It’s been well over a month since a mob of insurrectionists invaded the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. While plenty of rioters have been arrested and charged, federal authorities are still investigating how the insurrection was organized.
According to a report The Washington Post published Saturday (Feb. 20), the Department of Justice is looking into possible ties between the rioters who breached the Capitol and famed right-wing figures like conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and conservative political consultant Roger Stone. The DOJ and the FBI are trying to determine what the rioters were thinking about and who influenced them in the months leading up to the insurrection.
“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,” a U.S. official, who spoke anonymously.
Jones is a radio personality who hosts a show on Info Wars, a website that’s described as a conspiracy theory and fake news hub. Stone is a longtime advisor to former President Donald Trump, who help amplify Alexander’s pro-Trump Stop The Steal campaign. Alexander also helped plan and execute the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the insurrection.
Part of the FBI and DOJ’s investigation involves reviewing the immense amount of motives and intentions of nearly 800 people who broke into the Capitol building while Congress was in session. They’re examining suspects who planned on going to our nation’s capital after the election as well as those who sought to halt President Joe Biden’s first term in office before it started.
Prosecutors and agents are looking to file charges against anyone who influenced the Capitol rioters with conspiracy or aiding and abetting. While their investigation continues, there’s no guarantee that those aforementioned charges will be brought anytime soon.