While he was on the witness stand during his defamation trial on Wednesday, InfoWars host Alex Jones learned that his own legal team inadvertently sent his text messages from his phone to the plaintiffs’ attorneys.
ALEX JONES: So you did get my text messages, and then said you didn't. A nice trick.
MARK BANKSTON: Yes, Mr. Jones. Indeed. You didn't give this text message to me. You don't know where this came from. Do you know where I got this?
ALEX JONES: No.
MARK BANKSTON: Mr. Jones, did you know that 12 days ago-- 12 days ago, your attorneys messed up and sent me an entire digital copy of your entire cell phone with every text message you've sent for the past two years, and when informed, did not take any steps to identify it as privileged or protect it in any way.
And as of two days ago, it fell free and clear into my possession, and that is how I know you lied to me when you said you didn't have text messages about Sandy Hook. Did you know that?
ALEX JONES: I-- see, I told you the truth. This is your Perry Mason moment. I gave them my phone, and then--
MAYA GUERRA GAMBLE: Mr. Jones, you need to answer the question.
ALEX JONES: No, I--
MARK BANKSTON: Did you know that this happened?
ALEX JONES: No, I didn't know this happened, but I mean, I told you I gave him the phone over, and just--
MAYA GUERRA GAMBLE: But just answer the question.
MARK BANKSTON: And you said-- you said in your deposition you searched your phone. You said you pulled down the text, did the search function for Sandy Hook. That's what you said, Mr. Jones, correct?
ALEX JONES: And I had several-- several different phones with this number, but I did, yeah. Well of course, I mean, that's why he got it.
MARK BANKSTON: No, Mr. Jones. That's not why.
ALEX JONES: My lawyer sent it to you, but I'm hiding it? OK.
MAYA GUERRA GAMBLE: Mr. Jones.
ALEX JONES: [INAUDIBLE]
MAYA GUERRA GAMBLE: Please just answer questions. There's no question. Mr. Bankston, also only ask questions.
MARK BANKSTON: Sure. Mr. Jones, in discovery you were asked, "Do you have Sandy Hook text messages on your phone?" And you said no, correct? You said that under oath, Mr. Jones, didn't you?
ALEX JONES: If I was mistaken, I was mistaken, but you've got the messages right there.
MARK BANKSTON: You know what perjury is, right? I just want to make sure you know before we go any further. You know what it is.
ALEX JONES: Yes, I do. I mean, I'm not a tech guy. I told you I gave-- in my testimony-- the phone to the lawyers before or whatever, and so you got my phone, but we didn't give it to you.