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Combination images of Reps. Mo Brooks and Eric Swalwell. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images/Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Attorneys for Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) said Wednesday they've hired a private investigator to find Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) in order to serve a lawsuit that alleges he and other pro-Trump allies bear responsibility for the Capitol riot.

Driving the news: Swalwell's attorneys claim in a court filing that Brooks is avoiding being served the suit, with their calls and emails going unanswered.

  • "Plaintiff had to engage the services of a private investigator to attempt to serve Brooks personally — a difficult feat under normal circumstances that has been complicated further in the wake of the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol that Defendants incited," the attorneys wrote.
  • The investigator "has spent many hours over many days" since April searching for Brooks, "to no avail," they added.

Why it matters: The lawsuit, which Swalwell has also filed against former President Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Rudy Giuliani, alleges that Brooks incited the Jan. 6 insurrection with his speech at a Washington, D.C., rally held before the violence.

The other side: Representatives for Brooks could not immediately be reached. After the suit was filed in March, he tweeted that the accusations were "frivolous" and "meritless."

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White House acknowledges U.S. will miss July 4 vaccination goal

Fireworks in New York City to celebrate the state reaching a 70% vaccination rate. Photo: Liao Pan/China News Service via Getty Images

The Biden administration acknowledged on Tuesday that it will likely miss its goal of vaccinating 70% of U.S. adults with at least one dose by July 4.

Why it matters: Despite falling short of the goal, the White House still believes most Americans will be safe to fully celebrate Independence Day, as COVID-19 cases and deaths remain at low levels throughout much of the country.

Exclusive: Quartz, NYT vets launch new media company about work

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Quartz co-founders Kevin Delaney and Jay Lauf, along with New York Times veteran Erin Grau, are launching a new media and services company called "Charter" that is centered around the future of work, the founders told Axios.

Why it matters: "There are other media companies that write about this topic — some occasionally and some more frequently, but it's one topic among many things that they do," Delaney said. "This is a driving focus for us."

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