J6 investigators receive every text message Alex Jones and Roger Stone have sent to each other over the past two years.
The texts will be meaningful, given the two friends’ key roles in the “Stop the Steal” rallies.
The texts only surfaced because Jones’ attorneys accidentally pressed send an email.
Twitter rejoiced this week when it learned that two years of Infowars founder Alex Jones’ most recent text messages were accidentally leaked by his own lawyers and will soon be in the hands of the January 6 committee.
The huge cache – 2.3 gigabytes of material – includes Jones’ “intimate messages” with his good friend Roger Stone – inspiring news to which “Well, there’s lunch. And probably dinner”, was a response typical tweeted.
But given the outsized role of Jones and Stones on January 6, getting these two conspiracy theorists to speak out against voter fraud is a huge development as the House Select Committee continues its work.
The text messages could provide coveted evidence about Jones and Stone, key J6 players who began their friendship after meeting in 2013, at an event in Dallas marking the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination.
A longtime Trump ally, Stone has repeatedly spread the then-president’s unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud. He helped plan and spoke at Stop the Steal rallies while relating to the extremists who later stormed the Capitol.
Jones, whose Sandy Hook libel damages lawsuit is now ending in his hometown of Austin, Texas, had an even bigger mouthpiece, using Infowars to spread Trump’s call to fight the “stolen” election from its millions of listeners.
As The New York Times reported in March, Jones then helped secure at least $650,000 in funding for DC rallies that were quickly planned in response to Trump’s calls for 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 Jan. 6 itself, Jones marched from the Elipse to the Capitol alongside fellow far-right provocateur Ali Alexander.
Texts from Jones and Stones before the rally could shed some light on all of this activity. And they could also have direct implications for Trump.
After all, Trump reportedly made phone calls to still-named allies at Willard on the eve of the riot. And as revealed during the July 13 televised committee’s public hearing, Trump personally wanted speakers at the rally to include Jones.
“He likes crazy people,” like Jones and Alexander, despite “red flags,” former Trump aide Katrina Pierson told the committee.
“He liked people who violently defended him in public,” Pierson explained.
Another reason their texts matter: Jones and Stone have so far been less cooperative with investigators.
Stone declined to answer questions when he appeared for 90 minutes before the January 6 committee in December.
Investigators were unable to ask him about communications related to the rally with Trump, or a chat group called “Friends of Stone” in which the committee says he communicated with the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers.
Jones also bragged on Infowars that he argued the Fifth Amendment more than 100 times rather than answer committee questions.
And like his friend Stone, Jones also had ties to both extremist groups.
Oath Keepers founder Stephen Rhodes was a frequent Infowars guest and Florida-based Proud Boys leader Joseph Biggs, who was reportedly a key player in the riot, is a former Infowars employee.
Both Rhodes and Biggs are in federal prisons awaiting trial on charges of seditious conspiracy for allegedly conspiring with other members of their group to violently halt the counting of electoral votes on January 6.
But for now, Stone countered on Truth Social that there is no “matrial J6” – his misspelling – in Alex Jones’s lyrics.
“The FBI and DOJ saw my text messages with Alex Jones a long time ago,” Stone wrote Thursday. “Nothing inappropriate or ‘intimate’ about them. Alex Jones was a loyal friend throughout the Soviet-style show trial I was subjected to by Mueller as well as my wife’s battle with the cancer.”
Meanwhile, Jones has more immediate concerns about the 2.3 gigabytes of text messages — the threat of perjury charges and up to 10 years in a Texas prison.
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