This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," October 17, 2016. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
SEAN HANNITY, HOST: And welcome to "Hannity." And we are coming to you from the MGM Grand. We're in beautiful Las Vegas, where in less than 48 hours, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will face often in the third and final presidential debate right here on the Fox News Channel.
Also tonight, new information released from WikiLeaks could upend Clinton's presidential campaign. And today, the FBI releases documents related to the Clinton server investigation. And what do they uncover but a quid pro quo offer. We'll explain that in just a few minutes. Newt Gingrich will also join us, as well as Laura Ingraham.
But first tonight, we'll report what the mainstream media refuses to tell you. Now, get a pen and notepad ready. Throughout the program, we're going to put a lot of things up on the scene that you're going to want to see.
Now, a shocking new undercover video from James O'Keefe's Project Veritas appears to show Democratic operatives admitting that they're responsible for stoking the violence that we have seen at Trump campaign rallies. Now, Fox News Channel has not independently verified the content in the video, but what was caught on tape is beyond disturbing. Watch this.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If you're there and you're protesting and you do these actions, you will be attacked at Trump rallies.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Definitely.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh. So -- oh, oh! So that's part of the process...
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: ... the reaction. OK.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The whole point of it is that we know that Trump's people will (EXPLETIVE DELETED). The security team will freak out and his supporters will lose their (EXPLETIVE DELETED).
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is Scott Foval. He is the national field director for Americans United for Change. He used to work for People for the American Way, an organization funded by George Soros. He also has his own company called the Foval Group. He is one of the dark operatives for the Clinton campaign.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (INAUDIBLE) directly with the DNC and the campaign both.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes. I am contracted to him, but I answer to the head of special events for the DNC and the head of the special events (INAUDIBLE) for the (INAUDIBLE) campaign.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, the campaign
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: DNC, DNC (INAUDIBLE)
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (INAUDIBLE)
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The Foval Group -- the Foval Group goes and executes (EXPLETIVE DELETED).
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Democracy Partners is a private political a consulting company with deep tie to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama's White House and the Democratic National Committee.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We add (ph) the primary mechanism as a team. Democracy Partners is (INAUDIBLE)
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Wherever Trump and Pence are going to be, we have events.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: OK.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And we have a whole team across the country that does that, both consultants and people from the Democratic Party and the Democratic Party apparatus and people from the campaign, the Clinton campaign. And you know, my role in the campaign is to manage all that.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So I'm basically a deputy rapid response director for the DNC for all things Trump on the ground.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This guy is Aaron Black (ph). He works full-time for Cramer (ph) at Democracy Partners. He directs the spontaneous protests at Trump and Pence events. His real name is actually Aaron Minter (ph). We don't know why he uses the name Black.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Nobody's really supposed to know about me. So the Chicago protest, when they shot all that, that was us. It was more him than me. But none of this is supposed to come back to us because we want it coming from people. We don't want it to come from the party.
So if we do a protest (INAUDIBLE) DNC protest, it's -- right away, the press is going to say partisan. But if I'm in there coordinating with all the groups on the ground and sort of playing field general, but they're the ones talking to the cameras, then it's actually people. But if we send out press advisories with DNC on them and Clinton campaign, it just doesn't have the same effect.
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HANNITY: And there's a lot more to come. Now, we reached out to the people and groups mentioned in that full video, as well as the Clinton campaign and the DNC for comments. Scoot Foval and Americans United for Change are the only ones to get back to us. Foval's statement about the video reads in part, quote, "This scheme to cast legitimate organizing activities as a sinister plot is nothing but a ruse."
Foval later goes on to say, "All who view these recordings should remember that they are speculative conversations, where we attempted to correct a misguided idea put forth by O'Keefe and his cronies, and we did not take the bait."
And the president of Americans United for Change, Brad Woodhouse (ph), he responded to the video by saying, in part, quote, "Americans United for Change has always operated according to highest ethical and legal standards. Scott Foval -- he's no longer associated with Americans United for Change."
