U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney is asking Fox News host Sean Hannity to cooperate with her committee in its investigation into the events surrounding the storming of the U.S. Capitol building one year ago.
In a letter sent to Hannity on Tuesday, Cheney and U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, the vice chairs of the committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, invasion, wrote that they seek “voluntary cooperation on a specific and narrow range of factual questions” and are not seeking “information regarding any of your broadcasts, or your political views or commentary.”
The letter implied that Hannity had advance knowledge of a riot or some type of situation that was to occur on Jan. 6, 2021, the day Congress met to certify the presidential election results.
“We can’t lose the entire WH counsels office,” Hannity texted President Donald Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows on Dec. 31, 2020. “I do NOT see January 6 happening the way he is being told. After 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.”
In one text sent on Jan. 5, Hannity wrote that he was worried about the next 48 hours, but did not specify as to why.
“With the counting of the electoral votes scheduled for January 6th at 1 p.m., why were you concerned about the next 48 hours?” the chairs asked in the letter.
This request to Hannity comes less than one month after Cheney revealed texts from him and fellow Fox News host Laura Ingraham sent to Meadows during the riot.
According to Cheney’s reading, Ingraham told Meadows that Trump was destroying his legacy by not telling the protestors to leave.
“Mark, the president needs to tell people in the Capitol to go home,” Ingraham texted Meadows that day. “This is hurting all of us. He is destroying his legacy.”
Cheney also read from a text sent to Meadows by Sean Hannity which asked if Trump could make a statement and tell the rioters to go home.
In mid-December, Hannity said Cheney’s unveiling of the texts showed she was attempting to smear him.
“Surprise, surprise, surprise: I said to Mark Meadows the exact same thing I was saying live on the radio at that time and on TV that night on Jan. 6 and well beyond Jan. 6,” he said. “By the way, where is the outrage in the media over my private text messages being released again publicly? Do we believe in privacy in this country? Apparently not.”
Hannity added that he was an honest and straightforward person.
“Liz, let’s release your phone records and texts, and your family discussing Donald Trump, considering you’re so free to release everybody else’s,” Hannity said. “You’re a rock star now to the media mob, temporarily. They’ll turn on you again.”
Meadows received numerous text messages from members of Congress, the press (including the Fox News hosts) and Trump’s own family, urging him to persuade Trump to take action and call off the rioters.
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