WASHINGTON, D.C.—Jan. 6 organizer and “Stop the Steal” leader Ali Alexander appeared Thursday morning at a federal office building to be deposed by the House select committee tasked with investigating the Capitol riot.
By the end of Alexander’s eight-hour closed-door deposition, he left with more legal troubles on his hands than when he arrived—as two eager process servers affiliated with the same legal matter stood ready to hand-deliver him documents after he emerged from the deposition.
“Mr. Alexander, I have a summons for you. I have a summons for you,” one of the process servers said. “Please know this is a valid service of process.”
The far-right activist then made a beeline for his waiting ride while being tailed by the process server. “I have a summons for you. Please take it,” the server added, “or I’m just going to have to leave it on the hood of your car.”
Alexander replied to the prospects of the legal paperwork being left on the front hood of the vehicle, “That’s an Uber!”
Edward Caspar, senior counsel for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, confirmed to The Daily Beast on Friday morning that Alexander was served with legal documents pertaining to Smith v. Trump, a lengthy civil lawsuit naming the far-right activist. According to court documents, four previous attempts to have Alexander served were unsuccessful.
That lawsuit was initially filed by seven Capitol police officers back in August, alleging the defendants, including Alexander and former president Donald Trump, violated the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act protecting against violent acts interfering with congressional duties.
Then the Jan. 6 organizer’s lawyers, nearing the vehicle, stepped in. “What is that for?” one of Alexander’s lawyers asked the process server. “Don’t throw anything at him. Treat him with respect,” the attorney added. “I am asking you a question.”
Unfazed by the lawyer’s inquiries, the process server placed the legal documents inside the car after Alexander got in, adding, “You’ve been served, sir.”
Earlier Thursday afternoon, Alexander told The Daily Beast that he “respects the process” of the committee while declining to comment if he has been hiding out amid fallout from his participation on Jan 6.
Alexander’s eight-hour deposition at the Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Federal Building came to a close Thursday at 6 p.m. The deposition was the first public appearance the far-right activist has made in nearly a year, despite frequently partaking in unhinged calls with his supporters on Telegram during that time.
Joseph D. McBride, one of Alexander's lawyers who appeared with him Thursday at the closed-door deposition, told The Daily Beast on Friday that the document service was nothing more than a “dog and pony show” while claiming his client had already been served in regards to the legal matter. “Mr. Alexander has nothing to hide,” the attorney added.
Alexander did not return multiple requests for comment from The Daily Beast.