On January 6, Mr. Jones to secure at least $650,000 from a Publix grocery store heiress, Julie Fancelli, an Infowars fan, to attend Mr. Trump on the Ellipse on the morning of the attack, of which $200,000 was deposited into one of Mr. Jones’ business accounts, the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack said. The night before the riots, Mr. Jones at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, where Trump’s aides and allies had set up an outpost. He has long-standing ties to at least half a dozen people arrested after the riots, including founder of the far-right Oath Keepers militia, Stewart Rhodes, still a regular at Infowars, and Joseph Biggs, a former Infowars employee and Proud Boys leader.
The House Committee has appointed Mr. Jones has been subpoenaed and added a three-page list of his related communications and financial records. The panel is also seeking Mr. Jones’ communications with Mr. Trump, his family, and anyone from the White House or Congress in the days leading up to the riots. Asked by the panel this year, Mr. Jones invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination more than 100 times, seeking to block the filing committee’s demand in court.
Whatever the outcome of the Jan. 6 investigation, Mr. Jones’s journey from Sandy Hook to the Capitol attack is a reflection of how conspiracy theories in the United States have seeded and tarnished public debate in the digital age. A defender of Russia’s President Vladimir V. Putin and a former regular on RT, the Kremlin-funded international television channel, Mr. Jones has held such extreme views about American democratic society — he has cast airport security screenings as a plot to overthrow Americans’ freedoms. – that RT no longer invited him for broadcast in 2011.
But after Mr. Trump appeared live in an interview on the Infowars website in December 2015, Mr. Jones from the periphery to join a newly radicalized Republican Party. Infowars raised more than $50 million annually during Trump’s presidency selling nutritional supplements, body armor and other products on its website, data filed with the court shows. During and after the Jan. 6 riots, Infowars promoted its merchandise alongside graphic videos, including footage of an Infowars cameraman of the death of a pro-Trump rioter, Ashli Babbitt, by a Capitol police officer during the attack.
Mr Jones did not respond to messages requesting comment. His attorney, Norm Pattis, said his client had done nothing wrong on January 6.