An attorney representing two parents who sued conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for his false claims about the Sandy Hook massacre said on Thursday that the US House Jan. 6 committee had requested two years of records on the phone of Jones.
Attorney Mark Bankston said in a Texas courtroom that the committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol had requested the digital recordings.
The House committee did not immediately return a request for comment.
A day earlier, Bankston had revealed in court that Jones’ lawyer had mistakenly sent him the text messages for the past two years from Jones’ cell phone.
Jones’ attorney, Andino Reynal, sought a mistrial for mistransferring records and said they should have been returned and all copies destroyed. He said the material included review copy of text messages over six months, from the end of 2019 to the first quarter of 2020.
Attorneys for Sandy Hook’s parents said they followed Texas civil rules of evidence and that Jones’ attorneys missed their chance to properly request the return of the records.
“Monsieur Reynal uses a vine leaf [to cover] for his own professional misconduct,” Bankston said.
rolling stoneciting unnamed sources, reported Wednesday evening that the January 6 committee was preparing to request the data from the parents’ attorneys to help with the investigation into the riot in Washington, D.C.
A jury in Austin, Texas decides how much Jones should pay the parents of a child killed in the 2012 school massacre due to Infowars’ repeated misrepresentations that the shooting was a hoax.
Last month, the House Jan. 6 committee showed graphic and violent text messages and released videos of right-wing figures, including Jones and others, swearing that Jan. 6 would be the day they would fight for former President Donald Trump.