NEWS & ANALYSIS

House Jan. 6 Inquisition Requests Cooperation from Fox News Host Sean Hannity, Publicizes Text Messages


The House January 6th Inquisition wrote a letter Tuesday requesting the cooperation of Fox News host Sean Hannity. 

The letter, signed by Chairman Bennie Thompson and Rep. Liz Cheney, emphasized Hannity’s First Amendment rights as a reporter and said they will not ask about his public commentary, Just the News reports

The Inquisition said Hannity appears “to have factual information directly related to the events” of January 6th and said they want to discuss “other communications [he] may have had with the White House, the President, the Trump legal team or any other persons involved.” 

The letter publicized text messages Hannity sent to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows leading up to the rally. 

“I do NOT see January 6 happening the way he is being told,” Hannity texted Meadows on December 31, 2020. “After the 6 th. [sic] 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.” 

On January 5, 2021, Hannity texted Meadows: “I’m very worried about the next 48 hours” and “Pence pressure. WH counsel will leave.” 

After the riot, Hannity texted Meadows and Rep. Jim Jordan: “Guys, we have a clear path to land the plane in 9 days. 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?” 

Last month, Meadows presented texts from Hannity to the committee. Hannity messaged Meadows while rioters were in the Capitol: “Can he make a statement?” and “Ask people to leave the Capitol.”