McConnell says Trump deriding him as an ‘Old Crow’ is ‘quite an honor’

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell listens to President Donald Trump talks to reporters while hosting Republican congressional leaders and members of Trump’s cabinet in the Oval Office at the White House July 20, 2020, in Washington, DC.

  • Former President Donald Trump blasted McConnell as an “Old Crow” over the weekend.
  • McConnell seemingly responded in stride, saying that Old Crow was a favored drink of Henry Clay.
  • Trump is upset that Richard Shelby has backed another candidate to succeed him over Mo Brooks.
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Former President Donald Trump may be out of the Washington bubble, but this past weekend, he still took time to blast Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as an “Old Crow.”

On Tuesday, the Kentucky Republican brushed off the comment and turned the insult on its head.

“Actually, it’s quite an honor,” McConnell told CNN. “Old Crow is Henry Clay’s favorite bourbon.”

Clay, a fellow Kentuckian, represented the state in the House and Senate in the 1800s, and also served as US Secretary of State during his career.

McConnell’s response came as the former president attacked retiring GOP Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama for backing Katie Boyd Britt in the 2022 Senate race to succeed him in the upper chamber. Britt, a former chief of staff for Shelby, is currently the president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama.

Trump has thrown his support behind longtime ally and conservative Rep. Mo Brooks, who continues to support the former president’s claims of a “stolen” 2020 presidential election.

“I see that the RINO Senator from Alabama, close friend of Old Crow Mitch McConnell, Richard Shelby, is pushing hard to have his ‘assistant’ fight the great Mo Brooks for his Senate seat,” Trump said in a statement. “She is not in any way qualified and is certainly not what our Country needs or not what Alabama wants. For Mitch McConnell to be wasting money on her campaign is absolutely outrageous.”

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Shelby, for his part, dismissed being called a “RINO,” or Republican in name only, a pejorative used by Trump for members of the party who he doesn’t consider to be true conservatives.

“I was a Democrat at one time,” Shelby told CNN. “A long time ago, we all were. I don’t know if the president was. But I’m a Republican. I don’t think anybody questions that up here.”

Shelby, who was first elected to the Senate as a Democrat in 1986 before switching to the GOP in 1994, expressed his continued support for Britt.

“She’s the best qualified and the best hope we’ve got in the state,” he said.

In a statement to Dothan-based WTVY News 4, Britt said that the comments reflected fear from Brooks.

“I don’t need anyone else to fight my battles, and as Alabama’s next US Senator, I won’t be a rubber stamp for anyone,” she said in a statement. “My opponent is obviously panicked; he’s been in elected office for 40 years, but the people of Alabama are eager for a real conservative choice and someone who’s going to bring change to DC.”

McConnell’s super PAC, the Senate Leadership Fund, has not yet endorsed a candidate in the race. The senator did not respond to CNN’s question about whether the group will direct money to the contest in the heavily Republican state.

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GOP Rep. Mo Brooks urged conservatives to ‘fight back’ and not ‘surrender,’ invoking the Revolutionary War in CPAC speech

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  • Mo Brooks referenced the Revolutionary War during a speech at CPAC in Dallas on Friday.
  • Brooks told attendees they need to “fight back” and think about “sacrifice” like “our ancestors” did.
  • Brooks made similar remarks before the Capitol riot, when he told protesters to “start taking down names and kicking ass.”
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Rep. Mo Brooks urged conservatives to “fight back” and “sacrifice” during his speech Friday in Dallas, Texas, at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Brooks, a Republican from Alabama, is running for US Senate with the endorsement of former President Donald Trump. His speech was reminiscent of remarks Brooks made on January 6 during the pro-Trump rally that preceded the Capitol attack, during which he told protesters to “start taking down names and kicking ass.”

“Now our choice is simple. We can surrender and submit or we can fight back as our ancestors have done,” Brooks said Friday, invoking the Revolutionary War and suggesting conservatives should be thinking about a comparable sacrifice.

