The FBI and the DOJ are investigating Trump allies Roger Stone and Alex Jones in connection to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, the Washington Post reports.
The agencies are investigating whether Stone, Jones and other right wing commentators who promoted the big lie may have influenced rioters who attacked the Capitol and if their involvement could lead to criminal charges.
Officials at this stage said they are principally seeking to understand what the rioters were thinking — and who may have influenced beliefs — which could be critical to showing their intentions at trial, The Washington Post reports. Investigators also want to determine whether anyone who influenced them bears enough responsibility to justify potential criminal charges, such as conspiracy or aiding the effort, the officials said. That prospect is still distant and uncertain, they emphasized, the report added.
While both men claim to not have any part to do with the violence on that day, they’ve approved of some of the groups leading the charge on Jan. 6, like the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers.