Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), one of the members of Congress to object to electoral votes on Jan. 6, on Friday refuted allegations that he organized and encouraged the storming of the Capitol Building on Jan. 6, noting that some media are “generating ever-more-sensational lies” about him.
“Since January 6, many on the Left and in the media have claimed that I:
- organized the peaceful rally of January 6, planned the unlawful riots that took place,
- led reconnaissance tours of the U.S. Capitol to those scheming to riot,
- funded the rally and the riot.
“All of those allegations are false. I have publicly denied all them,” Biggs said in a statement.
“I believed that when they heard the truth, honest reporters would stop writing untruths. I was wrong. The reality is that there are few honest reporters remaining, and Leftists do not care about the truth,” he said. “For them, the ends justify the means. The media has buried my statements, ignored the evidence, and is instead generating ever-more-sensational lies about me.”
Campaign for Accountability, a left-wing government watchdog group, on Friday filed a complaint calling on Congress to investigate Biggs, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), and Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) for violating federal law by allegedly “inciting a riot” on Jan. 6.
Biggs, Gosar, and Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala), who all objected to the counting of electoral votes, have been under attack since Stop the Steal organizer Ali Alexander claimed in a video that the legislators assisted in the coordination of the Jan. 6 Capitol protest as Congress voted to certify the electoral votes.
But Biggs said in a statement that he had “no idea” why Alexander named him, and that he had nothing to do with organizing or planning the gathering at the Capitol. He said that he had never contacted Alexander in any way and did not premeditate a riot.
Campaign for Accountability cited Alexander playing a video of Biggs at an Arizona protest on Dec. 19 in which Biggs asks Trump supporters to “keep fighting” for transparency around the allegations of election fraud.
The NGO said that after playing the video, Alexander told the crowd “we are all marching to D.C. on January the 6th, and we are going to plop our asses on the U.S. Capitol with or without a permit. … And those members of Congress will hear from us after they exit that chamber January 6th.”
Biggs’s spokesman, Daniel Stefanski, said Biggs had provided the video to one of Gosar’s aides at their request. Biggs did not mention Alexander during his remarks, according to The Arizona Republic.
“In sum: All of the allegations are false. I do not know why the rumors started, why the media has repeatedly ignored the evidence, or how to state the truth more clearly.” Biggs said in his statement on Friday.
“This situation is typical of many false news stories that the press ‘reported’ against former President Trump, the most famous of which was the Russia hoax,” he added.
Biggs told The Hill that he and his family as well as other Congress members have faced death threats since the allegations against him began.