The Jan. 6 committee has possession of two years of text messages from conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, according to a report Monday from CNN. The messages were recently revealed during a defamation case brought against Jones over his comments that the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, was a hoax.
Mark Bankston, the lawyer for Sandy Hook parents Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin, reportedly turned over the text messages to the committee after the civil trial against Jones concluded last week.
A jury in Austin, Texas, had ordered Jones to pay $4.1 million in compensatory damages and $45.2 million in punitive damages.
Bankston got the text, he said, because one of Jones’ lawyers “messed up” and accidentally sent them to him. Jones’ lawyers initially said the court should order Bankston to destroy the text messages. However, Judge Maya Guerra Gamble declined, saying that was not her job.
Gamble told Bankston she would not “stand between you and Congress.”
Once Bankston said he had the texts, the committee expressed it was eager to see them. Bankston previously said in court that he intended to send the committee Jones’ texts.
Jones was present for the Jan. 6 insurrection, but he never entered the Capitol. He also formerly tested in January after receiving a subpoena in November from the committee. During the closed-door deposition, he said he frequently asserted his Fifth Amendment rights.
The Jan. 6 committee had reportedly wanted to subpoena the communications of Jones’ text messages to learn more about his role on Jan. 6.
Jones reportedly exchanged intimate messages with Roger Stone, a long-time adviser to