Head of Republican attorneys general group resigns amid Capitol robocall controversy

Adam Piper resigns after initially denying allegations

By: - January 12, 2021 3:57 pm

Members of the mob supporting Donald Trump destroy media equipment during an attack on the U.S. Capitol Wednesday (photo by Alex Kent)

The executive director of the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) resigned Monday after news outlets exposed that the association played a part in organizing Wednesday’s rally that turned into a riotous mob that ransacked the U.S. Capitol and directly led to five deaths.

Executive Director Adam Piper submitted his resignation after initially denying his organization had any connection with the rally. Piper spent four years with the association, which represents GOP attorneys general in 25 states, according to NBC News.

As previously reported by the Illuminator, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry served as the Republican attorneys general’s group 2020 chairman and a co-director of its fundraising arm, the Rule of Law Defense Fund, which recruited Trump supporters to attend Wednesday’s event with robocalls that said, in part, “At 1:00 p.m., we will march to the Capitol building and call on Congress to ‘stop the steal.'”

Though he didn’t respond to the Illuminator’s request for comment, Landry, a loyal Trump supporter who signed onto a lawsuit that sought to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential Election, told New Orleans television station WDSU that he was unaware of the robocalls summoning so-called “patriots” to the Capitol.

Landry condemned the violence: “I was absolutely outraged that individuals would break into our nation’s Capitol in an attempt to interrupt the work of Congress then wreak havoc and destruction. I am deeply disturbed by the loss of life.”

In a statement Friday, the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) strongly criticized its Republican counterpart and called on GOP attorneys general to break from the group.

“Current and former Republican AGs have been directly involved with efforts to undermine the results of the 2020 presidential election, and now the party of so-called ‘law and order’ played a role in recruiting the domestic terrorists who breached the U.S. Capitol to attack Vice President Mike Pence for doing his Constitutionally-mandated job to certify the Electoral College,” the statement read.

“It is not enough for Republican Attorneys General to denounce the violence at the Capitol,” the Democratic group of AGs said. “They must publicly distance themselves from the Republican Attorneys General Association and its leadership. And we encourage any individual and entities financially-backing the committee to abstain from further supporting an organization that makes such a mockery of the rule of law and our beloved democracy. Leadership requires taking responsibility for your actions. It’s now or never.”

Landry’s statement to the New Orleans television station, denouncing the violence but not taking any responsibility for it and not addressing President Donald Trump’s role in inciting the mob, aligns with statements from other Republican attorneys general published collectively on the Republican Attorneys General Association website.  The website includes written statements from AGs in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah  and West Virginia, but there’s not one from Landry.



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Wesley Muller
Wesley Muller

Wes Muller traces his journalism roots back to 1997 when, at age 13, he built and launched a hyper-local news website for his New Orleans neighborhood. In the years since then, he has freelanced for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans and worked on staff at the Sun Herald in Biloxi, WAFB-9News CBS in Baton Rouge, and the Enterprise-Journal in McComb, Mississippi. He also taught English as an adjunct instructor at Baton Rouge Community College. Among his recognitions are McClatchy's National President's Award, the Associated Press Freedom of Information Award, and the Daniel M. Phillips Freedom of Information Award from the Mississippi Press Association. Muller is an alumnus of Jesuit High School and the University of New Orleans and is a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper. He lives in Louisiana with his wife and two sons.