GOP Rep. Mo Brooks says he is 'avoiding no one' after court filing says Rep. Eric Swalwell hired a private investigator to find and serve him with a Capitol riot lawsuit

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GOP Rep. Mo Brooks says he is 'avoiding no one' after court filing says Rep. Eric Swalwell hired a private investigator to find and serve him with a Capitol riot lawsuit
Rep. Mo Brooks.House Television via AP
  • Democratic Rep. Swalwell is suing Rep. Brooks and others for inciting the Capitol riot.
  • A Wednesday court filing said Brooks was avoiding Swalwell, so Swalwell had to hire a PI.
  • Brooks told CNN on Thursday "I am avoiding no one."

GOP Rep. Mo Brooks said he is "avoiding no one" after a Wednesday court filing claimed that Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell hired a private investigator to find and serve him with a lawsuit over the January 6 Capitol riot, CNN reported.

Swalwell is suing Brooks and others for inciting the January 6 insurrection, and says Brooks has been dodging him.

Brooks told CNN through a spokesman on Thursday: "I am avoiding no one. I have altered my conduct not one iota since Swalwell's politically motivated, meritless lawsuit was filed."

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GOP Rep. Mo Brooks says he is 'avoiding no one' after court filing says Rep. Eric Swalwell hired a private investigator to find and serve him with a Capitol riot lawsuit
Representative Eric Swalwell of California.JACQUELYN MARTIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Swalwell's attorneys claimed in the Wednesday filing that Swalwell had struggled to serve Brooks with a lawsuit that he filed in March, and he "had to engage the services of a private investigator to attempt to serve Brooks personally."

The lawsuit, seen by Insider, said that the "investigator has spent many hours over many days in April and May at locations in multiple jurisdictions attempting to locate and serve Brooks, to no avail."

Swalwell's attorney Phillip Andonian told Punchbowl News last month that their other attempts to contact Brooks had not been answered.

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