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‘Do You Know What Perjury Is?’: Alex Jones’ Lawyers Apparently Forwarded His Damning Texts To Opposing Counsel

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Attorneys representing the parents of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims accused InfoWars host Alex Jones of perjury at his defamation damages trial Wednesday, saying Jones’ legal team accidentally sent records proving Jones wrote numerous emails and text messages referencing the massacre, even though Jones testified that he could not find any of that information.

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones attempts to answer questions about his emails posed by Mark Bankston, … [+] lawyer for Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, during a trial at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday.

Briana Sanchez/Austin American-Statesman via AP, Pool/GANNETT

Key Facts

Plaintiffs’ attorney Mark Bankston said Jones’ lawyers mistakenly turned over years of records from his cellphone during discovery in the Texas damages trial.

Jones had previously testified under oath that he had searched for “Sandy Hook” on his phone, but the search had yielded no results.

Jones also testified he could not have written emails that referenced Sandy Hook because he does not use email, but Bankston showed Jones did, in fact, write emails that mentioned Sandy Hook.

The InfoWars host insisted he did not lie, telling Bankston at one point, “This is ridiculous.”

Crucial Quote

“Do you know what ‘perjury’ is?” Bankston asked.

Key Background

Jones testified Wednesday that he believes the 2012 massacre that left 20 children and 6 school staffers dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut was “100% real,” despite repeatedly peddling conspiracy theories about the shooting having been staged on his radio program. Judge Maya Guerra Gamble of Austin, Texas, found Jones liable for defamation last year in one of several lawsuits brought by the parents of Sandy Hook victims, and the current trial is set to determine the damages Jones owes to the parents, who are seeking $150 million.

Big Number

$800,000 a day. That’s how much money InfoWars was making at times in 2018, according to records on Jones’ phone revealed by plaintiffs’ attorneys. The number represents one of the first purported InfoWars financial records made public.

Surprising Fact

Bankston also accused Jones of taking an unscrupulous approach to the trial, playing a video of an InfoWars broadcast in which Jones says those in the jury pool “don’t know what planet they’re on.”

What To Watch For

The House January 6 committee is forming a request to get ahold of Jones’ text messages, according to Rolling Stone, citing sources with knowledge of the committee’s actions.

Further Viewing

Further Reading

Alex Jones claims defamation trial rigged, jurors don’t know what “planet they’re on” (Reuters)

Alex Jones Calls Sandy Hook Trial Judge ‘Demonically Possessed’ Just Before He’s Set To Testify (Forbes)

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