Sean Hannity tried to dissuade Trump from Jan. 6 strategy, texts show

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The texts are the latest indication that some of the former president’s closest allies grew increasingly alarmed by his actions in the aftermath of his defeat, despite not saying so publicly. Hannity was one of Trump’s staunchest media allies throughout his candidacy and presidency and he has often relied on Hannity for his counsel and conservative media megaphone.

Hannity warned Meadows in a Jan. 5 text that amid the “Pence pressure … WH counsel will leave.” It was an apparent reference to efforts by Trump and his allies to press Pence to unilaterally block the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory.

The texts were revealed in a letter from Jan. 6 committee chair Bennie Thompson and Vice Chair Liz Cheney requesting an interview with Hannity, calling him a “fact witness” in their inquiry.

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