The House’s January 6 select committee has revealed new text messages written by Fox News host Sean Hannity and asked the prominent pundit to voluntarily cooperate with the ongoing investigation.
In a letter to Hannity released publicly on Tuesday, the committee chair, Bennie Thompson, called the Fox News host a ‘fact witness’ to the probe, noting how Hannity was ‘expressing concerns and providing advice to the president and certain White House staff’ before, during and after the January 6 Capitol attack.
New text messages show that Hannity wrote on the night of January 5: ‘Im very worried about the next 48 hours,’ and also sent White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows media reports ‘relating to a potential effort by members of President Trump‘s Cabinet to remove him from office under the 25th Amendment’ in the MAGA riot’s aftermath, Thompson’s letter revealed.
The House’s select committee on January 6 revealed new text messages written by Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity and asked the prominent pundit to voluntarily cooperate with the ongoing investigation
A letter to Hannity from January 6 select committee Chairman Bennie Thompson revealed text messages he sent including one on January 5 where he said ‘Im very worried about the next 48 hours.’ On January 6 a MAGA mob stormed the U.S. Capitol (pictured)
Less than a week before, on December 31, Hannity had told Meadows: ‘We can’t lose the entire WH counsels office. I do NOT see January 6 happening the way he is being told.’
‘Afer the [6th] He should announce will lead the nationwide effort to reform voting integrity. Go to Fl and watch Joe mess up daily. Stay engaged. When he speaks people will listen,’ Hannity continued.
In the letter, Thompson said the ‘text suggests that you had knowledge of concerns by President Trump’s White House Counsel’s Office regarding the legality of the former President’s plans for January 6th.’
‘These facts are directly relevant to our inquiry,’ Thompson told Hannity.
On January 5, the eve of the Capitol attack, Hannity also texted to Meadows, ‘Pence pressure. WH counsel will leave.’
‘What communications or information led you to conclude that White House counsel would leave? What precisely did you know at that time?’ Thompson asked.
Thompson also said that Hannity appeared to have ‘detailed knowledge regarding President Trump’s state of mind in the days following the January 6th attack.’
One of Hannity’s texts indicated he had a discussion with Trump on January 10 and it left the Fox News host concerned in the lead-up to President Joe Biden’s January 20 inauguration.
‘Guys, we have a clear path to land the plane in 9 days,’ Hannity informed Meadows and Republican Rep. Jim Jordan. ‘He can’t mention the election again. Ever. I did not have a good call with him today. And worse, I’m not sure what is left to do or say, and I don’t like not knowing if it’s truly understood. Ideas?’
Axios first reported Tuesday that Hannity would be asked to cooperate with the investigation.
Jay Sekulow, Hannity’s lawyer, told the publication then, ‘If true, any such request would raise serious constitutional issues including First Amendment concerns regarding freedom of the press.’
A spokesperson for Fox News referred DailyMail.com to Sekulow’s comments when asked if Hannity had a response to the committee.
‘The Select Committee has immense respect for the First Amendment to our Constitution, freedom of the press, and the rights of Americans to express their political opinions freely,’ Thompson’s letter said. ‘For that reason, we do not intend to seek information from you regarding your broadcasts on radio or television, your public reporting or commentary, or your political views regarding any candidate for office.’
‘Thus, we write today to seek your voluntary cooperation on a specific and narrow range of factual questions,’ Thompson said, before asking questions about individual texts.
The committee’s access to text messages came from a trove of documents handed over by Meadows, who has since said he will not longer cooperate in the investigation.
Thompson asked Hannity to sit down for a transcribed interview with the select committee.
It also asked him to preserve all records of communications with individuals involved in January 6.
‘We have no doubt that you love our country and respect our Constitution. Now is the time to step forward and serve the interests of your country. We thank you in advance for your cooperation,’ Thompson’s letter concluded.