Fox News host Martha MacCallum warned that the Jan. 6 committee hearings could be used in political advertisements.
While it violates House ethics rules, she said Democrats could use clips of them in commercials.
“Not to say it’s not truthful, but it will be very useful in upcoming campaigns,” she said.
Fox News host Martha MacCallum speculated that Democrats could use footage from the House Select Committee hearings during the 2022 midterms and 2024 presidential election.
While MacCallum did not dispute the testimonies of witnesses who spoke of former President Donald Trump’s efforts to undermine the 2020 election, she predicted the images will be “altered” in campaign ads.
“Also, every time I look at these hearings, I think, there’s another campaign ad, right?” said MacCallum. “There will come another time when this will all be turned around — not to say it’s not truthful — but it’s going to be extremely helpful in upcoming campaigns, especially the presidential one, if you look back at what we’ve got in terms of the Mike Pence part of it all.”
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This would be illegal under the law House Ethics Rulesprohibiting “radio and television tapes and films of any coverage of the work of the House Committee” from being used by campaigns or organizations “to promote or oppose a person’s candidacy for public office.”
MacCallum also took issue with the lack of Republican representation on the committee, despite Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois both serving as GOP members on the panel.
“One of the things that strikes me, John, just in terms of the political landscape here, is that A. there’s no opposition asking questions,” MacCallum said. “And I think most of these people will probably hold up well, but I think it would give a little more credibility if someone in that room said, ‘Yeah, but what about this? about that?’ But we don’t get that in the current environment.”
MacCallum, like other Fox News hosts and contributors who have argued that the commission is not split equally between the two major American parties, made no mention of Senate vote to block official bipartisan committee of its founding, nor house speaker Nancy Pelosi admitting nearly all of the choices made by House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy.
She also pointed to the lack of evidence from Trump’s legal team to substantiate their voter fraud claims as one of her key points from Tuesday’s hearing.
“It’s very compelling, and the lack of evidence is the huge, stunning, clear-cut moment here where these people say, ‘Look, I’ve supported you, please give me something to work with, and it just won’t work out,'” said MacCallum.
Fox News did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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