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The January 6 panel wants Alex Jones’ lyrics

AUSTIN, Texas — A lawyer representing two parents who sued conspiracy theorist Alex Jones over his false claims about the Sandy Hook massacre said Thursday that a U.S. House committee on Jan. 6 requested two years of Jones’ phone records.

Attorney Mark Bankston said in court that the commission investigating the attack on the US Capitol had requested the digital records.

The House committee did not immediately return a request for comment.

A day earlier, Bankston revealed in court that Jones’ attorney had mistakenly sent Bankston text messages for the past two years from Jones’ cell phone.

Jones’ attorney, Andino Reynal, asked to dismiss the lawsuit over the wrongful transfer of records and said they should have been returned and all copies destroyed.

He accused Bankston of trying to perform “for a national audience”. Reynal said the material includes a review copy of text messages for six months from the end of 2019 to the first quarter of 2020.

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Lawyers for Sandy Hook’s parents said they followed Texas’ civil rules of evidence and that Jones’ lawyers missed their chance to properly demand the records be returned.

“Mr Reynal used a fig leaf (as a cover) for his own abuse,” Bankston said.

Bankston said the records mistakenly sent to him included some medical records of plaintiffs in other cases against Jones.

“Mr. Jones and his intimate communications with Roger Stone are not protected,” Bankston said, referring to the longtime ally of former President Donald Trump.

Rolling Stone, citing unnamed sources, reported Wednesday night that the January 6 commission was preparing to request the records from the parents’ lawyers to help investigate the deadly riot.

An Austin, Texas, jury is deciding how much Jones must pay the parents of a child killed in the 2012 school shooting because of repeated false claims by Infowars that the shooting was a hoax created by gun control advocates.

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Last month, the House committee on Jan. 6 showed graphic and violent text messages and released videos of right-wing figures, including Jones and others, vowing that Jan. 6 will be the day they fight for Trump.

The Jan. 6 panel first subpoenaed Jones in November, seeking testimony and documents related to his efforts to spread disinformation about the 2020 election and a rally the day of the attack.

In the subpoena letter, Congressman Benny Thompson, the chairman of the Democratic Party, said Jones helped organize the Jan. 6 rally at the Ellipse that preceded the riot. He also wrote that Jones repeatedly promoted Trump’s false claims of election fraud, urged his listeners to go to Washington for the rally and march from the Ellipse to the Capitol. Thompson also wrote that Jones “has made statements that imply that you were aware of President Trump’s plans regarding the rally.”

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The nine-member panel was particularly interested in what Jones said shortly after Trump’s now-infamous tweet from Dec. 19, 2020, in which he told supporters to “be there, it’s going to be wild!” on Jan. 6.

“You went on InfoWars the same day and called the tweet ‘One of the most historic events in American history,'” the letter continued.

In January, Jones was deposed by the committee in an hours-long virtual hearing in which he said he exercised his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination “almost 100 times.”

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Associated Press reporter Farnoosh Amiri contributed to this report from Washington, DC

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The January 6 panel wants Alex Jones’ lyrics

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