Bankston would solely inform CNN that he’s “cooperating with the committee.” The choose committee declined to remark.
Through the trial, Bankston revealed that one among Jones’ attorneys had “tousled” and inadvertently despatched him the 2 years of textual content messages. Bankston additionally stated throughout the trial that the January 6 committee had expressed curiosity within the materials.
Jones’ lawyer Federico Andino Reynal requested the decide within the case to order Bankston to destroy the fabric and never transmit it to the Home committee, however the decide declined.
“I am not standing between you and Congress,” Decide Maya Guerra Gamble advised Bankston when requested about sending Jones’ texts to the committee. “That’s not my job. I am not going to try this.”
The supply would not present particulars of the precise timeframe of when Jones despatched and acquired the texts in query.
Bankston beforehand stated that the newest message on the telephone was from mid-2020, months earlier than the January 6 assault on the US Capitol.
The general public Jones was texting had been his staff and members of his household, the particular person aware of the matter stated.
However, the particular person aware of the matter added, among the textual content messages point out Jones was in contact with Trump allies.
Jones was a central participant on January 6. He was on restricted US Capitol grounds that day, riling up protesters, although he didn’t enter the constructing itself. He has rejected any suggestion that he was concerned within the planning of violence, and claims he tried to stop individuals on the Capitol from breaking the regulation.
Jones testified earlier than the January 6 committee earlier this yr, however he later stated on his present that he repeatedly asserted his Fifth Modification proper to stay silent throughout the closed-door deposition.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat who sits on the committee, stated Sunday on CNN that the committee was nonetheless ready to see the texts and was to study extra about Jones’ function within the occasions on the Capitol.
“Properly, we all know that his conduct did incentivize among the January 6 conduct and we need to know extra about that,” Lofgren stated. “We do not know what we’ll discover within the texts as a result of we’ve not seen them. However we’ll have a look at it and study extra, I am positive.”
It’s unclear if the Justice Division had acquired the texts as of Monday afternoon. The Justice Division declined to remark.
This story has been up to date with extra data.
CNN’s Sara Murray and Hannah Rabinowitz contributed to this report.