Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed sentencing recommendation reports in court on Friday against both former Trump attorney Michael Cohen and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, but Fox News host Sean Hannity could only laugh and crack jokes at how weak Mueller’s case has turned out to be.
During the “Opening Monologue” segment of his self-titled Fox News program on Friday, Hannity downplayed the significance of the Mueller reports, saying that they contained nary a mention of any evidence of supposed “collusion” between Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Russian government, which Mueller and his team have been searching for over a year for.
“Nothing to do with Russia”
Hannity first discussed Manafort’s alleged crimes on his program, “none of which have anything to do with President Trump, none of which have to do with Russia, or anything to do with collusion,” he said.
In fact, after mentioning the sentencing memos on Cohen from both Mueller and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Hannity pointed out that the Manafort and Cohen memos both had one important thing in common: “Nothing to do with Russia or collusion, at all. Zero evidence in any of these documents of Trump-Russia collusion. Zero.”
Hannity’s overall takeaway from the memos echoed that of President Donald Trump and White House attorney Rudy Giuliani, who said the reports were a “complete exoneration” that “totally clears” the president of any wrongdoing.
“No evidence of any wrongdoing”
The Fox News host went on to criticize the results of Mueller’s probe. Both Cohen and Manafort potentially face years in prison, Hannity said, and marginal Trump campaign figure George Papadopolous just finished a 12-day jail sentence for lying to investigators.
Former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn also had his career and reputation ruined by Mueller — but not for the crimes Mueller was tasked with investigating.
“When you read these documents, we hear about taxi medallions, fraudulent loan applications, tax evasion, lying about a potential project in Moscow that never got off the ground, and whether they stopped talking about it in January in 2016 or June in 2016,” Hannity said.
“Wow, the horror,” he continued sarcastically. “How will America ever recover? Clearly an election was stolen after all of this information.”
He added: “After months of intense investigations, millions and millions and millions of your dollars spent, seedy perjury traps, legal coercio …we have absolutely no evidence of any wrongdoing by the president of the United States… And then you ask yourself this question: Do you feel safer tonight?”
Watch Hannity’s full opening statement:
Clearly, Hannity was less than impressed with the contents of the sentencing memos offered up by Mueller against Cohen and Manafort, as he used nearly half of his opening monologue to explain exactly why he was so dismissive of the Mueller reports.
As noted, there was nothing in either that conclusively linked Trump’s campaign to Russia or signified any actual collusion or a conspiracy between the two. Instead, they both were focused on entirely unrelated crimes that either occurred prior to the 2016 campaign or after Mueller’s investigation began, proving once again that this investigation is largely a “witch hunt” designed to drag down Trump and his associates as retribution for his 2016 electoral victory.