U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) rose to prominence in American politics through his leading role in both failed impeachment attempts against former President Donald Trump.
Now, he is on the receiving end of some serious allegations after a process server reportedly broke into the home of U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) to deliver court papers stemming from a lawsuit Swalwell filed against him alleging involvement in the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riot.
“Accosting my wife”
Brooks was clearly upset over the process server’s behavior, describing the incident in detail via social media posts this week.
He alleged that the man pulled into his driveway and, when his wife showed up, followed her into the home through the garage.
The Alabama Republican went on to accuse Swalwell and his team of participating in a violation of state law and suggesting that those responsible could face criminal consequences.
.@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
The latest situation unfolded in the wake of reports that Swalwell hired a private investigator to trail Brooks’ wife, presumably to determine the best time to serve the court papers.
“I want to make it clear”
Attorneys working on behalf of the California Democrat reportedly had difficulty serving Brooks and a judge recently ruled that “separation of powers concerns” would prevent agents from the U.S. Marshals Service from making the delivery.
Brooks released high-definition video footage of the incident, apparently revealing the process server exiting his car and running into the garage where he “accosted” the female resident.
Swalwell’s attorney, Phil Andonian, offered a contradictory account prior to the release of the video.
“I want to make it clear that the process server did not go into Brooks’ home,” he said, adding that the legal team would be willing to respond to the allegations in court. Whether the process lands Swalwell in legal trouble remains to be determined, but the latest plot twist is enough to spark renewed interest in the ongoing narrative.