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“Think for a moment about our ancestors who fought at Valley Forge. They didn’t fight the British, they fought for survival,” Brooks said, referencing thousands of Continental soldiers who died over the course of six months.

“That’s the kind of sacrifice that we have to think about,” he continued. “And I ask you: are you willing to fight for America? Are you willing to fight for America?”

Brooks is being sued by California Rep. Eric Swalwell, who alleges Brooks is responsible for the thousands of rioters who breached the Capitol. Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Rudy Giuliani are also targeted in the lawsuit.

According to a recent court filing, Brooks said he “represented the will” of his constituents when he told the protesters to fight hours before the riot. His attorneys also insisted Brooks only appeared at the rally because the White House had asked him to.

During his CPAC speech, Brooks also repeated Trump’s unsubstantiated claims about voter and election fraud.

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After months of evading a lawsuit related to the Capitol insurrection, Rep. Mo Brooks was finally served

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In this image from video, Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., speaks as the House reconvenes to debate the objection to confirm the Electoral College vote from Arizona, after protesters stormed into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021

  • Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell is suing GOP Rep. Mo Brooks over his role in the Capitol Riot.
  • A private investigator left the papers with Brooks’ wife at their home in Alabama, CNN reported.
  • Swalwell said Brooks spent months trying to avoid being served the lawsuit.
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GOP Rep. Mo Brooks was served a lawsuit filed against him by Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell over the January 6 Capitol insurrection after months of trying to evade it.

“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 said in a tweet.

Swalwell is suing former President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Brooks, and Rudy Giuliani for inciting the insurrection. He accused Brooks of dodging being served and said he hired a private detective to track him down.

Brooks denied he was dodging being served and said he was publicly available, CNN reported.

On January 6, Trump supporters stormed the Capitol and clashed with police which resulted in five deaths.

Brooks was one of several GOP politicians who falsely claimed there was voter fraud in the 2020 election.

“Brooks-acting in his personal capacity- conspired with the other Defendants to undermine the election results by alleging, without evidence, that the election had been rigged and by pressuring elected officials, courts, and ultimately Congress to reject the results,” Swalwell’s lawsuit said.

The lawsuit said Brooks “directly incited the violence at the Capitol that followed” when he addressed the crowd before the riot.

“Today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass,” Brooks told the crowd at a rally right before the riot.

On Sunday, Swalwell’s attorney Matthew Kaiser said a private investigator left the papers with Brooks’ wife at their home in Alabama, CNN reported.

Insider could not reach Brooks’ office for comment at the time of publication but spokesperson Clay Mills told Forbes that Brooks filed a police report over the incident. Mills said there was video proof that the agent went into Brooks’ home without consent.

Another Swalwell attorney, Philip Adonian, told Forbes that Brooks’ allegation that the server entered his home is “utterly false” and said he “lawfully handed the papers to Mo Brooks’ wife at their home… which is perfectly legitimate under the federal rules.”

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GOP Rep. Mo Brooks is dodging Democratic congressman Eric Swalwell’s attempts to serve him with a lawsuit over the Capitol riot, attorney says

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Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-California) attends a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on June 24, 2020.

  • Rep. Eric Swalwell is accusing a GOP congressman of evading being served with a lawsuit.
  • Swalwell is suing Rep. Mo Brooks and others for inciting the January 6 insurrection.
  • Swalwell’s attorney told Punchbowl News that Brooks’ avoidance is holding up the lawsuit.
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A Democratic congressman is accusing GOP Rep. Mo Brooks of ducking being served with a lawsuit over his role in the January 6 Capitol riots, Punchbowl News first reported on Friday.

Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, who served as an impeachment manager in the Senate trial for former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, is suing Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Brooks, and Rudy Giuliani for inciting the insurrection.

Swalwell’s attorney Phillip Andonian told Punchbowl that they even hired a private investigator to try to pin down Brooks to serve him with the suit, but to no avail.

