Fox News host Sean Hannity has long been a vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump. Yet Texas Public Radio reported last week that the two have split on a major issue.
According to the radio outlet, Hannity recently said under oath that he always knew Trump didn’t win the 2020 election.
That admission came while Hannity was being deposed in a $1.6 billion defamation suit filed by Colorado-based Dominion Voting Systems against Fox News.
Hannity: “I did not believe it for one second”
The suit contends that Fox News had a policy of “intentionally and falsely blaming Dominion for President Trump’s loss by rigging the election.”
Among the “verifiably false yet devastating lies” the network stands accused of spreading are that Dominion committed election fraud and used its software to manipulate vote counts.
Stephen Shackelford, Jr. is an attorney for Dominion, and he said during a Delaware Superior Court hearing on Wednesday that Hannity was unequivocal when asked if he believed the former president’s loss was due to fraud, stating, “I did not believe it for one second.”
Hannity was not the only Fox News figure to be deposed: Shackelford said network executive vice president Meade Cooper also acknowledged that “she never believed the lies about Dominion.”
Shackelford went on to make disparaging comments about Tucker Carlson, asserting that the Fox News host “tried to squirm out of” the question in his own deposition.
However, Judge Eric Davis was quick to cut Shackelford off when he attempted to bring up text messages Carlson sent in the waning months of 2020.
Fox News “confident” it will prevail
Forbes quoted a statement released by Fox News earlier this month in which the media giant predicted that it would be victorious.
“We are confident we will prevail as freedom of the press is foundational to our democracy and must be protected, in addition to the damages claims being outrageous, unsupported and not rooted in sound financial analysis, serving as nothing more than a flagrant attempt to deter our journalists from doing their jobs,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, Vanity Fair cited a September statement from Dominion which said, “If it were up to Fox, the more ‘newsworthy’ the lie, the greater their right to spread it.”
“However, the First Amendment does not give broadcasters the right to knowingly spread lies or disregard the truth,” it continued. “As our complaint alleges, Fox chose to sell a false story about Dominion in order to prop up its ratings.”
“Now, by falsely invoking the First Amendment, Fox is attempting to change the narrative to cover up for its complicity—from the highest levels down—in knowingly spreading lies.”