Alexander has not been charged or implicated in any unlawful act. He has denied working with anyone, including lawmakers or extremist groups, to attack the Capitol.
In other videos removed from Periscope — it’s unknown who removed the videos, when and why — Alexander claimed to describe further details of his communications and coordination with several Congressional Republicans pushing to overturn the election result. The lawmakers have denied planning rallies or coordinating with Alexander in any way.
An attorney for Alexander denied that his client worked with the Proud Boys but acknowledged that Alexander did try to help them with housing; the attorney also said the Oath Keepers did provide security for several events.
Claims about working with Proud Boys and Oath Keepers
“Don’t worry, I’m gonna make sure so many people are so safe. It’s gonna make your head spin. I’m gonna try to make sure that every 15 minutes — so that you just know in your head, you don’t have to know in a map — that Metro stops are being patrolled,” he said. “I’m gonna try to go that deep into it. I’m gonna talk to the Proud Boys. I’m gonna talk to the Oath Keepers and I’m gonna try to get patrols going, okay, of men that go for hours.”
“I’ll find you a room,” Alexander said in a livestream addressing the camera. “My team will find you a room. I talked tonight to the Proud Boys to make sure that they were all covered.”
Baron Coleman, Alexander’s attorney, told CNN his client “did not work with the Proud Boys,” saying his “colorful remarks or exaggerations during playful livestreams contextualize his intentions.” But he said his client did offer to help them find new housing and the Oath Keepers did provide security for several events.
Alexander has not been charged or implicated in any unlawful act and he has denied working with anyone, including lawmakers, to attack the Capitol. In his December testimony, he claimed that the evidence he handed over to the committee exonerated himself and members of Congress.
Coleman, Alexander’s attorney, also argued to CNN in an email that the clips provided seemed out of context, arguing Alexander was joking or exaggerating in clips. He said all of Alexander’s rallies were peaceful.
“Using tiny clips from the thousands of hours of extemporaneous speaking that Ali produced during the 2020 election cycle seems out of context and without regard to the truth,” Coleman said. “All of Ali’s rallies, to this date, remain peaceful and without incident. All of the dozens of rallies he did, all peaceful, without incident. The other ones under his care post-Election Day; all peaceful and without incident.”
Claims about working with members of Congress
New videos unearthed by CNN’s KFile offer new details of these communications.
“Who worked with Congressman Mo Brooks to whip up votes in the House,” Alexander said in the livestream. “[Who worked with] Congressman Paul Gosar to whip up votes in the House, Congressman Andy Biggs, to not only whip up votes in the House, but also let me know who the soft senators were because he briefed them in the Steering committee? Boom, we’ve been doing the work.”
None of the lawmakers contacted by CNN returned repeated requests for comment. Spokespeople for Biggs and Brooks have previously denied planning rallies or coordinating with Alexander in any way.
The spokesperson added that Biggs “did not have any contact with protestors or rioters, nor did he ever encourage or foster the rally or protests. He was focused on his research and arguments to work within the confines of the law and established precedent to restore integrity to our elections, and to ensure that all Americans — regardless of party affiliation — can again have complete trust in our elections systems.”
The videos unearthed by CNN’s KFile also show the heated rhetoric that Alexander used leading up to the January 6, 2021, rally.
Alexander’s attorney said his comments about the White House were “in jest.”
“There’s no circumstance that I think is legitimate that Joe Biden should enter the White House,” he said on January 1, 2021. “I think the White House should burn down and I’m not saying that — I’m not telling anyone to, but I’m just saying — I literally believe that a bolt of lightning should hit the White House and light it on fire before it’s handed over.”
Jared Holt, a resident fellow at The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab who studies US domestic extremist movements and had extensively researched January 6, said Alexander’s rhetoric had the potential to influence bad behavior among the far-right.
“His role in the pro-Trump political space, connecting politicians, influencers, and activists, means that his words matter a great deal,” Holt told CNN. “What Alexander says, whether in jest or in earnest, has the potential to ripple across far-right communities and offer permission for bad behavior.”