On Monday, Dec. 20, controversial independent news anchor Alex Jones sued the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 incidents after he was subpoenaed to testify. The Infowars founder, who spoke to the crowd of Trump supporters that day, accuses Democrats of political persecution.
The select committee made up of eight Democrats and only two Republicans who House Speaker Nancy Pelosi handpicked subpoenaed Jones to testify last Nov. 22.
The committee accuses the Infowars host of having been one of the rally’s main organizers and that he even funded 80 percent of the event with donations.
“Mr. Jones has repeatedly promoted unsupported allegations of election fraud, including encouraging individuals to attend the Ellipse rally on Jan. 6 and implying he had knowledge about the plans of the former President with respect to the rally,” the committee said according to The Hill.
Jones announced that he would plead the Fifth Amendment and refrain from responding to the Select Committee during the deposition.
The Fifth Amendment guarantees that no person shall be held to answer for a capital or infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.
In other words, Jones denies that the committee has the authority to subpoena him to testify and the Fifth Amendment protection calls for delegating this authority to a jury. Meadows, Roger Stone, and other former Trump officials made similar arguments.
Jones said, according to Gateway Pundit, that his lawsuit is “not just a declaration of the Fifth, but freedom of the press, and the fact that the committee is not constituted correctly…it didn’t even follow the law on how many Republicans it’s supposed to have on it. It’s only got two; you’re supposed to have at least five.”
Political witch hunt
In his lawsuit, the Infowars founder accuses the Democrats on the committee of conducting political persecution, which ‘seeks to suspend coercive secret proceedings specifically designed to satiate a political witch hunt, bypass constitutional safeguards, and hijack the role of the Executive Branch while threatening criminal prosecution against anyone who dares to assert his rights and liberties against its demands.’
Video footage taken on Jan. 6 at the Capitol where Alex Jones pleads with protesters not to enter the compound is available on the Infowars website.
“We are not Antifa. We are not BLM,” Jones told the crowd. “We need to not have a confrontation with the police, they are going to make that the story.”
In August of this year, after more than six months of investigating the incidents on Capitol Hill, the FBI concluded that there was no coordination between Trump, his officials, and the protesters who breached the entrance to Congress.
Trump himself was acquitted during the second impeachment attempt in which he was accused of inciting an ‘insurrection’ against Congress.
During the second impeachment proceeding, Democrats altered one of the messages they presented as evidence by changing the date to incriminate Trump.
Following the same pattern, Adam Schiff, the leader of both impeachment trials and now a member of the select committee, again altered a message that Rep. Jim Jordan forwarded to Mark Meadows in an attempt to incriminate Trump’s former chief of staff to seek his arrest for contempt.
The committee’s actions have cast doubt on the real purpose of its investigation. They have seriously damaged the reputation of Democrats who conservative critics say their motive is to prevent former President Donald Trump from running for the White House again.
Who is Alex Jones
Alex Jones is a well-known journalist in the independent news world, being one of the oldest to report ‘conspiracy theories,’ many of which were eventually revealed to be true.
Jones is a fervent nationalist who, with his direct and sometimes flamboyant style, has charged that there is a ‘new world order plot to subjugate humanity and that agents of the ‘Deep State’ run the world by owning the world’s banks, media, and top government positions. Jones refers to them as the ‘globalists.’
His fame has earned him hundreds of thousands of followers and many enemies.
In November of this year, the Infowars host was ordered to pay the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting, in which 20 children and six adults were killed.
Alex Jones claimed that the shooting was staged to push gun control, one of the goals of the Deep State, which cannot advance its agenda of control over people because by being armed, they offer resistance that is difficult to crush.