Aug 4, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Jan. 6 committee requests Alex Jones’ phone records, Sandy Hook attorney says

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones speaks on a megaphone to pro-Trump protestors after they stormed the grounds of the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Infowars founder Alex Jones addresses a crowd of pro-Trump protesters after they storm the grounds of the Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Photo: Jon Cherry via Getty Images

The Jan. 6 committee has requested records on Alex Jones’ phone as part of its investigation into the Capitol riot, AP reports.

Driving the news: Attorney Mark Bankston, who is representing the parents of a child killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting in Jones' ongoing trial, revealed Wednesday that Jones’ lawyer accidentally sent him several years’ worth of the conspiracy theorist's texts and emails.

  • The select committee has previously requested records and a deposition from Jones regarding his role in the pro-Trump rally that preceded the riot.
  • The committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment on its request for Jones' phone records.

Catch up quick: A Texas jury will decide how much Jones owes in damages to the victims’ parents for spreading the hoax.

  • Jones’ attorney, Andino Reynal, requested a mistrial after Bankston's revelation; his request was denied Thursday.
  • The judge told jurors that Jones' digital records were not "properly turned over when [they] should have been."

Flashback: In lawsuits brought by Sandy Hook parents, Jones has been found liable for defamation for repeatedly making false claims that the 2012 mass shooting was a hoax on his show Infowars.

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