Two of Donald Trump’s most infamous supporters, self-proclaimed “dirty trickster” Roger Stone and Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, have some rather pointedly shady histories. Stone required a pardon from his friend Trump for lying to Congress and threatening to kill a witness in the trial against him (as well as the witness’s service dog) and Jones has faced numerous lawsuits for declaring that parents who lost their young children in the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012 were “crisis actors” and that the shooting was faked.
These two are friends and informal advisors to the former president.
Ahhhhh, now the whole "Was the FBI involved in Jan 6" nonsense makes more sense, doesn't it
(I mean, no, it doesn't, it was complete bullshit, but I mean the whole "attempt to discredit the FBI before actual shit comes down" thing here)https://t.co/ME9re4i106
— John Scalzi (@scalzi) June 21, 2021
Now, they’re also potential co-conspirators in the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Building that occurred as part of a “Stop the Steal” rally in reaction to the Big Lie that the 2020 presidential election was somehow “stolen” from Trump. While the Department of Justice has not said they are investigating the two for conspiracy, but as part of a larger investigation to determine what happened that day, their involvement has legal implications.
According to The Washington Post:
‘Officials at this stage said they are principally seeking to understand what the rioters were thinking — and who may have influenced beliefs — which could be critical to showing their intentions at trial.
‘However, investigators also want to determine whether anyone who influenced them bears enough responsibility to justify potential criminal charges, such as conspiracy or aiding the effort, the officials said. That prospect is still distant and uncertain.’
This is Roger Stone the morning of January 6th in Washington, flanked by 5-6 members of the Oath Keepers. pic.twitter.com/1FkS20HZpR
— TheSadTruth💙 (@ReportsDaNews) June 21, 2021
Both men have denied being involved in planning a riot, saying that they were involved only in the event at which people like Rudy Giuliani told a crowd to have a “trial by combat” to determine the next president, followed by a speech from the former president who told his supporters to march to the Capitol Building and “fight like hell.” While Trump’s impeachment trial focused on his culpability for the riots based on his instigation, Stone and Jones may have played an even bigger role in the events that occurred that day.
‘A key task for prosecutors and agents is to sift through the multitude of motives and intentions of the roughly 800 people in the mob that descended upon the Capitol — from those who came as individuals drawn to the idea of derailing Joe Biden’s presidency before it began, to those who allegedly began organizing immediately after the election to show up in Washington in large numbers to use force to try to keep Trump in power.’
(PS) This burning was organized by Owen Shroyer of InfoWars—top lieutenant of Alex Jones, who Trump personally asked to lead the march on the Capitol. Also present? Tim Gionet ("Baked Alaska"), who has since been arrested. And Matt Colligan, who you may know from this old photo: pic.twitter.com/PdYvnvIsdT
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) June 21, 2021
The investigation is ongoing and dozens of rioters currently await justice in jail cells, but there is no indication yet how much of their involvement has been determined to have played a part in the violence that followed. Luckily for investigators, most of the events of that day are on video, which is sure to come back to haunt the criminals who participated.
‘In recorded videos and on Infowars, Stone and Jones have lifted the profiles of the Proud Boys, a far-right group with a history of violence, and Oath Keepers — a loose network of self-styled militias — branding them as street-level security forces for right-wing causes and VIPs. The government has charged nine alleged affiliates of the Oath Keepers with conspiracy, and accused an Ohio member of leading up to 30 to 40 others in the break-in. Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes has said he gave no direction or signals to members to storm the Capitol. The leader of the Proud Boys has said the group did not plan to interrupt Congress.’
Calls for Alex Jones' Arrest Grow Louder After His $500K Donation to January 6 Rally Resurfaces https://t.co/BNEG7RFJlF
— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) June 13, 2021
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