Representative Mo Brooks (R-AL) revealed on Wednesday that a warrant was issued for the arrest of the process server who entered his garage earlier this month.
Christain Secklecki of Georgia has been charged with a Class A misdemeanor of first-degree Criminal Trespass after Rep. Brooks posted a video of Secklecki driving into his driveway after his wife Martha returned home. The video appears to shows Secklecki getting out of his car and walking into the Brooks’ garage with what looked like legal papers.
Martha Brooks said she worked with Huntsville police and the Madison Co. Sheriff’s Office to obtain the warrant.
She said, quote, “My hope is that my actions today will cause the process server to think twice before illegally invading the sanctity of someone else’s home, and put those who would threaten our security on notice that we will pursue illegal actions to the fullest extent of the law.”
The incident occurred after Swalwell said that Brooks had tried to evade the lawsuit, which aims to hold him accountable for the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. 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 claimed in a tweet.
But Philip Andonian, an attorney for Swalwell, told CNN that no laws were broken in the process of serving the lawsuit.
“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,” Andonian explained. “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.”
He added: “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. The important thing is the complaint has been served and Mo Brooks can now be held accountable for his role in inciting the deadly insurrection at the Capitol.”