The FBI is reportedly investigating pro-Trump activists Alex Jones, Roger Stone and Ali Alexander over the US Capitol riot, even though none took part directly, as the Biden administration probes how the mob was “radicalized.”
The Department of Justice (DOJ) also is participating in the investigation, which seeks to determine whether there were ties between “high-profile right-wing figures” who promoted former President Donald Trump’s allegations of election fraud and the rioters, the Washington Post reported on Saturday. Like much of the mainstream media’s reporting in the Trump area, the article cited anonymous “people familiar” with the investigation.
Jones, Stone and other Trump allies who may have influenced the rioters won’t necessarily face criminal charges – given the high bar under US law to convict someone of incitement – but the DOJ seeks to gain more understanding of what those who breached the Capitol were thinking. The post said that learning more about how the rioters were influenced “could be critical to showing their intentions at trial.”