Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall – the former longtime district attorney of Marshall County – found himself under fire last week after the group he reportedly heads had a role in the Trump march in Washington that turned into an assault on the Capitol building.
It was reported first by the Alabama Political Reporter and then got picked up by al.com. Marshall vowed a full investigation into just what happened and said decisions were made without his input.
According to al.com, Marshall heads the Rule of Law Defense Fund, said to be the “policy branch” of the Republican Attorney Generals Association. Both the Alabama Political Reporter and al.com said the Rule of Law Defense Fund put out a robocall telling people to “march to the Capitol building and call on Congress to stop the steal.” They cited another publication, Documented, which they said had a recording of the call.
Marshall released this statement as the stories broke:
“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. As I said yesterday, 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. 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.”
The RAGA named Marshall chairman of its policy branch in November, al.com said.
RAGA Executive Director Adam Piper also mentioned an unauthorized staff decision without being specific.
“The Republican Attorneys General Association and Rule of Law Defense Fund had no involvement in the planning, sponsoring, or the organization of yesterday’s rally,” Piper said. “No Republican AG authorized the staff’s decision to amplify a colleague speaking at the rally. Organizationally and individually, we strongly condemn and disavow the events which occurred. Yesterday was a dark day in American history and those involved in the violence and destruction of property must be prosecuted and held accountable.”
Marshall has taken part in some efforts to challenge the legitimacy of Joe Biden’s election. In December, he joined a lawsuit filed by the Texas attorney to contest Biden’s wins in four swing states – Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case.
When Marshall spoke at Alabama’s Electoral College voting ceremony at the State Capitol on Dec. 14, he said election results in some states were inconclusive, al.com reported.
The RAGA created the Rule of Law Defense Fund in 2014 to be a forum for conservative attorneys general to study important legal issues, according to the fund’s website. It is organized as a nonprofit under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.