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Lawyer Says He Intends to Give Alex Jones’s Texts to House Jan. 6 Panel

WASHINGTON — The lawyer for plaintiffs who’re suing the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones mentioned Thursday that he plans to flip over two years of textual content messages from Mr. Jones’s telephone to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol.

The lawyer, Mark Bankston, who represents Sandy Hook dad and mom suing Mr. Jones in defamation lawsuits for lies he had unfold in regards to the 2012 college taking pictures, mentioned in court docket in Austin, Texas, that he deliberate to flip over the texts except a choose instructed him not to achieve this.

“I certainly intend to do that, unless you tell me not to,” Mr. Bankston advised the choose, Maya Guerra Gamble, who appeared unsympathetic to requests from Mr. Jones’s legal professionals that Mr. Bankston return the supplies to them.

When legal professionals raised the likelihood that the texts might be subpoenaed by the committee, the choose replied, “They’re going to now. They know about them.”

An individual acquainted with the House committee’s work mentioned the panel had been in contact with the plaintiffs’ legal professionals about acquiring supplies from Mr. Jones’s telephone.

Mr. Bankston mentioned in court docket that Mr. Jones’s legal professionals mistakenly despatched him textual content messages from Mr. Jones, as they tried to defend him in court docket for broadcasting conspiracy theories that the Sandy Hook taking pictures was a hoax and that the households had been actors.

Mr. Bankston mentioned they included texts with the political operative Roger J. Stone Jr. Mr. Bankston mentioned he had heard from “various federal agencies and law enforcement” in regards to the materials.

“Things like Mr. Jones and his intimate messages with Roger Stone are not confidential. They are not trade secrets,” Mr. Bankston mentioned.

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol has been pushing to receive Mr. Jones’s texts for months, saying they might be related to understanding Mr. Jones’s function in serving to arrange the rally on the Ellipse close to the White House earlier than 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.

In response, Mr. Jones and Mr. Enlow sued 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 proper in opposition to self-incrimination practically 100 occasions.

“I just had a very intense experience being interrogated by the Jan. 6 committee lawyers,” he mentioned on the time. “They were polite, but they were dogged.”

Even although Mr. Jones refused to share info with the committee, he mentioned the investigators appeared to have discovered methods round his lack of cooperation. He mentioned the committee had already obtained textual content messages from him.

“They have everything that’s already on my phones and things,” he mentioned. “I saw my text messages” with political organizers tied to the Jan. 6 rally.

According to the Jan. 6 committee, Mr. Jones facilitated 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 had been among the many group of Trump allies meeting in and round, or staying at, the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, which some Trump advisers handled as a conflict room for his or her efforts to get members of Congress to object to the Electoral College certification, which was happening when the riot swamped the constructing.

Mr. Jones performed an interview with Michael T. Flynn, who served briefly as nationwide safety adviser to Mr. Trump, from the Willard on Jan. 5 by which the boys unfold the false narrative of a stolen election.

Mr. Jones was then seen among the many crowd of Mr. Trump’s supporters the subsequent day, amplifying false claims but additionally at occasions urging the group to be peaceable. Among those that marched alongside him to the Capitol was Ali Alexander, a promoter of the “Stop the Steal” effort who has additionally been issued a subpoena.

“The White House told me three days before, ‘We’re going to have you lead the march,’” Mr. Jones mentioned on his web present the day after the riot. “Trump will tell people, ‘Go, and I’m going to meet you at the Capitol.’”

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