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‘Stop the Steal’ founder testifies to grand jury


Ali Alexander, the founder of the “Stop the Steal” group that organized a rally in Washington on Jan. 6, testified for nearly three hours before a grand jury Friday, he said in a statement.

Alexander, represented by his attorney Paul Kamenar, appeared before the grand jury at the federal district courthouse in Washington, D.C., blocks from the Capitol. Alexander has previously testified to the Jan. 6 select committee and is suing to prevent the panel from obtaining his phone records.

“I provided the documents requested,” Alexander said in a statement about his grand jury appearance, “and suggested they obtain my full transcript for my testimony from the January 6 committee.”

Alexander is the latest figure associated with the events of Jan. 6 to face scrutiny from federal prosecutors. His testimony came just two days after the Justice Department searched the home of former DOJ official Jeffrey Clark, a key figure in Donald Trump’s effort to seize a second term. Several Republican Party officials who participated in the Trump campaign’s effort to send false presidential electors to Congress in December 2020 — including Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward — have received grand jury subpoenas in recent days.

Alexander said his testimony to the grand jury included “the same subject matter” as his testimony to the committee. He declined to elaborate on the focus of the grand jury investigation.

Alexander acknowledged receiving a grand jury subpoena in April. Congressional investigators have expressed interest in his contacts with Republican members of Congress in advance of Jan. 6. Alexander has suggested in public comments that he had developed relationships with several Republican House members involved in Trump’s effort to overturn the election.

The Jan. 6 select committee has yet to share transcripts of its 1,000 witness interviews with the Justice Department but has indicated it is likely to make them public in September.

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