'Stop the Steal' organizer announces ‘cooperative posture’ with DOJ investigation of Trump coup attempt

On Friday, The New York Times reported that Ali Alexander, a key organizer of the pro-Trump "Stop the Steal" rally that immediately preceded the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, has agreed to cooperate with the Justice Department's investigation of the attack.

"Speaking through a lawyer, Mr. Alexander said on Friday that he had recently received a subpoena from a federal grand jury that is seeking information on several broad categories of people connected to pro-Trump rallies that took place in Washington after the election," reported Alan Feuer. "In a statement from the lawyer, Mr. Alexander said he was taking 'a cooperative posture' with the Justice Department’s investigation but did not know what useful information he could give. He also disavowed anyone who took part in or planned violence on Jan. 6."

"While it remains unclear what Mr. Alexander might tell the grand jury, he was intimately involved in the sprawling effort to mount political protests challenging the results of the election, and had contacts with other organizers, extremist groups, members of Congress and, according to the House committee investigating Jan. 6, White House officials during the period after Election Day," the report noted.

Mysteries remain about Alexander's involvement — including a payout he received from a PAC days after he got a subpoena from the House Select Committee investigating January 6. But he has previously implicated several Republican lawmakers in the planning of the rally, including Reps. Mo Brooks (R-AL) and Andy Biggs (R-AZ) — and according to the report, he could also implicate more Trump allies.

"Mr. Alexander might ... be able to shed light on some of the activities on Jan. 6 of a man he considers to be something of a mentor: Roger J. Stone Jr., a longtime adviser to Mr. Trump," said the report. "Mr. Alexander said through his lawyer that in the run-up to Jan. 6 he spoke with Mr. Stone about 'logistics' and the 'warring factions' of organizers, and provided the House committee with all of his communications with Mr. Stone on the day of the Capitol attack."

"While Mr. Alexander is the first pro-Trump political organizer to acknowledge his cooperation with the government, several far-right militants, including members of the Oath Keepers, have also reached cooperation deals with prosecutors," noted the report. "Those Oath Keepers working with the government could help prosecutors with the sprawling seditious conspiracy case that was filed in January against the Oath Keepers founder, Stewart Rhodes, and 10 other members of the group." Charles Donohoe, a leader of the far-right Proud Boys, has also taken a deal to cooperate with prosecutors this week.

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