Reliable sources: Radio producer Hannity contacts Trump with ‘proof’

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In early January 2021, during the tumultuous political period before Joe Biden took office as president, the executive producer of Sean Hannity’s radio show wanted to meet directly with then-president Donald Trump.

Producer Lynda McLaughlin texted Mark Meadows, Trump’s acting chief of staff at the time, with a big question, saying she had “hard facts.”[ed] evidence of fraud” – evidently about the 2020 election. McLaughlin called the questionable information “irrefutable” and sought to take it directly to Trump.

“Mark – are we able to present our data to POTUS?” McLaughlin asked.

The previously undisclosed texts were released in “The Breach” on Tuesday by former Rep. Denver Riggleman, who served as a previous adviser to the Jan. 6 committee.

CNN Reliable Sources has independently obtained the same messages McLaughlin sent to Meadows. (A version of this article first appeared in the Reliable Sources newsletter. You can sign up for free here.)

Riggleman’s unauthorized book, which was not well received by the Jan. 6 committee, bills itself as a “behind-the-scenes look” at the investigation into the Capitol attack. Contains previously unpublished material, such as this exchange between McLaughlin and Meadows.

Through a spokeswoman, McLaughlin declined to comment. An attorney for Meadows did not respond to a request for comment. Neither did any of Trump’s spokespeople or Hannity’s spokespeople.

The messages underscore the intimate relationship Hannity, his team and the right-wing media shared with the Trump White House. The sordid relationship revealed in the messages reveals that in many cases right-wing media outlets and personalities not only covered the Trump White House in a positive light, but worked hand in hand with it.

For example, when McLaughlin introduced herself to Meadows (“Hey it’s Lynda from Hannity”) and told Meadows she was “rallying the troops,” Meadows responded by thanking her for her “wonderful” contribution and connecting her with the Trump-supporting representative. Jim Jordan “Jim Jordan [sic] will be happy to coordinate with the House team,” Meadows wrote to McLaughlin. “Do you need his contact?”

A spokesman for Jordan did not respond to a request for comment.

And Meadows stopped responding to McLaughlin later in the interview after he asked to meet with Trump. But the messages, of course, show that Meadows continued to communicate with Hannity until after the devastating Capitol attack. And it’s no secret that Hannity himself worked as Trump’s top informal adviser.