A lawyer representing two parents who sued Alex Jones revealed that Jones’ lawyer mistakenly sent him texts from Jones’ cell phone for the past two years.
AUSTIN, Texas — An attorney for the parents of a child killed in the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre, who is suing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for his false claims about the attack, said Thursday that the U.S. House of Representatives committee of March 6 January demanded two years of records from Jones’ phone.
Attorney Mark Bankston told the Texas court, where Jones is on trial to determine how much he owes for the parents’ defamation, that the committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 riot in the US Capitol requested the digital records Has. He later said out of court that he planned to honor the request.
A spokesman for the committee declined to comment Thursday.
As Jones testified at Wednesday’s trial, Bankston revealed that Andino Reynal, the Infowars host’s lead attorney, mistakenly sent him texts from Jones’ cell phone for the past two years.
Reynal asked Judge Maya Guerra Gamble to launch a jury trial over the mistaken transmission of recordings, saying they should have been returned and all copies destroyed. Gamble denied the request.
Reynal also accused Bankston of trying to perform “for a national audience.” He said the footage contained a review copy of text messages spanning six months from late 2019 through the first quarter of 2020.
Bankston said his team followed Texas civil rules of evidence and that Jones’ attorneys missed their chance to properly request the return of the documents.
“Mr. Reynal uses a fig leaf (to cover it) for his own wrongdoing,” Bankston said.
He 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 reported Wednesday night, citing unnamed sources, that the Jan. 6 committee was preparing to subpoena data from the parents’ lawyers to help investigate the deadly riot.
Bankston said outside of court Thursday that the committee requested the phone records but did not subpoena them. He also said he was not yet familiar with everything that was in the records, including whether they contained any information the committee was seeking because they contained so much information.
“We don’t know the full scope and breadth (yet),” Bankston said. “We’ve certainly seen text messages from 2019. … In terms of what everything is on this phone, it’s going to take a while to figure that out.”
“The January 6th committee has no more information on what is on this phone than I do. I don’t know if it even covers the period they’re interested in,” he said
Jones did not attend Thursday’s court hearing. But on his Infowars show on Thursday, he said the recordings were from a year before Jan. 6 and were “unrelated.”
“And if anything, I say more radical things on the air than I do in text messages. And the idea that there is any kind of criminal activity there is absurd,” he said.
The Austin jury is deciding how much Jones should pay the parents of a child killed in the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, because he and Infowars repeatedly made false claims that the shooting was a hoax sponsored by gun control advocates was created. Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents suing Jones, are seeking at least $150 million in damages.
Last month, the January 6 Committee displayed graphic and violent text messages and played videos of right-wing figures, including Jones and others, vowing that January 6 would be the day they would fight for Trump.
The committee first summoned Jones in November, demanding testimony 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 Washington for the rally and march from the Ellipse to the Capitol. Thompson also wrote that Jones “made statements to imply 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 during an hour-long virtual meeting at which he said he had exercised his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination “nearly 100 times.”
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