Ali Alexander, a prominent organizer of Stop the Steal rallies with ties to far-right members of Congress who sought to invalidate the 2020 election results, has agreed to cooperate with the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, promising to deliver a trove of documents that could shed light on the activities that led up to the attack.
Women for America First (WFAF) Chair Amy Kremer, her daughter and executive director, Kylie Kremer, and former Trump campaign staffer Katrina Pierson are all named in Alexander’s introduction. The select committee stated Pierson was “reportedly involved in the organization of the January 5th and 6th rallies and was in direct communication with the former President about the rallies.” when the three were subpoenaed in September.
“While I was actively trying to de-escalate events at the Capitol and end the violence and lawlessness, it’s important to note that certain people were nowhere to be found, including Amy Kremer, Kylie Kremer, and Katrina Pierson; essentially, the Women for America First leadership of the Ellipse Rally that was originally titled the ‘March for Trump’ in their National Park Service permit application,” his opening reads.
“Press reports suggest they may have had their feet up drinking donor-funded champagne in a War Room in the Willard. I don’t know where they were. But they weren’t working with police trying to de-escalate the chaos like I was,” he continues. “It is my belief there may not have been a problem had that same leadership at the Ellipse event not intentionally removed instructions from the program that were supposed to be included to provide clarity on exactly where to go following the Ellipse event. When I protested the removal of those instructions, I was barred from participating as an organizer at the Ellipse event that preceded the Capitol riot. Ultimately, I was a VIP guest at the Ellipse event.”
Alexander’s involvement, who is slated to be deposed by the panel on Thursday, might give insight into the nature and scope of President Donald J. Trump and his Republican allies in Congress’ preparations for their quest to reverse the election on Jan. 6. It might also provide light on whether and to what extent the potential of violence was discussed or considered before to or during the rampage.
Members of the panel expressed an interest in investigating Alexander’s conversations with Republican members of Congress and White House officials.
Alexander, a provocateur who gained to prominence in right-wing circles in the tumultuous aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, was one of a small group of organizers that organized marches and demonstrations around the nation to protest the result. The events culminated with the one in Washington on Jan. 6, which drew crowds of people who stormed the Capitol.
That day, he attended Trump’s inflammatory address at the Ellipse outside the White House, then marched with the mob toward the Capitol, with Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Alexander came “in the early stages of the lawbreaking,” as he described it in his prepared statements before the panel.
Alexander, who has been banned from Twitter for distributing false information about the election, denies any involvement in the violence.
The involvement of Alexander, who is slated to be deposed by the panel on Thursday, might give insight into the nature and scope of President Donald J. Trump and his Republican supporters in Congress’s preparations for their quest to reverse the election on January 6. It might also provide light on whether and to what extent the potential of violence was discussed or considered before to or during the rampage.
Members of the panel said that they intended to investigate Alexander’s interactions with Republican members of Congress and White House officials.
Alexander, a provocateur who surged in right-wing circles in the tumultuous aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, was one of a small group of organizers that organized marches and demonstrations around the nation to protest the result. The events culminated with the one in Washington on Jan. 6, which drew crowds of people who stormed the Capitol.
The House committee filed subpoenas to both Alexander and Jones late last month, implying that they may have information of how the Stop the Steal demonstrations on Jan. 6 came together.
“We need to know who organized, planned, paid for and received funds related to those events, as well as what communications organizers had with officials in the White House and Congress,” Representative Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi and the committee chairman, said at the time.
“I don’t disavow this. I do not denounce this,” he said in a video he circulated on social media that was preserved by the organization Right Wing Watch. “This is completely peaceful, looks like, so far. And there are a couple of agitators that I obviously don’t endorse.”
Coincidently, Ali Alexander and Michael Coudrey two of the primary organizers of the January 6 “wild protest” also used the terrace at 101 Constitution Ave to watch the riot unfold and record video content. pic.twitter.com/l0BpH11VL3
— The Sparrow Project (@sparrowmedia) October 22, 2021
During Stop the Steal rallies in the weeks preceding up to the assault, Alexander regularly mentioned the possibility of using violence to accomplish his organization’s aims, including leading a crowd in D.C. on Jan. 5 in a cry of “victory or death.” According to the committee, he claimed to have spoken with the White House and members of Congress about activities intended to undercut Congress’ official tally of the Electoral College results.
Alexander has claimed that he, together with Republican Representatives Mo Brooks of Alabama, Paul Gosar of Arizona, and Andy Biggs of Arizona, put the events of January 6 in motion.
“We four schemed up of putting maximum pressure on Congress while they were voting,” Mr. Alexander said in a since-deleted video posted online, “so that who we couldn’t lobby, we could change the hearts and the minds of Republicans who were in that body, hearing our loud roar from outside.”
Brooks, who donned body armor onstage on Jan. 6 as he exhorted the audience to “start taking down names and kicking ass,” and Biggs, who submitted a video message for Alexander to play at a rally on Dec. 19, both denied coordinating event planning with Alexander.
Alexander was described as a “solid organizer” by Gosar’s chief of staff, although his office only supported Stop the Steal activities and was not engaged in their preparation.
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