“We have been attempting to serve our complaint on Mo Brooks for more than a month,” Andonian told Punchbowl News. “I talked to staffers in his D.C. office who promised a response from someone, which never came. I sent the complaint and a waiver of service form in a detailed email to his chief of staff and counsel, which to date remains unanswered.”

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Brooks was one of the most vocal House Republicans pushing false and unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in the wake of the 2020 election, and helped lead the objection to Electoral College votes from states that voted for President Joe Biden.

“Today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass,” Brooks told the crowd at a rally right before the riot.

However, Brooks denies that his conduct played any role in the riots. He has received Trump’s endorsement for the GOP nomination in the open race to replace longtime Alabama Senator Richard Shelby, who is retiring in 2022.

Andonian said that since the other defendants have agreed to waive service, Brooks’ refusal to be served is holding up the lawsuit from moving forward.

“It seems clear that Brooks is choosing to make a political stunt out of a part of the process that essentially is a formality, which is unfortunate. Although not surprising,” he told Punchbowl.

Brooks isn’t the only Trump ally accused of dodging being served with a suit surrounding the 2020 election.

Dominion Voting Systems said in a court filing that conspiracy-wielding lawyer Sidney Powell, who they are suing for defamation, dodged being served with their lawsuit for weeks, forcing them to hire private investigators and pursue her across state lines.

Dominion is suing Powell and other high-profile figures for publicly accusing Dominions’ voting technology of being involved in a conspiracy to steal the election from Trump. The company is seeking billions of dollars in damages.

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Alabama GOP Rep. Mo Brooks hints at likely Senate run with campaign event featuring former Trump advisor Stephen Miller

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In this image from video, Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., speaks as the House reconvenes to debate the objection to confirm the Electoral College vote from Arizona, after protesters stormed into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021

  • Rep. Mo Brooks is hosting a campaign event that will feature former Trump advisor Stephen Miller.
  • Brooks, of Alabama, is expected to run for Senate to replace retiring Sen. Richard Shelby.
  • Trump is expected to get involved in the 2022 primaries to boost his allies.
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Alabama GOP Rep. Mo Brooks teased a likely Senate run with a campaign event next week that will be attended by Stephen Miller, a top aide to former President Donald Trump.

According to an invitation posted on Brook’s Twitter page, the pair will attend his “campaign rally and announcement” at Bullet & Barrel, an indoor shooting range and training facility in Huntsville, Alabama, on March 22.

Brooks’ campaign did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Brooks, a staunch conservative, was one of the leading lawmakers behind the effort to challenge slates of Electoral College votes from states that voted for President Joe Biden at the joint session of Congress on January 6, the day that pro-Trump rioters sieged the US Capitol.

In the weeks leading up to the electoral vote count, Brooks pushed false assertions of massive voter fraud and election irregularities in six swing states that voted for Biden. He also claimed, without evidence, that “honest America[n] citizens have been victims of the largest voter fraud and election theft scheme in American history.”

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Brooks is now expected to jump into the race to replace Sen. Richard Shelby, who is not running for reelection. Brooks recently told CNN that he is considering running for Senate. Asked about Trump’s support, he said: “I think that’s for him to announce at the appropriate time.”

Shelby, who represented Alabama in the Senate since 1986, developed a reputation as a highly-skilled legislator who routinely secured major federal resources for Alabama from his post on the Appropriations Committee.

He is one of several longtime Republican senators to opt out of running for reelection in 2022, along with Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Roy Blunt of Missouri, and Rob Portman of Ohio.

The Republican primaries to replace all five senators will test the extent of Trump’s continued influence over the GOP. Trump reportedly plans on getting involved in the 2022 primaries both to boost candidates he sees as allies and to undermine Republicans he sees as disloyal to him, including Sen. Lisa Murkowski – who voted to convict him in his most recent impeachment trial.

