WASHINGTON — A lawyer for plaintiffs who’re suing the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Monday turned over greater than two years’ price of textual content messages from Mr. Jones’s telephone to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, together with messages that present Mr. Jones was in contact with allies of former President Donald J. Trump.
But the information don’t seem to embody textual content messages from the time most of curiosity to the committee: the day of Jan. 6, 2021, and the weeks build up to the assault, in accordance to folks accustomed to the doc manufacturing.
Though the telephone information was retrieved in mid-2021, the latest message is from mid-2020, in accordance to Mark Bankston, who represents Sandy Hook mother and father suing Mr. Jones for defamation for lies he unfold in regards to the 2012 faculty taking pictures. That time interval is earlier than Mr. Jones turned concerned in plans to amass a pro-Trump crowd in Washington to march on the Capitol as Mr. Trump fought to stay in workplace regardless of his defeat on the polls.
The textual content messages obtained by the committee on Monday — contained in a big file of paperwork and different data from Mr. Jones’s telephone — embody some that point out Mr. Jones was in contact with Trump allies, an individual accustomed to the messages mentioned.
Mr. Bankston has mentioned they included texts with the political operative Roger J. Stone Jr. Mr. Bankston obtained the telephone information from Mr. Jones’s attorneys, who had despatched it to him mistakenly.
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Of the almost 250 recipients of the texts, most are staff of Mr. Jones’s Infowars enterprise and contractors and members of his household, a few of whom are concerned in his firm.
In courtroom final week in Texas, Mr. Bankston mentioned he deliberate to flip over the texts to the committee, which had contacted him about acquiring them, except Judge Maya Guerra Gamble objected. Late on Friday, the choose mentioned she had no objection.
Mr. Bankston mentioned on the time that he had heard from “various federal agencies and law enforcement” in regards to the materials.
The House committee has been pushing to receive Mr. Jones’s texts for months, saying they could possibly be related to understanding his function in serving to set up the rally at the Ellipse close to the White House that preceded the riot. In November, the panel filed subpoenas to compel Mr. Jones’s testimony and communications associated to Jan. 6, together with his telephone data.
The committee additionally issued a subpoena for the communications of Timothy D. Enlow, who was working as Mr. Jones’s bodyguard on Jan. 6.
Mr. Jones and Mr. Enlow have filed swimsuit in an try to block the committee’s subpoenas. Mr. Jones finally appeared earlier than the panel in January and afterward mentioned he invoked his Fifth Amendment right in opposition to self-incrimination almost 100 occasions.
Even although Mr. Jones refused to share data with the committee, he mentioned the committee had already obtained textual content messages from him.
According to the Jan. 6 committee, Mr. Jones helped organize a donation from Julie Jenkins Fancelli, the heiress to the Publix Super Markets fortune, to present what he described as “80 percent” of the funding for the Jan. 6 rally and indicated that White House officers advised him that he was to lead a march to the Capitol, the place Mr. Trump would converse.
Mr. Jones and Mr. Stone additionally have been among the many group of Trump allies assembly in and round, or staying at, the (*6*), which some Trump advisers handled as a warfare room for his or her efforts to get members of Congress to object to the Electoral College certification.