Alabama AG says group’s involvement in march at Capitol wasn’t authorized

Alabama AG says group’s involvement in march at Capitol wasn’t authorized
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said he was never informed about the Rule of Law Defense Fund’s involvement in the riots at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said he was never informed about the Rule of Law Defense Fund’s involvement in the protest in Washington Wednesday that preceded the riot at the U.S. Capitol.

The Rule of Law Defense Fund, or RLDF, is connected to the Republican Attorneys General Association.

Documented, which identifies itself as a watchdog group, reported that the RLDF helped organize the march that led to the storming of the Capitol. The group reportedly appeared in a list of groups participating in the “March to Save America.” The list has since been removed.

According to Documented, RLDF sent out a robocall with information about the protest.

Marshall was recently elected chairman of the RLDF. He said it was unacceptable he was not informed about the decision and directed a review.

“I was unaware of unauthorized decisions made by RLDF staff with regard to this week’s rally. Despite currently transitioning into my role as the newly elected chairman of RLDF, it is unacceptable that I was neither consulted about nor informed of those decisions. I have directed an internal review of this matter,” Marshall said in a statement.

“As I’ve previously stated, I condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the actions of those who attempted to storm the U.S. Capitol, a place where passionate but peaceful protestors had gathered and lawmakers debated inside,” Marshall said. “Our country is built upon the foundation of the rule of law. American democracy guarantees the right of peaceful protest. Those who chose to engage in violence and anarchy should and will be held accountable under the law.”

Wednesday, a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol as Congress was in the process of certifying the Electoral College votes. Five people died, one of them was a Capitol Police officer.

Thursday morning, Congress finished certifying the votes, confirming President-elect Joe Biden’s win.

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