The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol released a series of text messages from Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityJan. 6 panel chair says ‘significant testimony’ shows White House ‘had been told to do something’ 2021’s top political celebrity moments The 10 Republicans most likely to run for president MORE they say suggests the Fox News host was aware of plans to contest President BidenJoe BidenTrump blasts ‘low-life Twitter’ after Greene’s account suspended Jill Biden to visit Kentucky to see tornado damage On The Money — Biden’s beef with the meat industry MORE’s election victory as it asked him to voluntarily cooperate with the committee.
In a letter to Hannity, the panel reviewed five communications sent by the conservative commentator among dozens in the committee’s possession, including previously unreleased texts they argue show he “had advance knowledge regarding President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump blasts ‘low-life Twitter’ after Greene’s account suspended Garland to speak on DOJ’s Jan. 6 prosecutions Wednesday: report Overnight Defense & National Security — Nuclear states say no winners in global war MORE’s and his legal team’s planning for January 6th.”
On Dec. 31, Hannity appeared to express concern over losing support from the White House legal counsel while relaying his advice to Trump chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsJan. 6 panel chair says ‘significant testimony’ shows White House ‘had been told to do something’ Jan. 6 panel eying subpoenas to force Republican reps to cooperate Thompson says Jan. 6 panel has requested videos Trump made amid Capitol riot MORE.
“We can’t lose the entire WH counsels office. I do NOT see January 6 happening the way he is being told. After the 6 th. 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 wrote that night.
The panel also questioned Hannity about “a stream of texts” he sent and received on Jan. 5, the night before the riot.
“You wrote: ‘Im very worried about the next 48 hours.’ 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 committee asked in its letter.
The Committee is seeking information from Sean Hannity.
Chair @BennieGThompson and Vice Chair @RepLizCheney request Hannity answer questions about matters including communications between Hannity and the former President, Mark Meadows, and others in the days surrounding Jan 6th. pic.twitter.com/wXtOGSsneg
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) January 4, 2022
The texts follow an earlier release of communications with Meadows that showed Hannity and others at Fox were dismayed by the Jan. 6 attack, going directly to administration officials to express their concern.
Asking for cooperation from Hannity — a sitting member of the media — would be a remarkable step for congressional investigators.
Fox News declined to comment.
Jay SekulowJay Alan SekulowGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 57 House Republicans back Georgia against DOJ voting rights lawsuit The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by TikTok – New video of riot unnerves many senators MORE, Hannity’s lawyer, earlier told Axios he had yet to be informed of the request.
“If true, any such request would raise serious constitutional issues including First Amendment concerns regarding freedom of the press,” he said.
Axios was the first to report the committee’s interest in Hannity.
The committee addressed the topic in its letter, noting it would steer clear of some topics.
“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. 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,” they wrote.