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Alex Jones' cellphone leak includes "intimate messages" with Roger Stone, a lawyer said.
The House committee investigating the Capitol riot wants the phone's contents, the attorney added.
The contents of Jones' phone were inadvertently sent to an attorney for Sandy Hook parents.
Alex Jones' cellphone leak includes "intimate messages" with the former Trump political advisor Roger Stone, according to a lawyer for Sandy Hook parents.
The House committee investigating the Capitol riot wants the details, the attorney said Thursday. Texts between Jones and Stone, who played key roles in planning, promoting and participating in the Stop the Steal rallies, were of immediate interest to House investigators.
The contents of the far-right conspiracy theorist and Infowars founder's phone were inadvertently sent to Mark Bankston, a lawyer representing the Sandy Hook parents who have sued Jones for defamation over his false "hoax" claims about the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut, massacre.
The mistakenly forwarded contents are massive — totalling 2.3 gigabytes — and include not just confidential legal documents but every text Jones sent in the past two years.
"Things like Mr. Jones and his intimate messages to Roger Stone are not confidential. They are not trade secrets, none of them," Bankston told a Texas judge after Jones' defense lawyer called for a mistrial in Jones' defamation-damages trial.
Jones' lawyer F. Andino Reynal filed for an emergency motion to protect the contents of Jones' phone that wound up in Bankston's possession.
Bankston disclosed during Thursday's hearing that the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection asked him to turn over the contents of Jones' phone.
"I am under request from various federal agencies and law enforcement to provide that phone. Absent a ruling from you saying, 'You cannot do that Mr. Bankston,' I intend to do so," Bankston told Travis County District Judge Maya Guerra Gamble.
The judge said the House committee could subpoena the contents of Jones' phone.
"They know about them. They know they exist. They know you have them. I think they're going there either way," said Gamble, who denied Reynal's motion for a mistrial as she said she wouldn't seal the entire phone.
Reynal said during the court hearing: "These allegations about law-enforcement interest is absolutely calculated to create more press around this issue."
The defense attorney added: "This should have never gotten this far."
He added that he told Bankston in an email last month, "Please disregard," after the contents of Jones' phone were mistakenly sent to Bankston.
In a dramatic courtroom moment on Wednesday, Bankston said Jones' attorneys "messed up" and sent him a copy of Jones' entire phone contents going back two years.
"Your attorneys messed up and sent me an entire digital copy of your entire cellphone with every text message you sent for the past two years," Bankston told Jones as Jones was on the witness stand. "That is how I know you lied to me when you said you didn't have text messages about Sandy Hook."
Jones is in court after he was found liable by default for defaming Sandy Hook parents by falsely claiming the 2012 elementary-school massacre was a "giant hoax."
A jury in the civil case is now deliberating how much Jones must pay in compensatory damages to Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of Jesse Lewis — a 6-year-old among the 26 killed in the mass shooting.
The parents are seeking $150 million in compensatory damages from Jones.
The trial is the first of three in which juries will determine how much Jones must pay in damages to Sandy Hook families.
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