WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol is seeking the text messages Alex Jones’ lawyer mistakenly sent to Mark Bankston.
- Bankston, a lawyer representing two parents who are suing Jones for defamation, said he received two years of Jones’ cell phone records.
- He said he plans to turn over the text messages to the Jan. 6 committee.
The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol is seeking two years of text messages from Alex Jones, Infowars’ broadcaster and conspiracy theorist. Mark Bankston, an attorney representing a pair of parents who are suing Jones, confirmed Thursday.
Bankston is the lawyer of Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, a student who was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. He told presiding Judge Maya Guerra Gamble that he is “under request from various federal agencies and law enforcement” to provide the records.
“Absent a ruling from you saying, ‘You cannot do that, Mr. Bankston,’ I intend to do so immediately,” Bankston said.
Bankston said he intended to give the records after receiving a request from the House panel though he has not yet received a subpoena for the records.
Jan. 6 committee member Rep. Zoe Lofgren told Sirius/XM in an interview set to air Friday that House investigators wanted to ask Jones for an interview and noted the new developments in his “communications.”
Jones’ “advocacy of violence … quite clearly played a role on the 6th,” Lofgren said. “We’d like to know more about it.”
On Wednesday, Bankston revealed in court that several weeks ago, Jones’ attorney, Andino Reynal, mistakenly sent him two years of his client’s cell phone records. The revelation prompted Reynal to file a request for a mistrial and ask Judge Gamble to order Bankston to return the documents and destroy what they kept.
Reynal said Jones’ legal team is “very concerned about the records that have been disclosed,” and specifically mentioned medical records that were included in the documents.
Bankston accused Reynal of putting a “fig leaf over his own malpractice” and “absolute breach of his duties to his own client.”
“They’re going to now,” she told Reynal. “They know about them, they know they exist, they know you have them. I think they’re going there either way.”
In 2018, Heslin and Lewis sued Jones for defamation. Jones has repeatedly claimed that the Sandy Hook massacre, which left 20 children and six adults dead, was a “giant hoax” and “false flag” devised by the “deep state” for more stringent gun laws. He has also said the families whose loved ones were killed in the massacre were government actors.
Jones on Tuesday conceded the shooting was “100% real.” The jury ordered Thursday that Jones pay Heslin and Lewis $4.1 million in compensatory damages.
Source: The New York Times