Rep. Andy Biggs denies allegations that he helped organize Capitol insurrection

Rep. Andy Biggs denies allegations that he helped organize Capitol insurrection

Rep.
Andy
Biggs,
R-Ariz., denied
any
part
in
organizing
the

mob
attack
on
the
U.S.
Capitol
earlier
this
month
that
left
five
people
dead,
saying
the
allegations
against
him
are
an
“assault
on
my
reputation.” 

Self-proclaimed
right-wing
activist Ali
Alexander,
in
a
video
posted
to
social
media
at
the
end
of
December,
claimed
that
he
and Reps.
Biggs, Paul
Gosar,
R-Ariz.,
and
Mo
Brooks,
R-Ala.
worked
together
to
organize
the
Jan.
6
“Stop
the
Steal”
rally.

The
crowd
of
thousands
was
addressed
by
President
Trump,
who
urged
them
to
“fight”
and
march
to the
Capitol.
The
goal
of
the
rally
was to
pressure
Congress
to
vote
against
certifying
the
results
of
the
election
for
Joe Biden. 

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“We
four
schemed
up
of
putting
maximum
pressure
on
Congress
while
they
were
voting
so
that

we
could
change
the
hearts
and
the
minds
of
Republicans
who
were
in
that
body
hearing
our
loud
roar
from
outside,”
Alexander
said
in
the
now-deleted
video
that
was
archived
and
reported
by
Jason
Paladino,
a
reporter from
The
Intercept. 

Biggs
said
in
a
statement
Friday
that
he
has
“no
idea”
why
Alexander
would
make
such
claims,
insisting
that
“all
of
the
allegations
are
false.” 

Biggs
said “many
on
the
left”
have
accused
him
of playing
a
role
in planning
and
funding
the
rally
and
insurrection
— even
leading
reconnaissance
tours
of
the
Capitol
prior
to
the
riot.

The
congressman
insisted
he
was

not
aware
of
the
planned
demonstrations
or
riot on
Jan.
6.

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ACCUSED
OF
CARRYING
TASER
DURING
CAPITOL
ATTACK
APPEARS
IN
COURT

Even
after
the
violent
storming
of
the
Capitol —
which disrupted the
joint
session
of
Congress
and
forced lawmakers
into
hiding
— Biggs
and
Gosar
refused
to
certify
Arizona’s
11
electoral
votes
for
Biden. 

Biggs
denied
having
had
any
contact
with
Alexanderm
either
by “phone,
text,
social
media
or
email.”
He
added
in
his
statement
that
the
“lies”
have
“resulted
in
death
threats
against
my
family
and
me,
as
well
as
several
other
conservative
Members
of
Congress
who’ve
been
similarly
defamed.”  

Alexander
could
not
be
immediately
reached
for
comment. 

Biggs
has
been
castigated
by
his
own
family

his
two
brothers
lambasted
him
over
his
efforts
to
cast
doubt
about
Biden’s
victory
in
the
election.
The siblings
wrote
in
a
letter
to
the
Arizona
Republic
that
Biggs
is
“at
least
partially
to
blame”
for
the
insurrection
that
left
five
people
dead.

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The

Arizona
Republican
Party
in
early
December
also
raised
eyebrows
in
light
of
the
Capitol
riot,
after
they
retweeted
a
post
from
Alexander
who
wrote,
“I
am
willing
to
give
my
life
for
this
fight.” 

The
state
GOP
tweeted:  “He
is.
Are
you?” 

Democrats
have
urged
FBI
Director
Christopher
Wray
and
Acting
U.S.
Attorney
General
Jeffrey
Rosen
to
investigate
the
role
of
elected
officials
in
the
uprising,
including
Biggs,
Gosar,
Arizona
state
Rep.
Mark
Finchem
and
former
state
Rep.
Anthony
Kern.

A government
watchdog
group
has
urged
the
House
Office
of
Congressional
Ethics
to
investigate
Biggs
and
other
lawmakers
for
possible involvement
in the
insurrection.

Vandana
Rambaran
is
a
reporter
covering
news
and
politics
at
foxnews.com.
She
can
be
found
on
Twitter
@vandanarambaran

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