January 6 panel requests texts by Alex Jones

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An attorney representing two parents who sued conspiracy theorist Alex Jones over his false claims about the Sandy Hook massacre said Thursday the U.S. House Jan. 6 committee asked two years of records on Jones’ phone.

Attorney Mark Bankston said in court that the committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol had requested the digital recordings.

The House committee did not immediately return a request for comment.

A day earlier, Bankston revealed in court that Jones’ lawyer had mistakenly sent Bankston the past two years’ text messages from Jones’ cell phone.


Jones’ attorney, Andino Reynal, sought a mistrial for mistransferring records and said they should have been returned and all copies destroyed.

He accused the Bankston of trying to perform “for a national audience”. Reynal said the material included a six-month text message review copy, from late 2019 through the first quarter of 2020.

Attorneys for Sandy Hook’s parents said they followed Texas civil rules of evidence and that Jones’ attorneys missed their chance to properly request the return of the records.

“Mr Reynal is using a fig leaf (to cover up) his own malpractice,” Bankston said.

Bankston said the records mistakenly sent to him included medical records from plaintiffs in other lawsuits against Jones.

“Mr. Jones and his intimate messages with Roger Stone are unprotected,” Bankston said, referring to former President Donald Trump’s longtime ally.

Rolling Stone, citing unnamed sources, reported late Wednesday that the Jan. 6 committee was preparing to request the data from the parents’ attorneys to help investigate the deadly riot.

A jury in Austin, Texas is deciding how much Jones should pay the parents of a child killed in the 2012 school massacre due to repeated false claims by Infowars that the shooting was a hoax created by gun control advocates.

Last month, the House Jan. 6 committee showed graphic and violent text messages and released videos of right-wing figures, including Jones, and others swearing Jan. 6 would be the day they would fight for Trump.

The Jan. 6 committee first subpoenaed Jones in November, demanding a deposition and documents related to his efforts to spread misinformation about the 2020 election and a rally on the day of the attack.

In the subpoena, Rep. Bennie Thompson, the Democratic chairman, said Jones helped organize the Jan. 6 rally at the Ellipse that preceded the uprising. He also wrote that Jones repeatedly promoted Trump’s false claims of voter fraud, urged his listeners to come to Washington for the rally, and march from the Ellipse to the Capitol. Thompson also wrote that Jones “made statements implying that you were aware of President Trump’s plans for the rally.”

The nine-member panel was particularly interested in what Jones said shortly after Trump’s now infamous tweet on December 19, 2020, in which he told his followers to “be there, it’ll be wild!” January 6th.

“You went on InfoWars the same day and called the tweet ‘One of the most historic events in American history,'” the letter continues.

In January, Jones was deposed by the committee in an hour-long virtual meeting in which he said he had exercised his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination “almost 100 times.”

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Associated Press reporter Farnoush Amiri contributed to this report from Washington, D.C.

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