Alex Jones texts could be handed over to Jan. 6 panel, lawyer says


WASHINGTON — The attorney for the plaintiffs suing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones said Thursday he plans to turn over two years of text messages from Mr. Jones’ phone to the House committee investigating the 6 January against the Capitol.

Lawyer, Mark Bankston, who is representing Sandy Hook parents suing Mr Jones in defamation suits over lies he spread about the 2012 school shooting, told the Austin court , in Texas, that he planned to hand over the texts unless a judge ordered it. do not do it.

“I certainly intend to do this, unless you tell me not to,” Mr Bankston told the judge, Maya Guerra Gamble, who appeared unresponsive to requests from Mr Jones’ lawyers. wanting Mr. Bankston to return the documents to them.

When the lawyers raised the possibility that the texts could be subpoenaed by the committee, the judge replied: “They will now. They know them. »

A person familiar with the work of the House committee said the panel had been in contact with the plaintiffs’ attorneys to obtain material from Mr Jones’ phone.

Mr Bankston said in court that lawyers for Mr Jones mistakenly sent him text messages from Mr Jones, as they tried to defend him in court for spreading conspiracy theories that the shooting of Sandy Hook was a hoax and the families were actors.

Mr. Bankston said they included texts with political operative Roger J. Stone Jr. Mr. Bankston said he had heard from “various federal agencies and law enforcement agencies” about the material.

“Things like Mr. Jones and his intimate messages with Roger Stone are not confidential. These are not trade secrets,” Mr. Bankston said.

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol has been pushing for Mr. Jones’s texts for months, saying they may be relevant to understanding Mr. Jones’ role in the attack. organization of the rally at the Ellipse near the White House before the riot. . In November, the panel filed subpoenas to compel testimony and communications from Mr. Jones related to Jan. 6, including his phone records.

The committee also issued a subpoena for communications from Timothy D. Enlow, who worked as Mr. Jones’ bodyguard on January 6.

In response, Mr. Jones and Mr. Enlow filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block the committee’s subpoenas. Mr Jones finally appeared before the panel in January and later said he had invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination almost 100 times.

“I have just had a very intense experience being questioned by the lawyers of the January 6 committee,” he said at the time. “They were polite, but they were stubborn.”

Although Mr Jones declined to share information with the committee, he said investigators appeared to have found ways around his lack of cooperation. He said the committee had already obtained text messages from him.

“They have everything already on my phones and everything,” he said. “I saw my text messages” with political organizers linked to the January 6 rally.

According to the January 6 committee, Mr Jones facilitated a donation from Julie Jenkins Fancelli, the heiress to the Publix Super Markets fortune, to provide what he described as ‘80%’ of the funding for the January 6 rally. and said White House officials told him he needed to lead a march to the Capitol, where Mr. Trump would speak.

Mr. Jones and Mr. Stone were among the group of Trump allies who gathered in and around, or stayed at, the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, which some Trump aides saw as a war room for their efforts aimed at getting members of Congress to oppose the election. University certification, which was taking place when the riot overwhelmed the building.

Mr. Jones conducted an interview with Michael T. Flynn, who briefly served as Mr. Trump’s national security adviser, from Willard on Jan. 5 in which the men spread the false narrative of a stolen election.

Mr Jones was then seen among the crowd of Mr Trump supporters the following day, amplifying false claims but also at times urging the crowd to be peaceful. Among those who marched alongside him to the Capitol was Ali Alexander, a promoter of the “Stop the Steal” effort who also received a subpoena.

“The White House said to me three days ago, ‘We’re going to have you lead the march,'” Mr Jones said on his internet show the day after the riot. “Trump will tell people, ‘Come on, and I’ll meet you on Capitol Hill.'”

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