The Justice Department and the FBI are reportedly investigating a possible connection between high profile right wing personalities and the Capitol rioters who stormed the Capitol building on January 6th in Washington D.C.
Officials said that the investigation at this stage is aiming to identify who may have influenced the actions of the rioters, the Washington Post reports. This effort also includes discerning whether any individuals who may have influenced the rioters could be held criminally responsible for doing so.
An official speaking to the Post named Alex Jones, Roger Stone and Ali Alexander as persons of interest in the ongoing investigation.
"We are investigating potential ties between those physically involved in the attack on the Capitol and individuals who may have influenced them, such as Roger Stone, Alex Jones and [Stop the Steal organizer] Ali Alexander," the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said to the Post.
Stone and Alexander have both previously implicated themselves in organizing the Stop The Steal campaign, of which the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the riot in D.C. was a part of.
While Jones, Alexander and Stone had all promoted the concept that the election was stolen by the Democrats, they have each denied that they intended for violence to be carried out in the name of those claims.
Democrats are reaching to demonize Trump's and Rudy Giuliani's rhetoric, saying to "fight like hell," as an incitements to violence prior to the riot.
Jones spoke to a crowd in Freedom Plaza in D.C. the day before the riot, saying, "I don’t know how all this is all going to end, but if they want to fight, they better believe they’ve got one!"
He added, "We’re under attack, and we need to understand this is 21st-century warfare and get on a war-footing."
Attempts to link the word "fight" in a political speech context to literal incitements to violence made up a substantial portion of arguments made by lawmakers who were in favor of convicting Trump during the Senate impeachment trial.
On the day of the riot however, Jones followed the crowd, and did not lead it to the Capitol building. He was recorded discouraging violence during the storming of the building, saying "let’s not fight the police and give the system what they want."
Stone has distanced himself from the violence on the 6th, saying, "I have specifically denounced the violence at the Capitol, the intrusion in the Capitol. That’s not how we settle things in America."
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