Right-wing activist and rally organizer Ali Alexander is cooperating with the US Department of Justice’s investigation into the Capitol Riot.
Mr Alexander organized numerous ‘Stop the Steal’ protests following the 2020 presidential election, denying the result and promoting conspiracy theories that it was somehow rigged.
On Saturday, Mr Alexander announced his intention to cooperate through his lawyer.
“I don’t think I have any information that will be useful to them but I am cooperating as best I can in reiterating that I am not a target as I have done nothing wrong,” the activist said through ‘a lawyer.
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Mr Alexander, formerly Ali Akbar, has been involved in right-wing politics since the late 2010s, when his live-streamed political rants began to garner attention on social media.
“Alexander is one of many new-right media celebrities orbiting Trumpland who have built a brand through live musings on political warfare,” said the Observer reported in 2018. “Like many New Right figures, he also has a history of dog whistling to the nationalist wing of the MAGA movement.”
After Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, Mr Alexander was quick to embrace the incumbent president’s quest to overturn the result. Weeks before Congress was to certify the results, the pro-Trump activist said he had a plan: He and others would stage a protest to “pressure” Congress to reject the result.
In a now-deleted Periscope video, Mr Alexander said he hatched the ‘plan’ with three Republican congressmen (who later denied ever meeting him).
“We four plotted to [sic] put maximum pressure on Congress while they were voting,” Alexander said, as reported by The Washington Postto “change the hearts and minds of the Republicans who were in this body, upon hearing our great roar from without”.
On January 6, 2021, Mr. Alexander organized one of many rallies to protest the certification near the US Capitol. After a fiery speech by Mr. Trump himself at the Ellipse, thousands of the former president’s supporters stormed the building, killing five.
Since then, Mr Alexander has condemned the violence and said he had nothing to do with it.
“I denounce anyone who planned to subvert my authorized event and the other authorized events of that day on the grounds of the Capitol to organize counterproductive activities,” he said through his attorney.
But on January 6, Mr. Alexander said otherwise.
“I’m not denouncing this,” he said in a video on Twitter during the uprising.
Since then, Mr. Alexander has cooperated in several investigations into what happened that day. Last year, he gave hundreds of his text messages to the House Jan. 6 committee. In December 2021, he sat for several hours of testimony.
“I’m going to go out there and cooperate where I can,” Mr. Alexander told CNN as he walked to his deposition. “Where I cannot, I will invoke my constitutional rights. We have tons of evidence for them.
The Independent contacted Mr. Alexander’s attorney for comment.