Hannity and Ingraham respond to revelations about their text messages to Trump aide during Capitol riot

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Fox Information anchors Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham dismissed the discharge of their messages to former White Home chief of employees Mark Meadows through the 6 January Capitol Hill riot, calling it a “smear marketing campaign” in opposition to them.

On Monday, the Home Choose Committee investigating the rebellion launched a report detailing Mr Meadows’ communications with folks together with former president Donald Trump’s son, Fox Information personalities and lawmakers, urging him to get the then-President to cease the riots in real-time.

Among the many Fox Information personalities whose messages have been learn out by Congresswoman Liz Cheney, the committee’s vice chair, have been from Hannity and Ingraham.

“Can he make a press release? Ask folks to depart the Capitol?” wrote Hannity in an alleged textual content to Mr Meadows.

Afterward Monday, Hannity invited Mr Meadows on his present to defend himself, however made no point out of his textual content messages to the previous White Home official urging him to ask Mr Trump to cease the riots.

Underneath fireplace for not addressing the textual content messages on his present on Monday, Hannity stated on Tuesday that the textual content messages solely stated what he has stated publicly.

“In an try and smear yours actually (pointing to himself) in addition to president Trump, Congresswoman Cheney introduced one in every of my textual content messages from 6 January to Mark Meadows,” Hannity stated on his present on Tuesday.

“Shock, shock, shock! I stated to Mark Meadows the very same factor I used to be saying dwell on the radio on the time and on TV that night time … By the best way, the place is the outrage within the media over my non-public textual content messages being launched once more publicly?!”

“Can we imagine in privateness on this nation? Apparently not.”

Hannity then hit out at Ms Cheney for studying out his texts in public.

“I’m an sincere, straight ahead individual. I say the identical factor in non-public that I say to all of you. Liz Cheney is aware of this. She doesn’t appear to care.”

“She is just concerned about one factor. Smearing Trump and purging him from the celebration. And now she’s partnering with the exact same folks (curiously folks ought to ask her in the event that they ever get to interview her), the identical people who find themselves evil murdering warfare prison and a criminal. As a way to what? Take a shot on the former president?”

He additionally demanded that Ms Cheney’s textual content messages with the previous president be launched to determine her vested pursuits to settle private scores via the committee.

Afterward her present on Tuesday night time, Ingraham additionally defended her textual content messages from 6 January.

In her message to Mr Meadows, Ingraham had written, “The president wants to inform folks within the Capitol to go dwelling. That is hurting all of us. He’s destroying his legacy.”

“In fact, the regime media was someway making an attempt to twist this message to smear me,” she stated on Tuesday including that she too had stated within the textual content message what she has stated in public earlier than.

“Each publicly in addition to in non-public I stated the identical factor. That the breach of the Capitol was a horrible factor,” she stated.

“Crimes have been dedicated, some folks have been unfairly hounded and persecuted and prosecuted. Nevertheless it was not an rebellion. To say something totally different, is past dishonest and ignores the details of the day.”

Ingraham additionally hit out on the Biden administration’s investigation into the 6 January Capitol Hill riot and stated, “As a sensible matter, there may be this inconvenient fact. The Democrats have been going after 6 January riots for the entire 12 months.”

“What occurred to bringing the nation collectively? What occurred to shutting down Covid?” she requested.

The total Home of Representatives will vote on the measure to advance referring Mr Meadows to the US Division of Justice on prison contempt of Congress expenses on 14 December.