to the riot, Brooks was also among the former president’s allies who pushed his false claims that the election was fraudulent and ‘stolen.’
Rep. Mo Brooks objecting to confirming the Electoral College votes from Nevada during a joint session of the House and Senate to confirm the Electoral College
When lawmakers returned to certify the Electoral College votes following the riot, he objected to Nevada’s and Arizona’s votes.
‘Brooks – 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,’ Swalwell’s lawsuit said.
Brooks told Ingraham Wednesday the suit is ‘politically motivated’ and contains ‘flat out lies’ with ‘zero evidence to support it.’
He said neither he nor Trump are liable for the events of January 6.