December 1, 2022

Organizer of ‘Stop the Steal’ rally comes forward to be dropped off with Jan. 6 committee, pledges cooperation

“I’m going to go out there and cooperate where I can, where I can’t, I will invoke my constitutional rights. We have tons of evidence for them,” Alexander said before heading to the closed-door deposition.

“We will enter the committee,” said Alexander. “We provided the committee with thousands of documents, hundreds of pages. And you know, unfortunately, I think this committee looked way too much into our personal lives, way too much into my First Amendment. But I recognize that they have a legislative duty to conduct it, so we are here to cooperate.”

Alexander’s group had obtained a permit on January 6 to hold a rally on the northeast side of the Capitol, but maintains that it played no role in the violence that took place on January 6.

On Thursday, Alexander denied working with lawmakers to attack the Capitol.

“There’s this conspiracy theory … that I and members of Congress worked to endanger the safety of their colleagues. Nothing could be further from the truth,” Alexander said. “So this evidence actually exonerates those members. This evidence actually exonerates me. And this evidence is actually going to exonerate President Donald J. Trump, and we’re really excited about that.”

Alexander’s deposition comes as the committee faces delays and stonewalling from key Trump allies on multiple fronts. The panel will begin the process of convicting Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows for criminal contempt next week after Meadows reversed course and stopped cooperating with the committee, in addition to Meadows filing a new complaint against the committee on Wednesday. to block the subpoena against him.

Three of Trump’s allies the committee has subpoenaed say they will plead the Fifth Amendment and not cooperate. Although the committee has conducted more than 250 interviews, many of their top targets have had their depositions postponed as the parties involved work out arrangements for their depositions.

Asked about the lawmakers’ involvement in planning the rally, Alexander said, “I’m going to respect the committee process and give them all that information.”

Alexander arrived for his deposition with his attorney Joseph McBride and conspiracy theorist Jacob Wohl. Alexander gave reporters a copy of the opening statement he planned to make to the committee.

“I have nothing to do with the violence or the breaking of the law that occurred on January 6,” Alexander wrote in his statement. “I have nothing to do with the planning. I have nothing to do with the preparation. And I have nothing to do with the execution. Any suggestion to the contrary is factually false.”

Speaking directly to January 6, Alexander said in his statement that he had videos showing him arriving at the Capitol on January 6 after the violence began.

“In these videos, our group can be seen working with the police to try to end the violence and breaking the law. We can be seen shouting and shouting at people to STOP trying to enter the Capitol. and to STOP violent breaches of the law generally,” Alexander wrote. “I believe these videos have been provided to the committee. If not, I will be happy to share them.”

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, with Ali Alexander and Vernon Jones, at the Stop the Steal rally at the Georgia Capitol Building in Atlanta.

Alexander’s full name is Ali Abdul-Razeq Akbar. Alexander said: “As a black, Arab, American male, it’s common for people who look like me to be blamed for things we didn’t do. On top of that, my birth name can sound scary. for the uninformed and uneducated. It is often used against me as a weapon.”

“I went from living the American Dream to experiencing an American Nightmare where my skin color, my birth name, my party affiliation, my ability to earn a living, my belief that Christ is King and concerns about election irregularities were weaponized against me,” Alexander wrote. . “But I can assure you that I have nothing to hide because I have done nothing wrong.”

Alexander said he and his team prioritize “peace and order” at events and support the work of law enforcement to prosecute those who committed crimes on Jan. 6.

He writes that he prepared for about 80 hours searching his archives for information relevant to the committee and about 120 hours preparing for the deposition.