Arizona Reps. Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs tied to Capitol rally organizer
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Two of Arizona’s members of Congress are mired in accusations that they helped to inspire the rally-turned riot on Capitol Hill one year ago.
Representative Andy Biggs and Representative Paul Gosar, both Republicans, have come under scrutiny because of their social media posts and their ties to a man named Ali Alexander.
Alexander is a far-right activist who claimed that he organized the protest at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. He stated on multiple occasions that Gosar and Biggs also helped organize the event. Alexander is now cooperating with Congressional investigators.
Biggs has denied any involvement. This week, he issued a statement condemning all political violence. He also raised concerns about the treatment of the January 6 riot defendants, and Gosar has avoided commenting on the issue.
Both men posted Tweets and made statements after the 2020 election, claiming the election was stolen from former President Donald Trump.
On several occasions, Gosar mentioned Alexander in his tweets. And Gosar urged people to attend the rally in Washington, DC, on January 6.
Alexander answered questions from Congressional committee investigators in December. That meeting was not made public. At least one of Gosar and Biggs’ colleagues on the Arizona Congressional delegation has been critical of the two.
“I hope that they are weren’t involved in the planning of the invasion of the capital,” said Representative Ruben Gallego, a Democrat.
“I’m not necessarily going to say they should be thrown in jail, but if they were involved in planning the insurrection, then they should be held accountable. Anybody should be held accountable, and nobody should be beyond reproach at this point,” said Gallego.
Both Gosar and Biggs declined to comment to Arizona Family’s Washington Bureau this week.
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