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Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Photo: J Scott Applewhite/AP

Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Photo: J Scott Applewhite/AP

Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Photo: J Scott Applewhite/AP

A lawyer representing two parents who sued conspiracy theorist Alex Jones over false claims about the Sandy Hook massacre has said the US House January 6 committee has requested two years of records from Jones’s phone.

Mark Bankston said in court that the committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol requested the digital records. A day earlier, he revealed in court that Jones’s lawyer had mistakenly sent him two years of texts from Jones’s mobile phone.

Jones’s lawyer sought a mistrial over the mistaken transfer of records.

A jury in Austin, Texas, is deciding how much Jones should pay to the parents of a child killed in the 2012 school massacre because of his Infowars website’s repeated false claims that the shooting was a hoax created by advocates for gun control.

In January, 48-year-old Jones was deposed by the committee and he exercised his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination “almost 100 times”. 

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