ROGER STONE, ALEX JONES PROBED ON TIES WITH CAPITOL RIOTERS
The Justice Department is reportedly probing ties between far right-wing luminaries such as Roger Stone and Alex Jones and the rioters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, David Goldiner reported for the New York Daily News.
Investigators are seeking to determine if Stone, Jones and others inspired the pro-Trump mob or if they could be held accountable for conspiring to carry out the attack, the Los Angeles Times also reported, just hours before Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general, vowed to pursue the investigation and nail the perpetrators of the siege.
The probe is still in an early stage and investigators say they do not have evidence to support criminal charges against the far right-wing figures, the Washington Post also reported.
“We are investigating potential ties between those physically involved in the attack on the Capitol and individuals who may have influenced them,” an unnamed official told the Post.
Ali Alexander, a prominent leader in the pro-Trump Stop the Steal group that organized the rally, is also being investigated, the Post said.
Officials concede that the 1st Amendment and US case law regarding incitement and free speech make it unlikely that the men will face criminal charges.
Still, they hope to identify the key figures who spurred the rioters to violently attack the citadel of American democracy.
All three are outspoken supporters of former President Trump and conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election and other issues.
They also have deep ties to leaders of the white nationalist Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, several members of which have been charged in connection with the Capitol riot.