The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising may soon get text messages from Alex Jones, the right-wing conspiracy theorist who is on trial this week for spreading lies about the mass shooting of Sandy Hook.
Mark Bankston, the lawyer representing two parents whose child was killed in the 2012 massacre, and sued Jones for defamation, told a presiding judge on Thursday that he intended to hand over the text messages that Jones’ lawyers had accidentally sent it to him.
“I’m being asked by various federal agencies and law enforcement to provide” the records, Bankston told Judge Maya Guerra Gamble, according to CNN. “Absent a decision from you that you cannot do this…I intend to do so immediately after this hearing.”
Bankston said the recordings included texts Jones had exchanged with Republican political strategist and Donald Trump ally Roger Stone.
“Things like Mr. Jones and his intimate messages with Roger Stone are not confidential. These are not trade secrets,” Bankston said, according to The New York Times.
Although Bankston did not name all of the agencies requesting the records, he said in court, “The January 6 committee asked me to turn over the records,” CNN reported.
Bankston said Wednesday that Jones’ lawyers “got it wrong” and shared a digital copy of Jones’ cellphone with him, including all of the text messages the Infowars host has sent over the past two years. Bankston told the court Jones’ attorneys did not assert privilege over the records.
“I believe there is absolutely nothing, nothing, that Mr. Reynal has done to fulfill his obligations to protect his client and prevent me from doing so,” Bankston said of Jones’ attorney, Andino Reynal.
Reynal is seeking a mistrial on the records that ended up with the plaintiffs’ attorneys, according to NPR.
CNN reported that Judge Gamble told Bankston to refrain from sharing the text messages while the court weighs an argument to prevent them from being transferred to the committee.
Jones was subpoenaed by the January 6 committee in November 2021, along with Roger Stone and others involved in organizing rallies challenging the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
“We need to know who organized, planned, paid for, and received funds related to these events, as well as the communications the organizers had with White House and congressional officials,” said committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said in a statement at the time.
While Jones and his security guard, who were also subpoenaed by the committee for his own phone records, filed a lawsuit challenging the committee’s request in December 2021, Jones appeared before the committee a month later. late.
Jones told his show that he provided “unofficial testimony” to the Jan. 6 panel in January, adding that he answered most questions by invoking the Fifth Amendment, according to Politico.
Jones recalled that Jan. 6 investigators were in possession of text messages he exchanged with Caroline Wren and Cindy Chafian, who both held a rally for Donald Trump on Jan. 5, Politico reported.
Jones was ordered to pay more than $4 million on Thursday to the parents of a child killed in Sandy Hook, and the jury will reconvene on Friday to determine what the Infowars host will have to pay in punitive damages.
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