Ali Alexander, the founder of the far-right Stop the Steal organization, has announced that he will submit to a deposition by the January 6th Commission.
Alexander and his Stop the Steal group spent months spreading ‘The Big Lie’ that Trump won the election and organized the march on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, with the intention of disrupting the joint session of Congress that would confirm Biden’s victory by formally counting electoral votes.
Alexander was subpoenaed by the January 6th Commission on October 7, 2021. The deadline for him to produce documents was October 21, and the deadline to appear for a deposition was October 29, 2021. Both those deadlines have long since past.
In a three-minute video posted on his Telegram channel over the weekend, Alexander announced he would be “privately deposed in December” and gave his rationale for complying with the subpoena:
“I’m here to tell you that I respect that so many of my friends and fellow patriots are actually going to use their Fifth Amendment right to protect themselves from this Committee. That’s very expensive, right? And it shouldn’t be these days. It costs anywhere from a quarter million to a half a million dollars to litigate a Fifth Amendment case. Between Congress and the courts and a witness that’s called, I frankly don’t have that money to spend on legal bills…So, under the threat of imprisonment and spending tens and tens and tens of thousands of dollars on lawyers, I will be privately disposed… I’m sorry, deposed, before this Committee in December, and I will make public whatever I can.”
In the video, Alexander claims that the Commission is refusing his request for a public hearing. The former felon and associate of famed political ‘ratf**ker’ Roger Stone, also says he will introduce “photographic evidence” into the Congressional record and will bring “evidence to the court about agitators.”
Alexander was caught on video by myself, for the Palast Investigative Fund, in late 2020 yelling to a crowd of followers in front of the Georgia Governor’s mansion that, if President Trump wasn’t given a second term, “We’ll light the whole sh*t on fire!”
He was in Georgia before the Senate runoffs with Christian fascist Nick Fuentes and right-wing broadcaster Alex Jones (who has also been subpoenaed). Emails I obtained show that Alexander was running a get-out-the-vote campaign with other Stop the Steal operatives for the Georgia GOP and National Republican Senatorial Committee.
After announcing his upcoming deposition, Alexander dismissed the January 6th Commission as “partisan” and a “midterm issue that they [the Democrats] want to run on.”
While it is true that the majority of the January 6th Commission is made up of Democrats, this is only because the Republican Party leadership refused to participate in the creation of it. Indeed, they went so far as to hold two separate press conferences, which I reported on back in July, to attack the Commission.
During one of these press conferences, congressman Steve Scalise (R-La.) took his turn in front of the cameras to lay the blame on the Speaker of the House, saying, “What we’re here to talk about today is Speaker Pelosi’s constant attempt to cover up facts that she doesn’t want out there.”
Alexander, standing in front of a life size poster of Johnny Cash giving the middle finger, finished his video statement by wishing everyone a “Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.”
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Zach D Roberts is an investigative photojournalist who covers far-right extremism and voter suppression in America. He covered the Unite the Right Rally in Chalottesville and his work there helped put four white extremists in jail. He co-produced Greg Palast's films The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and Vigilante: Georgia's Vote Suppression Hitman. Roberts is a Palast Investigative Fund Fellow and Puffin artist grant recipient.