Former US President Donald Trump is seen on video during the hearing of the US House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, on Capitol Hill in Washington, United States, on June 9, 2022.
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A former Fox News political editor who was fired by the cable network last year said Friday he would testify Monday at the upcoming House Select Committee hearing on pro-Trump supporters. Riot of January 6 at the Capitol.
Chris Stirewalt made the announcement on cable network Newsnation, where he is the political editor. He said he couldn’t discuss what the testimony would be.
His announcement came the morning after the committee’s first public hearing on the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection, when hundreds of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed through doors and windows to invade the Capitol and delay Congressional confirmation of Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.
The next hearing is scheduled for Monday at 10 a.m. and five more hearings are scheduled thereafter. Fox News did not broadcast the hearing live Thursday night as other news and broadcast networks did. Instead, Fox aired two hours of commercial-free programming from right-wing commentators Tucker Carlson, who called the hearing “propaganda,” and Sean Hannity.
While Fox News broadcast live footage from the hearing, Carlson and others spoke about it, and the camera often focused on the audience and not on footage of the attack on the Capitol. During the hearingthe committee displayed texts from Hannity to then-White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, describing a post-riot “playbook” for Trump.
Stirewalt came under fire from Trump and his supporters after Fox News’ political bureau was the first to call Arizona for Biden in November 2020. That call stunned the political world and all but confirmed that Trump would lose the 2020 election .
Stirewalt was fired in January 2021. Rupert Murdoch, who controls parent company Fox News, told the Washington Post that Stirewalt’s dismissal “had nothing to do with Arizona’s proper appeal by Fox’s decision desk”.
After Fox fired him, Stirewalt, without mentioning Fox News, said media “hype men” helped push the false narrative that the election was stolen from Trump.
“The populist right-wing rebellion against the 2020 election results was in part a cynical and conscious effort by political operators and their media hype men to steal an election or at least get rich trying,” he said. he writes in a Los Angeles Times. editorial. “But it was also the tragic consequence of the informational malnutrition that so severely afflicts the nation.”
Representatives for Fox News and the select committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
CNBC’s Kevin Breuninger and Brian Schwartz contributed to this report.