Sean Hannity and Fox News staff knew Trump lost the election

Information revealed at a court hearing showed Hannity admitted he did not believe conspiracy theories of a conspiracy to steal the 2020 election.

In the weeks following the 2020 election — and leading up to the Jan. 6 riot — Sean Hannity and other Fox News networks reported extensively on conspiracy theories of an election-rigging conspiracy against President Donald Trump. Even as the station devoted airtime to wild conspiracy theories, many of which centered on alleged interference by voting machine manufacturer Dominion Voting Systems, many wondered how much Hannity or the other Fox News employees actually believed these stories.

The answer? Apparently not at all.

“I didn’t believe it for a second,” Hannity said in testimony for Dominion’s lawsuit against Fox News and Fox Corporation, according to the New York Times. The filing was released during a Dec. 21 hearing in the case in which Dominion is suing the cable news giant for alleged defamation for $1.6 billion.

Hannity wasn’t alone; According to Dominion’s attorney Stephen Shackelford during the Delaware Superior Court hearing, “not a single Fox witness” came up with anything to support the allegations made against Dominion during their reporting, and other high-profile figures on the network shared Hannity’s disbelief at the network’s rhetoric, which urged such as Meade Cooper, the head of prime-time programming, and his colleague Tucker Carlson.

According to Shackelford, when asked about his beliefs, Carlson “tried to squirm his testimony.” Shackelford was referring to text messages the host sent between November and December 2020 before Judge Eric M. David interrupted him.

During the hearing, a second Dominion attorney, Justin Nelson, said the company received evidence that an unnamed Fox Corporation employee attempted to intercede with the White House to get Trump to cut the ties with Sidney Powell , a former federal prosecutor and frequent guest on Fox News, who helped spread the fraud allegations.

During the trial, Judge Davis ruled that evidence Dominion used in its court filings against Fox would be kept classified and not available to the public, but warned both parties that this position could be reversed.

The Dominion lawsuit will go before a grand jury this April. The lawsuit was first filed in March 2021, shortly after the January 6 riot. The company has created more than 52,000 emails and text messages from Fox News and Fox Corporation employees for use in the upcoming trial, according to a statement by Fox attorney Dan K. Webb during the hearing.

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Lindsay Lowe

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