You can talk about returning norms. The Democrats have brought back something but it’s anything but “normal.” They’ve brought back the “Committee” that’s starting to border on the McCarthy-like.
I don’t say that lightly. The Jan. 6 Committee is now asking to “speak” to Sean Hannity, seeking his “voluntary cooperation” in its effort to find anything with which they can to smear him or Republicans. What is their excuse? He wrote to Mark Meadows, the former chief of staff at White House, about his worries. OK, how about that?
Sean Hannity is being sought by the Committee for information.
Chair @BennieGThompsonChairperson and Vice-chair @RepLizCheneyAsk Hannity to answer questions regarding matters such as communications between Hannity, Mark Meadows and other people in the days leading up to Jan 6. pic.twitter.com/wXtOGSsneg
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) January 4, 2022
None of Hannity’s texts indicated that he knew that there was going to be a riot or that he had any involvement in it. You know — that thing the Committee claims that they are investigating. Texts show that there is a genuine concern over the possibility of challenging the election. Again, so? It’s similar to how the Committee tried to make something about Fox hosts being concerned during the riot and calling Meadows to see what could be done to stop it. If anything, the texts were not exonerating.
Talking about strategy with Meadows or President Donald Trump isn’t any of the Committee’s business, unless they can show a demonstrable nexus to the riot. If they can’t, it is simply a lie and an effort to obtain private communications. The McCarthyism example I mentioned is a good one. Plus it’s very concerning when you have the government going after a journalist.
The two know Hannity would likely say to them that they should pound the sand. Then they would use that refusal to intimate he knew more and doesn’t want to help them. It is possible that they will drop the subpoena. But ultimately, they don’t want to have him testify because he wasn’t involved and he’d say that. Because they are confident that most of the people left would be able to manipulate seals and will not object, they want him to come under the microscope with intimation.
They are already trying to push the “Chris Cuomo” point: that if Hannity was involved politically with Trump, that Fox should fire him for having a conflict. Hannity, however is opinion journalism. Unlike Cuomo, he isn’t pretending to be objective news. There isn’t any conflict, unlike Cuomo. Moreover, Hannity didn’t lie and didn’t allegedly target his brother’s accusers. Fox would laugh at them.
There’s also another thing likely going on here — the effort to potentially chill anyone around from helping or being involved with Trump to impair his ability to run again in the future. They’re hoping to impair or sow dissension.
As Jay Sekulow, Hannity’s attorney, pointed out, the Committee is going down a bad road, “If true, any such request would raise serious constitutional issues including First Amendment concerns regarding freedom of the press.”
That’s the problem with this whole thing. It is obvious what the Committee does. With the FBI, there is a lot federal investigation of this event. In the lead-up to 2022, this Committee was focused on attacking Republicans. Except there’s a fundamental problem that they have: they have no evidence of involvement of any Republican in anything apart from upset over the election. But they don’t care about this, just like they didn’t care that Russia collusion was a hoax — it’s about how they can use the riot to help their own ends.