A Democrat within the Home of Representatives tries to convict Republicans underneath civil regulation for the March 6 rebellion.
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) responded to a lawsuit over his role in the January 6 riot with a tweet that went viral for unfortunate reasons.
On Sunday Brooks posted a tweet accusing the trial server, which had served him a lawsuit on behalf of Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), of trespassing. The tweet included a photo of a computer screen showing Alabama's trespassing law – the implication was that the trial server was somehow breaking the law when serving Brooks' wife in their Alabama home.
"Well, Swalwell FINALLY did his job filing a complaint," Brooks wrote. "The TERRIBLE Swalwell team committed a CRIME by illegally sneaking INTO MY HOUSE and assaulting my wife!"
While this is a pretty explosive accusation, this tweet is best remembered as the photo it contained also showed a strip of paper that appeared to be Brooks' Gmail password.
Screenshot from Twitter
Brooks, who ironically serves on the Armed Forces Committee's Cyber, Innovative Technologies and Information Systems subcommittee, later deleted the tweet and reposted it without showing his password.
On Monday, Brooks tweeted a video that he claims shows the process server "chasing my wife into my house." But in reality it is unclear what exactly the footage shows. According to the New York Post, the server "follows von (Brooks) 's wife into her garage."
The lying attorney from. @ Ericswalwell falsely claimed that the process server never entered my home (aka trespassing).
If so, why do I have this video showing the man chasing my wife into my house? pic.twitter.com/JdlgAdia1a
– Mo Brooks (@RepMoBrooks) June 8, 2021
Swalwell decided to hire a private investigator to track down Brooks and said it was difficult to deliver the lawsuit to his colleague; Brooks requested to be served but, according to Swalwell, refused to make himself available to get the papers. (Swalwell and his office passed questions about the lawsuit to Swalwell's attorney.)
Brooks has provided no evidence that the trial server actually did anything wrong, and an attorney representing Swalwell told CNN that the allegation was untrue. Given that Brooks was a leading Republican proponent of former President Donald Trump's lies about the 2020 election result, it's hard to take him at his word.
But the silliness of Brooks & # 39; Tweet shouldn't hide the fact that Swalwell's lawsuit is a serious attempt to hold the Republicans accountable for the Jan. 6 uprising.
Swalwell tries to hold Brooks and other Republicans responsible for starting the flames of the insurrection
Brooks began this rally on January 6th with a speech in which he angrily told Trump supporters, "Today is the day American patriots start painting names and kicking their asses!"
Rep. Mo Brooks was the first to speak at the Trump rally on Wednesday just before the mob attack on the Capitol. He urged Trump supporters to "kick the ass". pic.twitter.com/hduaCMYcRd
– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 9, 2021
Donald Trump Jr. followed Brooks with a speech warning Republicans in Congress that if they don't "fight" for his father later that day, "I'll be in your garden in a few months."
Likewise, Rudy Giuliani said, "let's have a fighting process," and then-President Trump ended the rally with a speech using the words "fight" or "fight". at least 20 times.
A mob subsequently gathered at the Capitol, broke into the building, and forced lawmakers to suspend work to confirm Joe Biden's victory over Trump. The uprising resulted in 140 officers injured, five dead and more than 450 arrests, and the number is growing.
While some of the people who breached the Capitol have been held accountable for their actions, those who helped incite them are not. Trump was indicted by the House of Representatives but not convicted by the Senate, and none of the "Stop the Steal" speakers were charged.
Swalwell's lawsuit is an attempt to exercise that accountability. In his personal capacity, Swalwell, who served as impeachment manager during Trump's recent impeachment trial, filed a lawsuit against Trump, Trump Jr., Giuliani and Brooks in March, claiming that it was "a direct and predictable consequence of the defendants' false testimony." and arson allegations of fraud and theft, and in direct response to the defendants' explicit calls for violence at the rally, a violent mob attacked the US Capitol. "
The lawsuit is civil, which means that even if they are found guilty of incitement to insurrection, they will not face jail time. Instead, the Washington Post reported that Swalwell's lawsuit contained "damages and punitive damages, attorney's fees, a statement that the defendants have broken the law, and an obligation to give them seven days" notice on a future rally or public event in Washington Days "is required by every major electoral or electoral certification event."
But a guilty verdict would still be a striking and public reprimand – a statement, despite their otherwise allegations (and despite the Senate acquittal of Trump) that Trump, Trump Jr., Giuliani and Brooks spurred the insurgents on and damaged the democratic process in the process .
Brooks is still all in on Trump and his big lie
Brooks responded defiantly to the lawsuit. Not only has he launched a spate of ad hominem attacks against Swalwell, but he also tweeted that he "will not apologize for fighting for accurate and honest elections".
In motions they have already filed to dismiss the Swalwell lawsuit, the other defendants have argued that what they said about "Stop the Steal" was protected speech. Whether this argument will be accepted remains to be seen, especially since the Supreme Court ruled more than 50 years ago that speech "aimed at inciting and likely to lead to imminent lawless acts" is not protected.
Speaking on CNN Monday morning, Phil Andonian, a lawyer representing Swalwell, said, “We look forward to holding (Brooks) accountable for his role in this deadly riot. Brooks doesn't seem too concerned about this, however.
In addition to apologizing for his Jan. 6 speech, Brooks uses it on his website to raise funds for his Senate occupation campaign released by retired Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) becomes. His willingness to repeat lies about the legitimacy of the election has paid off in another way: The display name for his personal Twitter account is "Mo Brooks – Endorsed By President Trump".