On July 12, the House Select Committee looking into the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 plays a video of Alex Jones. Hide caption by Jacquelyn Martin for AP
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On July 12, the House Select Committee looking into the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 plays a video of Alex Jones.
AUSTIN, Texas Jacquelyn Martin/AP The U.S. House Jan. 6 committee has sought two years’ worth of documents from conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ phone, according to an attorney for two parents who sued Jones for his erroneous claims about the Sandy Hook massacre.
The committee looking into the attack on the US Capitol has demanded the digital data, according to attorney Mark Bankston in court.
Requests for comments from the House committee were not immediately answered.
NATIONAL The previous day, Bankston disclosed in court that Jones’ attorney had unintentionally forwarded to Bankston all of Jones’ text messages over the previous two years.
Because the data were transferred in error, Jones’ attorney Andino Reynal asked for a mistrial and claimed that any copies of the original documents should have been destroyed.
The Bankston, according to him, was attempting to perform “for a national audience.” Reynal stated that the materials contained a review copy of text messages from late 2019 through the first quarter of 2020 spread over a period of six months.
The Sandy Hook parents’ legal representatives said that they adhered to Texas’ civil rules of evidence and that Jones’ legal representatives missed their opportunity to appropriately request the return of the information.
A NATIONAL LAWYER FOR THE SANDY HOOK FAMILY SAYS HE HAD ACCESS TO ALEX JONES’ TEXT MESSAGES FOR TWO YEARS. A LAWYER FOR THE SANDY HOOK FAMILY SAYS HE WAS GIVEN TWO YEARS’ WORTH OF ALEX JONES’ TEXT MESSAGES. Iframe code: andlt; “https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1115456019/1115456020 width size=”100%” hei “ht=”290″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no” NPR audio player embedded title Transcript for andgt
Mr. Reynal is employing a fig leaf to conceal his own negligence, according to Bankston.
Bankston claimed that some medical records of plaintiffs in other lawsuits against Jones were included in the records that were unintentionally given to him.
Bankston referred to longstanding supporter of former president Donald Trump as “Mr. Jones” and added, “Mr. Jones and his intimate messages with Roger Stone are not protected.”
According to unnamed sources cited by Rolling Stone on Wednesday night, the committee for the Jan. 6 riot was getting ready to ask the parents’ lawyers for information to aid in their probe.
Because of Infowars’ repeated false statements that the shooting was a hoax perpetrated by proponents of gun control, a jury in Austin, Texas, is currently deliberating on how much Jones should pay to the parents of a child slain in the 2012 school shooting.
The House Jan. 6 committee exhibited footage of right-wing personalities, including Jones, pledging to support Trump on Jan. 6 and displayed graphic and violent text messages last month.
In November, the Jan. 6 committee served Jones with a subpoena seeking a deposition and documents pertaining to his efforts to smear the 2020 race and a demonstration on the day of the attack.
Rep. Bennie Thompson, the Democratic chairman, said in the subpoena letter that Jones was involved in planning the Ellipse demonstration on January 6 that before the uprising. He added that Jones frequently encouraged his listeners to attend Trump’s event in Washington and march from the Ellipse to the Capitol while promoting his phony claims of election fraud. Jones “made statements implying that you had knowledge about the plans of President Trump with respect to the event,” Thompson continued, adding.
The remarks Jones made shortly after Trump’s now-famous Dec. 19, 2020, tweet in which he urged his supporters to “be there, will be wild!” on Jan. 6, piqued the nine-member panel’s curiosity.
The letter added, “You dubbed the tweet ‘One of the most significant moments in American history’ on InfoWars that same day.
In a virtual conference that lasted hours and during which Jones claimed to have used his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination “nearly 100 times,” the committee deposed him in January.