Three Fox News hosts texted then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows during the Jan. 6 riot urging him to press former President Donald Trump to call off his mob of supporters clashing with police at the Capitol, the congressional committee investigating the attack revealed in newly released text messages.
The panel’s vice chair, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., discussed the texts — from Laura Ingraham, Brian Kilmeade and Sean Hannity — in detail at a committee meeting in which the panel advanced a measure referring Meadows to the Justice Department for a contempt of Congress charge over his refusal to testify.
“Indeed, according to the records, multiple Fox News hosts knew the president needed to act immediately” on Jan. 6, Cheney said.
“Mark, the president needs to tell the people in the Capitol to go home. This is hurting all of us. He is destroying his legacy,” Ingraham texted, Cheney said.
She then read from a text she said was from Kilmeade.
“Please get him on TV. Destroying everything you have accomplished,” he wrote.
“Can he make a statement asking people to leave the Capitol?” Hannity asked in a text.
Other texts were said to be from the president’s eldest son.
“We need an oval office address. He has to lead now. It has gone too far. And gotten out of hand,” Trump Jr. said in one of the texts that were read aloud.
These texts contradict the message delivered the same evening where the hosts claimed Antifa was involved.