Rep. Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonSunday shows preview: Omicron surge continues; anniversary of Jan. 6 attack approaches Key Trump adviser Bernard Kerik hands Jan. 6 panel trove of documentsJan. 6 committee hoping to issue interim report by summer: reportMORE (D-Miss.) on Sunday said the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol has significant testimony suggesting that the White House had been told to do something as the riot was taking place on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue.
Asked by co-anchor Dana BashDana BashHarry Reid, political pugilist and longtime Senate majority leader, diesHouse Republican, Democrat say political environment on Capitol Hill is ‘toxic’10 Democrats who could run in 2024 if Biden doesn’tMORE on CNNs State of the Union if the Jan. 6 panel has learned more about what then-President TrumpDonald TrumpOne in three Americans say violence against government sometimes justified: pollSeven most vulnerable governors facing reelection in 2022Sunday shows preview: Omicron surge continues; anniversary of Jan. 6 attack approaches MORE was, or was not, doing during the attack from witnesses testimony, Thompson said yes, we have.
We have significant testimony that leads us to believe that the White House had been told to do something. We want to verify all of it, so that, when we produce our report and when we have the hearings, the public will have an opportunity to see for themselves, he added.
Text messages submitted to the committee by Trump chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsTrump spokesman suing Jan. 6 panel, says he is cooperating with investigationJim Jordan says he has ‘real concerns’ with Jan. 6 panel after sit-down request Jan. 6 panel seeks sit-down with Jim JordanMORE and read aloud last month by Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneySunday shows preview: Omicron surge continues; anniversary of Jan. 6 attack approaches Eleven interesting races to watch in 2022The 10 biggest news stories of the yearMORE (R-Wyo.), the vice chair of the committee, show a number of individuals, including Fox News personalities and his son Donald Trump Jr., pleading with Meadows to have the president condemn the violence.
In one message, Donald Trump Jr. told Meadows Hes got to condemn this shit ASAP.
I’m pushing it hard. I agree, Meadows responded.
In a separate text to Meadows, the president’s son wrote We need an Oval Office address. He has to lead now. It has gone too far and gotten out of hand.
Fox News Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamWhat we’ve learned from the Meadows documentsBrad Parscale says Jan. 6 committee issued subpoena for his phone recordsWho will abandon Fox News next?MORE also reached out to Meadows, telling him, Mark, president needs to tell people in the Capitol to go home. This is hurting all of us. He is destroying his legacy.
Brian Kilmeade, a Fox & Friends host, texted Meadows, Please get him on TV. Destroying everything you have accomplished.
Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick Hannity2021’s top political celebrity momentsThe 10 Republicans most likely to run for president5 Trump quotes that indicate he will run in 2024MORE also contacted the chief of staff, writing Can he make a statement? Ask people to leave the Capitol.
Meadows, after Cheney publicly read the texts, said the messages sent by the Fox News hosts have been “weaponized” in an effort to cast Trump in a negative light.
He said the committee had “selectively leaked” the texts “to put out a narrative, quite frankly, that the president didn’t act.”
Both Hannity and Ingraham defended the messages they sent to Meadows. Hannity said he would have said the same thing he texted Meadows in public, and Ingraham said “both publicly and privately I said what I believe: that the Jan. 6 breach at the Capitol was a terrible thing. Crimes were committed.”
“Some people were unfairly hounded and persecuted, but it was not an insurrection. To say anything different is beyond dishonest and it ignores the facts of that day,” she added.