Alex Jones is in the midst of a trial in which he's being sued millions for the emotional harm caused by his claim that the Sandy Hook school shooting was fake. Jones is a conspiracy theorist and radio host who ended up being sued by families of Sandy Hook victims who took him to court. Jones has also been stripped of all of his accounts with social networks throughout the years, and his popularity has been drastically reduced.
Jones was in the witness stand while an attorney representing the Sandy Hook legal team was interrogating him regarding his previous remarks. Jones tried to defend himself, but his lawyer revealed the most shocking truth: Jones’ own lawyer provided a digital copy of his phone for Sandy Hook's lawyer by mistake and did not attempt to claim that it was protected.
During parts of his testimony stretching over two days in a Texas courtroom, Jones repeatedly told jurors that he does not use email and that he had searched the contents of his phone for messages pertaining to Sandy Hook after he was sued by several family members of the victims for falsely saying the shooting was a hoax. The parents’ attorney suggested the cellphone records show Jones perjured himself on the stand.
Jones said that his phone search, done during the discovery phase of the trial, did not turn up any relevant messages. Texas Judge Maya Guerra Gamble has already ruled in favor of Sandy Hook parents Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis by default, saying that Jones did not comply with the rules of discovery in the case.
Mark Bankston, who is representing Heslin and Lewis in their defamation case against Jones, asked the Infowars host again on Wednesday whether he had an email account or used text messages to discuss Sandy Hook. Jones’ reply to both questions, under oath, was that he did not.
“Twelve days ago, your attorneys messed up and sent me a digital copy of every text,” Bankston said. “Do you know what perjury is?”
If you take a look at footage of this exchange, you are able to pinpoint the moment when Jones realizes he’s been caught (it's at 48 seconds).
Bankston later told reporters on Wednesday that the records were sent by one of Reynal’s legal assistants through a file sharing platform, and that the file included several hundred gigabytes of data covering at least 27 months of phone records.
Under the legal rules of Texas, Bankston said he notified Reynal of the apparent mistake, kicking off a 10-day period in which Jones’ attorneys could notify the parents’ attorneys of any privileged records that needed to be returned. Bankston said that neither he nor other members of his legal team looked at the records during that period.
“All Reynal said at the time was ‘Whoops, that’s the wrong link, disregard,’” Bankston said.
Once the 10-day period ended, Bankston said he and co-counsel began combing through the phone records, uncovering messages that he said Jones’ lawyers should have turned over during discovery along with a trove of Jones’ private, personal communications.
That is definitely embarrassing for Jones’ legal team and helpful for the Sandy Hook team. But the issues don’t stop there. Alex Jones didn’t just disappear after being banned from social media.
It wouldn't be a worthy court dispute without the Jan. 6 Committee at some point getting involved.
Now — a source familiar with the matter and another person briefed on it tell Rolling Stone — the January 6th committee is preparing to request that data from the plaintiff attorneys in order to aid its investigation of the insurrection. These internal deliberations among the committee, which is probing former President Donald Trump’s role in causing the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot, began within minutes of the lawyer’s revelation being heard on the trial’s livestream on Wednesday afternoon.
Jones has already featured prominently in the panel’s investigation for his role in whipping up public support for the insurrection and for his close ties to alleged conspirator Stewart Rhodes, the leader of the Oath Keepers militia. Jones frequently hosted Rhodes as a guest on his InfoWars channel and his militia provided security for the Texas-based conspiracist.
The committee initially subpoenaed Jones in November 2021 and asked for him to turn over documents and participate in a deposition. Jones, according to a letter sent by the committee, was initially told by the White House on January 3, 2021 that he was “to lead a march to the Capitol, where President Trump would meet” with protesters.
This is what occurred:
- A digital replica of Alex Jones' phone was given to the opposing counsel of the Sandy Hook case.
- The lawyers waited ten days for Jones’ lawyer to state that it is privileged. That statement never came.
- The opposing counsel can assert that Jones committed perjury.
- The January 6 Committee is looking for any pertinent information and will most likely get it.
- The January 6 Committee will probably be given another public hearing to bring Alex Jones in.
If this were a show like Law & Order, it would be viewed as too absurd. It's impossible to consider it a credible work of fiction. However, it's happening in real-life and we're all present to see it.