U.S. House Jan. 6 Committee Seeks Cooperation From Fox News Host Sean Hannity

The United States House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot is seeking the voluntary cooperation of Fox News host Sean Hannity as part of its probe.

In a letter sent to Hannity on Jan. 4, the Committee requested him to voluntarily answer questions on matters related to the riot, including relevant communications he had with former President Donald Trump, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and others, making him a “fact witness” to the investigation.

The Committee noted that the “dozens” of text messages Hannity sent to and from Meadows indicated that he “had advance knowledge regarding President Trump’s and his legal team’s planning for January 6th.”

“It also appears that you were expressing concerns and providing advice to the President and certain White House staff regarding that planning,” the Committee wrote.

Specifically, the Committee said that at this time, they were focused on his series of text messages between Dec. 31, 2020 and Jan. 20, 2021.

The text messages include Hannity writing “I do not see January 6 happening the way he is being told” on Dec. 3, 2020 and “I’m very worried about the next 48 hours” on Jan. 5, 2021.

In response to the Committee’s request, Hannity’s attorney Jay Sekulow told Axios, “Any such request would raise serious constitutional issues including First Amendment concerns regarding freedom of the press.”

However, the Committee said in the letter that they were seeking Hannity’s cooperation “on a specific and narrow range of factual questions” and not information regarding his broadcasts, public commentary, or political views.


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