Geraldo Rivera Confronts Sean Hannity Over Texts Sent to Mark Meadows
Geraldo Rivera and Dan Bongino had an argument on Tuesday during which Geraldo argued that former President Donald Trump had instigated a deadly Capitol riot by texting with the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows. Sean Hannity interrupted Geraldo and accused Rivera of lying about messages he sent Meadows and backstabbing Trump.
The text messages, which were exchanged between Meadows and Hannity, were revealed during Monday’s hearing to sanction Meadows. Hannity, Rep. Liz Cheney, and Rep. Brian Kilmeade read the texts aloud during Monday’s hearing to sanction Meadows.
Fox News host Geraldo Rivera denied that he sent the messages to Meadows. However, he did claim that he and Hannity were under investigation for inciting riots near the Capitol building. He cited a report by the New York attorney General. Rivera stated in his report that the riots weren’t a crime against the United States government, but were a provocateur attack on its system.
On Jan. 6th, the House committee investigating the Capitol riots released texts between Hannity and Mark Meadows. While these texts did not contain explicit threats against Meadows, they did urge him to speak out and stop the rioters. Those comments came just hours before the House voted to hold Meadows in contempt of Congress. Meadows is now under investigation by the Justice Department.
Hannity has since defended the President and denied that the texts were a conspiracy. Despite the accusations, Hannity has maintained that he only reacted to the texts in private and that his private comments are different from his public statements.