The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has asked Fox News host Sean Hannity to answer questions regarding text messages he sent to the White House before, during and after the deadly insurrection, according to a letter sent to him on Tuesday by House investigators.
Noting it had received “dozens” of his text messages sent to and from former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows that indicate that he had “advance knowledge regarding President Trump’s and his legal team’s planning for January 6th.” In the letter, the panel said it wants to speak with Hannity specifically about his communications with Trump, White House staff and his legal team between December 31, 2020, and January 20, 2021, when President Joe Biden was inaugurated, CNN reports.
On January 5, Hannity reportedly wrote that he was “very worried about the next 48 hours” and the Committee wants to know why he was so concerned about former President Donald Trump’s strategy and conduct before, during and after the attack on the US Capitol.
“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 Hannity in its letter, according to CNN. The committee also cited a separate December 31, 2020, exchange in which Hannity wrote to Meadows, ‘We can’t lose the entire WH counsel’s office. I do not see January 6 happening the way he is being told.”
The Panel said it appeared that Hannity has “detailed knowledge regarding President Trump’s state of mind,” and engaged with the former President numerous times. The committee noted that Hannity spoke directly with Trump on January 5 about “his planning for January 6th” and on January 10, when Hannity “may have raised a number of specific concerns about his possible actions in the days before the January 20th inaugural.”
The committee referenced messages from January 10 that Hannity sent to Meadows and Ohio Republican 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?”
In a text to Meadows on January 5, Hannity also referred to then-Vice President Mike Pence, who oversaw the certification of the 2020 election, saying: “Pence Pressure. WH counsel will leave.”
Hannity’s attorney, Jay Sekulow, told CNN, “We are reviewing the committee’s letter and will respond as appropriate.”