Is Alex Jones about to be arrested? Speculation grows after rant about Stewart Rhodes
The FBI and Department of Justice (DoJ) took a huge step forward in their investigation of the January 6 insurrection on January 13, 2022, after they arrested and charged several Oath Keepers for sedition. Leader of the group Stewart Rhodes was amongst the several members charged with seditious conspiracy, which appears to have infuriated controversial talk show host Alex Jones.
The right-wing conspiracy theorist is already in massive trouble over the insurrection, after he refused to cooperate with the House Select Committee, leading to a subpoena from Congress. As we reported back in February 2021, the talk show host raised money for the Stop The Steal rally that morphed into the insurrection at the Capitol. Now it appears, he could be targeted by the DoJ and FBI as well.
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Of course, this remains an unproven rumor for now. Neither the FBI nor the DoJ has listed Jones as one of those involved in the insurrection, but it could change depending on what the Oath Keepers reveal. Certainly, Jones seemed extremely furious that Rhodes had been arrested and charged, which is what has prompted some on social media to assume there's a deeper link between the two men.
Jones continues to fuel theories
The claims Jones could be arrested stem from a now-viral video of his from his show InfoWars on January 14. "Stewart Rhodes has been indicted for doing absolutely nothing," Jones said, adding, "to cover up for Ray Epps became Senator Ted Cruz and others brought it up." He then continues to reiterate popular far-right talking points calling those arrested "political prisoners" and that the "left is trying to cause a new civil war."
Jones asked "Why isn't Ray Epps being arrested?" referring to a popular conspiracy theory that Epps is an FBI insider who helped the bureau plan the insurrection. As we reported, that theory has been debunked by the House Select Committee, who interviewed Epps earlier and confirmed he had no ties to any federal agencies. Nonetheless, Jones and others on the far-right continue to push the theory.
Alex Jones today is blaming Ted Cruz for getting Oathkeepers leader Stewart Rhodes arrested yesterday. He said after Ted brought up the Ray Epps conspiracy, DOJ retaliated by arresting Rhodes. He also said that arrests need to stop because we “need peace” and to “come together.” pic.twitter.com/gub97Eknwy— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) January 14, 2022
The rant has now gone viral all over the internet, racking up thousands of views and shares. While many have used it as another opportunity to troll Jones, some have gone further to comment it indicates he had a closer link to the Oath Keepers than previously known, leading to reactions like, "Tick...tock...they're coming for you, Balloonhead Jones. Count on it," and "Now why on earth would Alex Jones be worried about serious charges against Oath Keeper Stewart Rhodes?" One person commented, "Alex Jones knows the DOJ is coming for him next and he’s freaking the f--k out." One person trolled, "I’m not saying this is a sign Alex Jones is worried, but I hear he was seen shopping for new underwear today."
Tick...tock...they're coming for you, Balloonhead Jones.— John Desrocher (@JohnDesrocher1) January 14, 2022
Count on it.
Now why on earth would Alex Jones be worried about serious charges against Oath Keeper Stewart Rhodes? 🤔 https://t.co/ViMQyRAAri— Mueller, She Wrote (@MuellerSheWrote) January 14, 2022
Alex Jones knows the DOJ is coming for him next and he’s freaking the fuck out. 🤣— Mayo (@Mayoisstillspi1) January 14, 2022
I’m not saying this is a sign Alex Jones is worried, but I hear he was seen shopping for new underwear today.— Steve Redmond (@sjredmond) January 15, 2022
Will Jones be arrested?
For now, it seems like Jones is safe, but he might not be for longer. There appears to be some connection between Jones and the Oath Keepers, but the exact nature remains a mystery. We know Jones funded the January 6 rally, where the Oath Keepers were also prominently present, but so far, there's no direct connection between them. With many of the group's members now facing 20 years in jail, it's likely some of them will look to cut plea deals and spill secrets helping the FBI connect the dots.
Will Jones be one of those dots? It's possible but remains wishful thinking for now. But given the way he suddenly attacked Ted Cruz over Rhodes' arrest, it certainly appears as if Jones is panicking. Back in February 2021, the Washington Post did report the FBI was investigating Jones, along with Trump ally Roger Stone. But so far, the duo have avoided prosecution on that front. If the Oath Keepers crack though, that could help tie up the investigation for the FBI and present a clear case against Jones.