AUSTIN, Texas — An attorney representing two parents who have sued conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for his false claims about the Sandy Hook massacre said Thursday that the House of Jan. 6 committee had two years of records of Jones’ phone requested.
Attorney Mark Bankston told the court that the committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol requested the digital records.
The House Committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
One day earlier, Bankston revealed in court that Jones’ attorney Bankston had mistakenly sent texts from Jones’ cell phone for the past two years.
Jones’ attorney, Andino Reynal, sought a court hearing over the mistaken transfer of records, saying they should have been returned and all copies destroyed.
He accused the Bankston of attempting to perform “for a national audience.” Reynal said the footage contained a review copy of text messages spanning six months 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 seek the return of the records.
“Mr Reynal is using a fig leaf (to cover) for his own wrongdoing,” Bankston said.
Bankston said the documents that were sent to him in error included some medical records of plaintiffs in other lawsuits against Jones.
“Mr. Jones and his intimate messages with Roger Stone are not protected,” Bankston said, referring to former President Donald Trump’s longtime ally.
Rolling Stone, citing unnamed sources, reported On Wednesday night, the January 6 committee was preparing to request the data from the parents’ lawyers 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 shooting because Infowars repeatedly makes false claims that the shooting was a hoax created by gun control advocates.
Last month, the House Committee of January 6th showed graphic and violent text messages and played videos of right-wing people, including Jonesand others vowed that January 6th would be the day they would fight for Trump.
The Committee of January 6th first subpoenaed Jones in November, demanding a statement 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 Democrat leader, said Jones helped organize the Jan. 6 rally in the Ellipse that preceded the riot. He also wrote that Jones had repeatedly promoted Trump’s false claims of voter fraud and urged his listeners to go to the Washington 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 regarding the rally.”
The panel of nine was particularly interested in what Jones said shortly after Trump’s now infamous December 19, 2020 tweet telling his supporters, “Be there, will be wild!” on January 6.
“They went to InfoWars the same day and called the tweet ‘One of the most historic events in American history,'” the letter continued.
In January, Jones was removed from the committee in an hour-long virtual meeting, where he said he had exercised his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination “nearly 100 times.”
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/jan-6-panel-asked-alex-jones-texts-sandy-hook-attorney-says-rcna41578 Jan. 6 panel asked for lyrics by Alex Jones, Sandy Hook’s attorney says