What Chris Stirewalt, Fired by Fox News, Has Said Ahead of 1/6 Testimony

Former Fox News editor Chris Stirewalt is set to testify Monday before the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot after previously blasting the network for its coverage of the 2020 presidential election.

Stirewalt said during an appearance on NewsNation Friday that he will be giving his testimony on Monday. He was unable to specify exactly what he would be speaking about, but he previously condemned his former employer for spreading unproven theories about the 2020 election.

A little over 17 months ago, supporters of former President Donald Trump violently attacked the U.S. Capitol in an effort to force lawmakers to vote against certifying President Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over claims that the election was stolen due to widespread voter fraud. No evidence has been provided to back up these claims, however.

In the months that followed, lawmakers launched a committee to investigate the riot to better understand how it was incited.

A 'Knowing Effort' to 'Steal an Election'

The former editor said he was fired from the network after calling Biden's win in Arizona on election night, which prompted backlash from Trump and his supporters, who claimed the call was premature even though Biden did end up winning the key swing state.

What Chris Stirewalt has said about Fox
Former Fox News editor Chris Stirewalt is set to testify Monday before the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot. He has previously condemned the network’s coverage of Donald Trump’s election fraud claims. Above, the News Corporation building is seen in New York City in March 2019. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

In an opinion piece for the Los Angeles Times in January 2021, he defended calling the state for Biden while also offering veiled criticisms of Fox News, without naming the company.

"The rebellion on the populist right against the results of the 2020 election was partly a cynical, knowing effort by political operators and their hype men in the media to steal an election or at least get rich trying," he wrote. "But it was also the tragic consequence of the informational malnourishment so badly afflicting the nation."

Fox News, meanwhile, has denied that he was fired over the call. Rupert Murdoch, the network's owner, told The Washington Post in February 2021 that Stirewalt's "leaving had nothing to do with the correct Arizona call by the Fox decision desk."

'Echoed Trump' and 'Primed the Pump' for Jan. 6

Stirewalt delivered a more pointed criticism of the network this past December.

In an interview with CNN, he discussed text messages sent by Fox News hosts urging Trump's then-chief of staff Mark Meadows to urge the president to do more to stop the riot, but he criticized some of his former colleagues for parroting Trump's voter fraud claims.

"Those people who stormed the Capitol took seriously what hosts like Hannity and Ingraham and others said over the course of the election. This is very suspicious, mail ballots are very bad. This whole thing could be rigged. As they echoed Trump, they primed the pump, they created that space," he said.

His testimony comes as the committee's investigation enters a new phase following a televised hearing last Thursday. Fox News, however, did not air the hearing on their main channel, where hosts mocked the committee—adding to the criticism the network has faced for downplaying the riot while also promoting baseless voter fraud claims.

Newsweek reached out to Fox News for comment.