Insurrectionist Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) incited the crowd of Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol on January 6th to overthrow democracy, and now he is going to have to finally appear in court to answer for his sedition.
“Today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass,” Brooks told the crowd that day. Violence would ensue. People died. And democracy nearly ended.
While Republicans are refusing to allow an investigation of the failed coup attempt, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) has filed a lawsuit against Brooks for endangering his life.
Like a coward, Brooks has been in hiding so that he cannot be served a subpoena to appear in court. But that all changed this week when a process server delivered the subpoena to Brooks’ wife at their home, resulting in a temper tantrum by Brooks on Twitter in which he accused Swalwell’s team of trespassing and suggested that the subpoena is somehow void.
.@EricSwalwell 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!
Alabama Code 13A-7-2: 1st degree criminal trespass. Year in jail. $6000 fine.
More to come! pic.twitter.com/XSrFnezDlC
— Mo Brooks (@RepMoBrooks) June 6, 2021
Of course, it’s likely whoever delivered the subpoena did so properly. Brooks is just whining like a little baby because he finally has to answer for his actions on January 6th in court.
Twitter users mocked him mercilessly for being a hypocrite while legal experts schooled him on the law.
What is the criminal penalty for inciting an insurrection?
(Asking for my House Rep — AL-5)
— Bob O. Thomson (@BobOThomson) June 6, 2021
18 U.S. Code § 2383 – Rebellion or insurrection: 10 years in a federal prison. No longer allowed to hold public office. pic.twitter.com/RPqpXWlX2d
— Tina -#VoteBlue (@trcfwtt) June 6, 2021
He wouldn’t have had to serve your wife @RepMoBrooks if you’d been man enough to accept service of process yourself. But instead, you hid like a cowering criminal. Now that you’re served, I look forward to justice being served next.
— Jeanne Mann (@Jeanne_Mann) June 6, 2021
I was thinking the same thing. All big and brave while planning an insurrection, but ran into hiding when he knew he would be served. Coward. If they didn’t have anything to hide, they wouldn’t be acting like this. This is how guilty people behave.
— Antonia Lee Donnelly (@DonnellyAntonia) June 7, 2021
You refused to accept service. All bets are off.
— Richard Signorelli (@richsignorelli) June 6, 2021
Meanwhile in Alabama serving in a competent person at the home of the defendant is proper service. Worse than that, he knows it!
— Jenny Behel-Thigpen (@jennythigpen) June 6, 2021
Dubious! I was served papers and the server came to my door. Perfectly legal! Unlike you, I was polite and took it like a man! Grow up.
— Jason “True to Isshinryu” Steitler (@sgsteitler) June 6, 2021
She thought they were tourists.
— 🇺🇸 Old Soldier (@OldSoldier999) June 7, 2021
Mo Brooks can kick and scream all he wants, the bottom line is that he must appear in court now or the judge can have him dragged into the courtroom, where he faces perjuring himself or admitting he and other Republicans played a role in orchestrating the insurrection. Pleading the Fifth would basically be an admission of guilt as well. If Brooks has nothing to hide, he wouldn’t have gone into hiding to avoid being served.
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