J6 probers are getting every text Alex Jones and Roger Stone sent each other in the past two years.
The texts will be significant, given the two friends’ key roles in the ‘Stop the Steal’ rallies.
The texts only surfaced because Jones’ lawyers accidentally hit send on an email.
Twitter feasted this week on the news that two years of Infowars founder Alex Jones’ most recent cell phone texts were accidentally leaked by his own lawyers and will soon be in the hands of the January 6 committee.
The massive cache — 2.3 gigabytes of material — includes Jones’ “intimate messages” with his good friend Roger Stone — cringe-inspiring news to which, “Well, there goes lunch. And probably dinner,” was a typical tweeted response.
But given both Jones’ and Stones’ outsized role in January 6, getting the candid exchanges between these two election-fraud conspiracy theorists is a huge development as the House Select Committee continues its work.
The text messages could provide coveted evidence on Jones and Stone, key J6 players who began their friendship after meeting in 2013, during an event in Dallas marking the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination.
A longtime Trump ally, Stone repeatedly spread the then-president’s unsubstantiated claims of election fraud. He helped to plan and spoke at the Stop the Steal rallies while cozying up to extremists who later stormed the Capitol.
Jones, whose Sandy Hook defamation-damages trial is now wrapping up in his hometown of Austin, Texas, had an even larger bullhorn, using Infowars to spread Trump’s call to fight the “stolen” election to his millions of listeners.
As the New York Times reported in March, Jones then helped secure at least $650,000 in funding for the DC rallies that were quickly planned in response to Trump’s calls to action.
On the eve of the riot, Jones was there at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, the command center where key Trump allies including Rudy Giuliani, Steve Bannon, and John Eastman met to strategize. And on January 6 itself, Jones marched from the Elipse to the Capitol alongside fellow far-right provocateur Ali Alexander.
Jones’ and Stones’ texts in the leadup to the rally could shed light on all of these activities. And they could also have direct implications for Trump.
After all, Trump reportedly placed phone calls to yet-named allys at the Willard on the eve of the riot. And as revealed during the public committee hearing televised on July 13, Trump personally wanted the rally speakers to include Jones.
“He likes the crazies,” like Jones and Alexander, despite the “red flags,” former Trump aide Katrina Pierson told the committee.
“He loved people who viciously defended him in public,” Pierson explained.
Another reason their texts matter: Jones and Stone have so far been less than cooperative with probers.
Stone refused to answer questions when he appeared for 90 minutes before the January 6 committee in December.
Investigators were unable to question him on any rally-related communications with Trump, or about a chat group called “Friends of Stone” in which the committee says he communicated with the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers.
Jones, too, boasted on Infowars that he pleaded the Fifth Amendment more than 100 times rather than answer the committee’s questions.
And like his friend Stone, Jones also had ties with the two extremist groups.
Oath Keepers founder Stephen Rhodes was a frequent Infowars guest and Florida-based Proud Boys leader Joseph Biggs, allegedly a key player in the riot, is a former Infowars employee.
Both Rhodes and Biggs are in federal jails awaiting trial on seditious conspiracy for allegedly conspiring with other members of their group to violently stop the counting of electoral votes on January 6.
But for now, Jones has more immediate concerns surrounding the text messages — the threat of perjury charges and up to 10 years in a Texas jail.
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