Jan. 6 Committee Could Soon Get Hold Of Alex Jones’ Text Messages

by | Aug 5, 2022 | Politics

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection could soon get hold of text messages from Alex Jones, the right-wing conspiracy theorist who is on trial this week for spreading lies about the Sandy Hook mass shooting.Mark Bankston, the lawyer representing two parents whose child was killed in the 2012 massacre, and sued Jones for defamation, on Thursday told a judge presiding over the trial he intends to turn over text messages he was accidentally sent by Jones’ attorneys.Advertisement“I am under request from various federal agencies and law enforcement to provide” the records, Bankston told Judge Maya Guerra Gamble, according to CNN. “Absent a ruling from you saying you cannot do that … I intend to do so immediately following this hearing.”Bankston said the records 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. They are not trade secrets,” Bankston said, according to The New York Times.While Bankston did not name every agency requesting the records, he said in court: “I’ve been asked by the January 6 committee to turn the documents over,” CNN reported.AdvertisementBankston on Wednesday said Jones’ attorneys “messed up,” and shared with him a digital copy of Jones’ cellphone, including every text message 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 that there is absolutely nothing, nothing, that Mr. Reynal has done to fulfill his obligations to protect his client and prevent me from doing that,” Bankston said of Jones’ attorney Andino Reynal. Reynal is requesting a mistrial over the records that ended up with the plaintiffs’ laywers, according to NPR.CNN reported Judge Gamble told Bankston to hold off from sharing the text messages while the court assesses an argument to stop them from being transferred to the committee.Jones was subpoenaed by the Jan. 6 committee in November 2021, along with Roger Stone, and other …

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