Jan. 6 panel chair says 'significant testimony' shows White House 'had been told to do something'

Rep. Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonAlex Jones says he invoked Fifth Amendment 'almost 100 times' before Jan. 6 panel Democrats ask for information on specialized Border Patrol teams The Hill's Morning Report - US warns Kremlin, weighs more troops to Europe MORE (D-Miss.) on Sunday said the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol has “significant testimony” suggesting that the White House “had been told to do something” as the riot was taking place on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Asked by co-anchor Dana BashDana BashNYC mayor says he will reinstitute modified plainclothes police anti-gun unit Sanders says Biden can't count on him to support 'almost any' spending package compromise Sanders says Republicans are 'laughing all the way to Election Day' MORE on CNN’s “State of the Union” if the Jan. 6 panel has learned more about what then-President TrumpDonald TrumpDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Overnight Health Care — Senators unveil pandemic prep overhaul MORE was or was not doing during the attack from witnesses testimony, Thompson, the committee's chairman, said, “Yes, we have.”

“We have significant testimony that leads us to believe that the White House had been told to do something. We want to verify all of it so that when we produce our report and when we have the hearings the public will have an opportunity to see for themselves,” he added.

Text messages submitted to the committee by Trump chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsAre the legal walls closing in on Donald Trump? Jan. 6 probe roils Cheney race in Wyoming House has the power to subpoena its members — but does it have the will? MORE and read aloud last month by Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden faces Ukraine decision amid Russia aggression Cheney hits Gingrich for saying Jan. 6 panel members may be jailed The Hill's Morning Report - US warns Kremlin, weighs more troops to Europe MORE (R-Wyo.), the vice chairwoman of the committee, show a number of individuals, including Fox News personalities and Donald Trump Jr. pleading with Meadows to have the president condemn the violence.

In one message, the president's son told Meadows, “He’s got to condemn this shit ASAP.”

“I'm pushing it hard. I agree,” Meadows responded.

In a separate text to Meadows, Trump Jr. wrote, “We need an Oval Office address. He has to lead now. It has gone too far and gotten out of hand.”

Fox News’s Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamLaura Ingraham 'not saying' if she'd support Trump in 2024 Fox News tops ratings for coverage on Jan. 6 anniversary events Division reigns over Jan. 6 anniversary MORE also reached out to Meadows, telling him, “Mark, president needs to tell people in the Capitol to go home. This is hurting all of us. He is destroying his legacy.”

Brian Kilmeade, a “Fox & Friends” host, texted Meadows, “Please get him on TV. Destroying everything you have accomplished.”

Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityBiden frustration with Fox News breaks through surface Briefing in brief: US commitment to NATO 'ironclad' CNN's Acosta on Doocy and Biden: 'We never got an apology' from Trump MORE also contacted the chief of staff, writing, “Can he make a statement? Ask people to leave the Capitol.”

Meadows, after Cheney publicly read the texts, said the messages sent by the Fox News hosts have been "weaponized" in an effort to cast Trump in a negative light.

He said the committee had "selectively leaked" the texts "to put out a narrative, quite frankly, that the president didn't act."

Both Hannity and Ingraham defended their statements about the attack after their text messages were revealed. Hannity said he would have said the same thing he texted Meadows in public, and Ingraham said, "Both publicly and privately I said what I believe: that the Jan. 6 breach at the Capitol was a terrible thing. Crimes were committed."

"Some people were unfairly hounded and persecuted, but it was not an insurrection. To say anything different is beyond dishonest and it ignores the facts of that day," she added.