Another Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, Trump’s former ambassador to Slovenia, Lynda Blanchard, recently hosted a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s club and current residence in Palm Beach, Florida. She did not receive his endorsement.

For his part, Miller was both one of Trump’s speechwriters and a leading architect of the hardline immigration policy under Trump’s administration, including the highly-controversial family separation policy at the US-Mexico border in 2018.

Before joining the Trump administration, Miller was an immigration policy advisor to former Sen. Jeff Sessions, who represented Alabama in the US Senate for decades before serving as Trump’s attorney general. Sessions attempted to run for his old seat in 2020, but lost the Republican primary to now-Sen. Tommy Tuberville.

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Trump sued for ‘incitement to riot’ and terrorism over Capitol attack by House Democrat who served as impeachment manager

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Rioters clash with police using big ladder trying to enter Capitol building through the front doors.

  • Rep. Eric Swalwell filed a lawsuit against Trump and his allies over the Capitol attack.
  • The suit accuses the defendants of incitement to riot, among other charges. 
  • Swalwell alleges that Trump and his allies caused severe emotional distress to Congress.
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Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, a former House impeachment manager, on Friday filed a federal lawsuit against former President Donald Trump and a number of his close allies – Donald Trump Jr., Rudolph W. Giuliani, and GOP Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama – over the Capitol attack. 

The suit accuses Trump and his allies of “incitement to riot,” and alleges that they violated an anti-terrorism act in Washington, DC, among other charges.

“As a direct and foreseeable consequence of the Defendants’ false and incendiary allegations of fraud and theft, and in direct response to the Defendants’ express calls for violence at the rally, a violent mob attacked the US Capitol,” the suit stated. “Many participants in the attack have since revealed that they were acting on what they believed to be former president Trump’s orders in service of their country.”

“The horrific events of January 6 were a direct and foreseeable consequence of the Defendants’ unlawful actions. As such, the Defendants are responsible for the injury and destruction that followed,” the suit went on to say. “Trump directly incited the violence at the Capitol that followed and then watched approvingly as the building was overrun.”

Swalwell accuses the defendants of inflicting severe emotional distress on members of Congress, and states that they aided and abetted violent insurrectionists. The suit outlines how Trump and his allies stoked the riot with false claims about the election being “stolen.”

“The Defendants, in short, convinced the mob that something was occurring that – if actually true – might indeed justify violence to some, and then sent that mob to the Capitol with violence-laced calls for immediate action,” the suit said. 

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Swalwell’s suit is the second major lawsuit filed in a federal court by a House Democrat against Trump and people close to him in relation to the Capitol riot. Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi in February filed a suit that alleged Trump and Giuliani conspired with far-right groups to incite the Capitol insurrection.

Trump was impeached over the Capitol attack in mid-January, but was acquitted in the Senate last month. Swalwell was an impeachment manager in Trump’s second impeachment proceedings over the January 6 riot. After Trump was acquitted, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the former president could still be held accountable by the criminal justice system or face “civil litigation.” Swalwell’s suit cited these remarks from McConnell.

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The former president, Trump Jr., and Giuliani did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Insider.

But Trump spokesperson Jason Miller in response to the suit told the Washington Post, “Eric Swalwell is a low-life with no credibility.” 

Brooks denounced Swalwell and the lawsuit in a statement provided to Insider by his office.

“Socialist Eric Swalwell’s frivolous lawsuit is a meritless ploy by a man who betrayed his county by bedding a Communist Chinese spy while serving on the Intelligence Committee that hears America’s highest classified security secrets,” Brooks said. “I make no apologies whatsoever for fighting for accurate and honest elections. In sum, I wear Communist-sympathizer Swalwell’s scurrilous and malicious lawsuit like a badge of courage.”

“Under no circumstances will Swalwell, or any other Socialist, stop me from fighting for America,” Brooks added. 

Swalwell does not identify as a socialist, nor is he widely considered to be among the more left-leaning Democrats in Congress.  

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