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Ali Alexander Gives Jan 6th Committee ‘1000s of Texts’ From GOP Lawmakers Whom He Says Helped Plan Insurrection

Ali Alexander Gives Jan 6th Committee ‘1000s of Texts’ From GOP Lawmakers Whom He Says Helped Plan Insurrection

“Stop the Steal” leader Ali Alexander has given the January 6th House Select Committee thousands of text messages and other communication records that include his interactions with members of Congress, as well as Donald Trump’s inner circle, in the weeks and days leading up to the riot, according to a new court document submitted late Friday night. The move comes more than a week after Alexander sat for several hours of closed-door testimony with committee organizers. It also highlights the wealth of information committee staff must sift through and analyze.

The revelations emerged from Alexander’s challenge to the Committee’s effort to obtain his phone records directly from his cell provider, Verizon Wireless. After initially stonewalling, Alexander provided communications with Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona, possibly GOP Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama, and further detailed a call Alexander believes included unnamed members of Congress, according to Friday’s filing.

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In several Periscope videos in December 2020, Alexander said he was in contact with Gosar, Brooks, and Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona about the rally that preceded the riot. Alexander had previously claimed he “worked closely” with Republican congressmen in planning the rally at the Capitol on January 6th. But last week, Alexander denied he worked with lawmakers to attack the Capitol and claimed his evidence actually exonerates those members.

On November 24th, Alexander provided the committee with more than 1,500 mobile messages “sent and received by him and people he corresponded with,” the filing says. “Mr. Alexander testified that he had phone conversations with Rep. Brooks’ staff about a “Dear Colleague” letter and how his activists could be helpful,” the filing says. “Mr. Alexander believes he exchanged a text message with Rep. Brooks, contents which he provided to the Committee.”

Alexander also told the committee about a “short and pleasant call” he had with Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Trump’s son, Donald Jr., in which the two spoke about the ongoing Georgia election and the Republican 2022 primaries, according to the filing.

Alexander is challenging the validity of the committee’s authority, citing what he believes is the “politically lopsided makeup” of seven Democratic and just two Republican lawmakers, according to the filing. Alexander also argued the subpoena for his data is too broad, writing in his complaint the “breadth and invasiveness of the Verizon Subpoena also gave the appearance of a criminal investigation, not a legislative fact-finding mission.”

 

 

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