UPDATE, 2:31 PM PT: The House committee investigating the January 6th attack on the Capitol released its letter requesting cooperation from Fox News host Sean Hannity.

In the letter — which you can read here — they also include some of Hannity’s texts he sent to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and other White House officials in the days before and after the riot at the Capitol complex.

On Dec. 31, according to the committee, Hannity wrote to Meadows, “We can’t lose the entire WH counsels office. I do NOT see January 6 happening the way he is being told. 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.”

In their letter to Hannity, the committee’s chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and its vice chair, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), wrote, “Among many other things, this text suggests that you had knowledge of concerns by President Trump’s White House Counsel’s Office regarding the legality of the former President’s plans for January 6th. These facts are directly relevant to our inquiry.”

On the evening of January 5, according to the committee, Hannity wrote, “Im very worried about the next 48 hours.” In another text sent on Jan. 5, Hannity wrote to Meadows, “Pence pressure. WH counsel will leave.” That was an apparent warning that White House Counsel Pat Cipollone would leave the administration if pressure was placed on Vice President Mike Pence to reject the electoral vote count on January 6. Pence did not.

They wrote to Hannity, “It also appears from other text messages that you may have had a conversation directly with President Trump on the evening of January 5th (and perhaps at other times) regarding his planning for January 6th. Each of these non-privileged communications is directly relevant to our investigation.”

PREVIOUSLY: The House committee investigating the January 6th attack on the Capitol plans to seek the voluntary cooperation of Fox News host Sean Hannity.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), a member of the committee, told CNN on Tuesday that the committee has dozens of texts that Hannity sent to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, “in his role as an apparent political operative, indications of his communications with the president and others on strategy.”

Lofgren said that the committee is making a request to Hannity, and that it was not a subpoena.

“We have asked him to cooperate with us as a fact witness out of his sense of patriotism, and we hope that he will respond because we have so many of these texts and pieces of evidence indicating that he was outside of his role as a press person, acting as a political operative,” Lofgren said.

In an appearance on MSNBC, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) also confirmed the request to Hannity. Axios, which first reported the request, quoted Hannity’s attorney, Jay Sekulow as saying, “If true, any such request would raise serious constitutional issues including First Amendment concerns regarding freedom of the press.” Fox News has not released a statement on the House request.

Lofgren said that texts obtained by the committee are “relating to a variety of subjects, plotting on the 6th, strategy about WH counsel and the like, and we would like to ask [Hannity] about that. It is not about his broadcast or his political views or anything of that nature.”

Last month, Hannity blasted the committee after its top Republican, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), disclosed a text that he sent to Meadows as the January 6th siege was unfolding, along with those sent by other Fox News personalities. They pleaded with Meadows to get President Donald Trump to make a public statement to get the rioters to end the assault. “Can he make a statement, ask people to leave the Capitol?” Hannity wrote to Meadows.

On his Jan. 6 show last year, Hannity condemned the violence and said that “all of today’s perpetrators must be arrested an prosecuted to the full extent of the law.” But he went on to call the election a “trainwreck,” and cited a Gallup poll that showed 83% “do not have faith in these election results.”

“You can’t just snap that finger and hope it goes away,” he said. He added that there were “always bad actors that will infiltrate large crowds.”

Before and since the attack, Trump has made the false claim that the election was stolen from him, even though his own Justice Department failed to find evidence of widespread fraud. Trump and his allies also lost dozens of court challenges, while recounts and audits failed to change the outcome.

On MSNBC, Schiff said that Hannity “was more than a FOX host. He was also a confidant, adviser, campaigner for the former president. And I would hope that, if he’s asked by the committee, as I expect he will be very soon, that he would cooperate with us.”

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