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Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) speaking at the "Save America Rally" that preceded the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Photo: Eric Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images

An attorney for Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) told Punchbowl News that Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) has refused to be served in a lawsuit alleging that he and other pro-Trump allies are "responsible for the injury and destruction" of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Why it matters: The lawsuit, which Swalwell has also filed against former President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Rudy Giuliani, alleges that Brooks incited the riot that day through his speech at the "Save America" rally that preceded the violence.

Context: During his speech at the pro-Trump rally, Brooks told the crowd, “Now is the time to start taking down names and kicking ass!”

What they're saying: “We have been attempting to serve our complaint on Mo Brooks for more than a month,” Swalwell attorney Philip Andonian told Punchbowl.

  • "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.”
  • “The other defendants in the case — including Donald Trump — have all agreed to waive service in the interest of getting to the merits of the case. 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.”

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Atlanta board reverses firing of officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks

A June 2020 view of the Atlanta Wendy's where Rayshard Brooks was shot. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The Atlanta Civil Service Board on Wednesday reversed the firing of former police officer Garrett Rolfe, who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks, a Black man, in a Wendy's parking lot last year.

Why it matters: The board said in its decision that the city failed to "comply with several provisions" of the Atlanta City Code and that Rolfe, who had been charged with murder, "was not afforded his right to due process" during his termination.

Social media's "in-kind contribution to Biden"

Photo illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Facebook's continued suspension of Donald Trump's account extends the silencing of Joe Biden's most potent critic — and the current president's control over the national political narrative into his second 100 days.

Why it matters: Biden has been able to successfully focus on COVID-19 relief, his infrastructure plan and fielding his new administration, in part, because Trump hasn't been able to shake his social media muzzle and bray about the migration crisis or any White House misstep.

Trump's spell over the media broke once he lost his megaphones

Data: NewsWhip; Chart: Axios Visuals

Social media interactions about former President Trump have fallen 91% since January, according to exclusive data from NewsWhip.

Why it matters: When Trump lost his social media accounts, he lost his once-immense power to put himself at the center of Americans' attention.

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