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Alex Jones, left, founder of Infowars and right-wing conspiracy theorist; and Roger Stone, right, a close adviser to Donald Trump.At left, Briana Sanchez/AP. On the right, Julio Cortez/AP.

  • The January 6 committee will receive texts that Alex Jones and Roger Stone have sent to each other over the past two years.

  • The texts will be meaningful, given the two friends’ key roles in the “Stop the Steal” rallies.

  • The texts only surfaced because Jones’ attorneys accidentally pressed send an email.

Twitter was delighted to learn this week that two years of text messages from Infowars founder Alex Jones were accidentally leaked by his own attorneys and will soon be in the hands of the House Jan. 6 committee.

The huge cache – totaling 2.3 gigabytes of mistakenly transferred evidence – includes Jones’ “intimate messages” with his good friend Roger Stone, the news of which inspired tweets like “Well here’s lunch. And probably the having dinner.”

But given the outsized roles of Jones and Stone in the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, getting candid exchanges between the two voter fraud and conspiracy theorists is a huge development as the House Select Committee continues its work. .

The text messages could provide coveted evidence about Jones and Stone’s roles in the Capitol attack. The two became friends after meeting at an event in Dallas in 2013 marking the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination.

A longtime Trump ally, Stone has repeatedly spread the then-president’s unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud. He helped plan and spoke at “Stop the Steal” rallies while closing in on the extremists who later stormed the Capitol.

Jones, whose Sandy Hook libel trial is now ending in his hometown of Austin, Texas, had an even bigger mouthpiece, using Infowars to spread Trump’s call to fight the “stolen” election. to its millions of listeners.

Jones also helped secure at least $650,000 in funding for DC rallies that were quickly planned in response to Trump’s call to action on Twitter, The New York Times reported in March.

On the eve of the riot, Jones was at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, the command center where key Trump allies, including Rudy Giuliani, Steve Bannon and John Eastman, met to strategize. And on January 6 itself, Jones marched from the Ellipse to the Capitol alongside Ali Alexander, another far-right provocateur.

Jones bragged on Infowars that he was front row at the Jan. 6 rally – and claimed he had been hired by “the White House” to lead the march to the Capitol.

Jones and Stone’s pre-rally texts could shed some light on all of this activity, and they could have direct implications for Trump.

Trump reportedly made phone calls to yet-to-be-identified allies at the Willard on the eve of the riot, and as revealed during the July 13 televised committee hearing, Trump personally wanted speakers at the rally to include Jones. .

“He likes crazy people,” like Jones and Alexander, despite “red flags,” Katrina Pierson, a former Trump aide, told the committee.

“He liked people who violently defended him in public,” Pierson said.

Another reason their texts matter: Jones and Stone have so far been less cooperative with investigators.

Stone declined to answer questions when he appeared for 90 minutes before the January 6 committee in December.

Investigators could not ask him about communications related to the rally with Trump, or a chat group called “Friends of Stone,” where he communicated with the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, the committee said.

Jones bragged on Infowars that he argued the Fifth Amendment more than 100 times rather than answer questions from the committee.

And like his friend Stone, Jones also had ties to both extremist groups.

Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes was a frequent Infowars guest, and Florida-based Proud Boys frontman Joseph Biggs, who was reportedly a key player in the riot, is a former Infowars employee.

Both Rhodes and Biggs are in federal prisons awaiting trial on charges of seditious conspiracy, claiming they conspired with other members of their groups to violently halt the counting of electoral votes on January 6.

For now, Stone countered on Truth Social that there was no “matrial J6” – his misspelling – in Alex Jones’s lyrics.

“The FBI and DOJ saw my text messages with Alex Jones a long time ago,” Stone wrote Thursday. “Nothing inappropriate or ‘intimate’ about them. Alex Jones was a loyal friend throughout the Soviet-style show trial I was subjected to by Mueller as well as my wife’s battle with the cancer.”

Meanwhile, Jones has more immediate concerns about the 2.3 gigabytes of text messages – the threat of perjury charges and up to 10 years in a Texas prison, based on the outcome of his Sandy defamation lawsuit. Hook.

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