Jan 6 committee reveals another text message from Fox host to Meadows

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The Jan. 6 Committee on Wednesday revealed another text message from a Fox News anchor to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, sent in the wake of last year’s deadly Capitol uprising.

In this case, the sender was Laura Ingraham. The text in question appeared in the committee request for the voluntary cooperation of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

“On-camera comments discouraging protest in state capital[o]Those especially with guns will be well informed given how hot the situation is, ”Ingraham texted Meadows on January 12, 2021, according to the committee. “[E]Everyone should calm down and pray for our country and for those who lost their lives last week.

In its letter to McCarthy on Wednesday, the committee wrote that it is investigating the potential for continued violence sparked by the falsehoods of former President Trump’s electoral fraud in the days following the insurrection, and that it is aware of communications between White House staff and Trump supporters expressing concern about that. possibility.

As an example, the committee pointed to Ingraham, who, it revealed, sent a text message to Meadows advising the White House to discourage protests in state capitols.

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The committee then noted that McCarthy himself shared similar concerns about Trump’s false claims of an election stolen from a local news organization during the same time frame, before finally regressed in his initial conviction of Trump.

“The capacity for more violence is increasing and we have to stop that and come together as one nation,” McCarthy told Bakersfield, California. news medium days after the insurrection.

Ingraham and McCarthy voiced their concerns during a stressful period. The FBIFor example, it warned of armed protests and attempts to take over state capitols across the country. These protests, the law enforcement agency said in a bulletin, could occur “in all 50 state capitols from January 16 to at least January 20, and in the United States Capitol from January 17 to January 20”. The bulletin also suggested that at least one unidentified group was calling for a repeat of the January 6 uprising on the day of Biden’s inauguration. flyers and publications far-right websites calling for an “armed march on the Capitol and all state capitols” were openly circulating at the time.

The committee has already revealed others, frantic texts from Ingraham, as well as Fox News anchors Sean Hannity and Brian Kilmeade, on the day of the uprising and the days after. The hosts pleaded with Meadows, urging him to find a way to convince Trump to stop the crowd of his supporters as they looted the Capitol.

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