The House Select Committee investigating the events surrounding the Capitol riot has requested Fox News host Sean Hannity cooperate with the panel’s investigation. During the Capitol riot, Hannity texted then-chief of staff Mark Meadows, asking him to urge Trump to condemn the rioters.
In a letter to Hannity, Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) 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.”
Jay Sekulow, counsel to Sean Hannity, told Axios, “If true, any such request would raise serious constitutional issues including First Amendment concerns regarding freedom of the press.”
Axios has not yet been able to establish the nature of the cooperation the committee plans to ask of Hannity. Committee officials have said Hannity was among several Fox News hosts who were texting Meadows during the riot.
The letter cited text conversations with Meadows, in which Hannity said, “I do NOT see January 6 happening the way he is being told.” He instead advocated for Trump to go to Florida and focus on election reform.
Hannity was among several Fox News employees who also texted Meadows on Jan. 6th. However, Hannity often acted as a friend and informal adviser to Trump.