A dispute erupted over Brooks’s service of service with the trial – the transfer of documents notifying him that he had been tried. This is usually a procedural formality and happens with a little fanfare. But Swalwell told the court he had to hire a private investigator to track down Brooks, and Brooks said the laws were broken when the lawsuit was finally served.
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“I followed and also walked down the alley,” he said. “When I stopped my car at the bottom of the hill, the Toyota Highlander was parked in a garage and the garage door was open. I got out of my car and headed for the door of the Toyota Highlander driver’s door.”
Then Brooks’ wife, Martha Brook, opened the door, Seklecki said in the court file.
“I handed out the documents to the woman to accept, and I said, ‘Mrs Brooks, I’m handing you legal documents. This is for your husband, Mo Brooks, “Seklecki continued.” … She didn’t answer, but she shouted for me to leave and told me she was calling the police. “
For a brief moment, Seklecki said he was blocked from leaving Brooks’ home.
“I couldn’t leave immediately because MARTHA BROOKS was walking in the back of my car, ostensibly to mark my registration number, and reversing back down the alley was the only way to leave,” Seklecki said, explaining that he left the alley after “five or six seconds. “
The affidavit largely confirms footage from home security cameras that Brooks tweeted Monday. The footage contained no sound, but showed Seklecki briefly entering the garage before Martha Brooks chased him back into her car. In an earlier tweet, Brooks claimed that Suwellwell’s private investigator had been caught “illegally sneaking into my house and telling my wife!”
The whole meeting – from Seklecki getting out of his car to handing over the documents until he started to walk away – lasted less than 40 seconds, according to the footage Brooks posed. The footage, as well as the explanation of what happened in Seklecki’s statement, show a fairly simple example of someone serving a lawsuit, rather than the torturous episode that Brooks portrays in his tweets.
The civil lawsuit, which is still in its infancy, accuses Trump, his longtime lawyer Rudy Giuliani, his son Donald Trump Jr. and Brooks of violating anti-terrorism laws in Washington, D.C., by inciting a Capitol riot. All these figures denied responsibility for the attack.
CNN’s Katelyn Polantz contributed to this report.