Alexander’s attorney confirmed to ABC News that Ali Alexander, the conservative activist behind the “Stop Theft” movement, appeared Friday before a federal grand jury investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
Paul Kaminar, Alexander’s attorney, said Alexander gave nearly three hours of testimony before a grand jury filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., as part of the Justice Department’s criminal investigation into the January 6 events.
The appearance came six months after Alexander testified before the House committee investigating the January 6 attack.
In a written statement Friday, Alexander said that several months ago he received a grand jury subpoena from the U.S. Attorney’s office “essentially requesting the same documents that I submitted to the January 6 commission and to testify.”
“I made sure that I am not a target, but a witness,” Alexander said in the statement. “I submitted the required documents and suggested that they obtain a full copy of my testimony from the Jan. 6 commission. They then replied that they could not obtain those transcripts due to the separation of powers, therefore, they needed me to repeat my testimony here today.”
Alexander, who organized a series of “Stop the Robbery” rallies in the months leading up to January 6, was at the US Capitol during the attack but said he was only there to de-escalate the conflict, and that his comments at the rallies and live broadcasts leading to the riots were taken out of context and misunderstood. It encourages violence.
“I did not plan or engage in any illegal activity and in fact appealed to protesters not to enter the Capitol,” he said in a statement Friday.
On December 9, Alexander spent eight hours taking questions from the January 6 committee in the House of Representatives about everything from his organization’s finances to his contacts with Republican officials. After that, Alexander described the tone of the questions as “completely hostile”, but said he was “honest” with the commission.
Later that month, ABC News reported that Alexander told congressional investigators that he had contacted several Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives prior to the January 6 rally and the Capitol riots, along with at least one member of the Trump family’s inner circle. Alexander disclosed his contacts in a lawsuit he filed challenging the commission’s obtaining of his phone records from Verizon.
Alexander disclosed his contacts in a lawsuit he filed to try to prevent the commission from obtaining his phone records from Verizon.
“I am challenging in court the Select Committee’s unlawful subpoena to Verizon to search my phone records and those of a volunteer whose only ‘crime’ was to exercise her First Amendment rights to make certain signs at rallies, singing patriotic,” Alexander said in a Friday statement.