HANNITY: All right, now here to get reaction, we bring with us the author of The New York Times best-seller "Treason," former speaker of the House, Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich.
I want to read one more thing that came out here, Mr. Speaker, if I may because in this video, they explain the flow of money and their rapid response operations, and this is what they say. "The campaign pays the DNC. The DNC pays Democracy Partners. Democracy Partners pays the Foval group. The Foval group goes out and executes these (INAUDIBLE) on the ground," meaning when they foment anger and fighting and even take credit and brag about that they're responsible for what happened in Chicago when they stopped Donald Trump from giving a speech.
What is your reaction to all these tapes?
NEWT GINGRICH, R-FMR. HOUSE SPEAKER, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Well, I think if it turns out to be a systematic organization that blocked Trump from even having a meeting in Chicago, it's a direct assault on democracy and on the rule of law.
And of course, just yesterday, you had a Republican campaign headquarters in North Carolina that was firebombed, something which I think was an act of intimidation. It's designed really to say to people, You better not go to Republican headquarters. Who knows what's going to happen.
I mean, this is the sort of thing -- the left is so terrified of a genuine outsider winning that you're getting this kind of really illegal and anti- American activities that we should all be condemning, including, by the way, Hillary Clinton. I mean, she should adamantly condemn it. She should fire anybody who's in the chain that paid for it, and let's clean this thing up.
HANNITY: Well, Mr. Speaker, I take it a step further. I want to know what she knows and when she knew it because they are more than suggesting -- they are saying on this tape that they are coordinating with the DNC, they are coordinating with -- by the way, that would be a violation of campaign finance law.
But all of this is coordinated. All of this is designed, that this is organized by them around the country to create a false image that Trump campaigns are violent. And they said they're doing it in every city, in every town and every state. And they themselves are fomenting the violence.
I mean, what does that say if the DNC and the campaign's involved in this?
GINGRICH: Well, one of the tragedies of having a politically corrupt Justice Department is that there's nobody there to do the policing. I mean, who are you going to turn to? Because these people are so deeply now committed to a corrupt establishment that you can't get the kind of response you ought to be getting.
And this goes all the way back to 2012, when there were clear examples of voter intimidation in Philadelphia, and the attorney general himself refused to investigate it. So I think this is...
GINGRICH: These people are living in a gray zone that is being created by the decay of the justice system in the United States.
HANNITY: They call it conflict engagement, is how they describe it. But I want to go back to this -- how this is all intertwined here. Foval explained and is on tape here saying that they set it up to allow the DNC and the Clinton campaign plausible deniability in the event that the nature of deliberate violence is discovered. The thing that we have to watch is to make sure there's a double blind between the actual campaign, the actual DNC and what we're doing, a double blind so there can be plausible deniability that they heard anything about it.
He's admitting they're coordinating. He's admitting that they're involved. He's admitting they're informed.
GINGRICH: Well, and remember, this continual effort to have extralegal behaviors that in some cases are criminal goes all the way back in our experience to Madison, Wisconsin, where when Governor Scott Walker passed his reforms, they had 100,000 people on the street. They had the capitol occupied for six months.
And remember that both the governor and his wife had death threats. I mean, people on the left are terrified that they're going to lose their control of government and they're going to lose their ability to dictate to the rest of us. And this is the kind of stuff we should expect. And if Trump wins, you're going to see more stuff like this as they try to stop the reforms.
HANNITY: Let me now move on to the discovery both of the FBI and their investigation and WikiLeaks and what we're discovering. And while we're speaking, Mr. Speaker, I'm going to put up on the screen -- you know, you got John Podesta wishing that the Bernardino shooter was named Chris. You got the head of the Clinton campaign literally, you know, calling about taxes and health hypersensitive issues. A political reporter is offered a campaign a chance to edit the story. We have focus group testing whether or not Obama's father is a Muslim. So we discover in WikiLeaks how dirty tricks were used even against Barack Obama. The campaign believed that Obama committed voter fraud in 2008.
But I was watching you this weekend. They're making a big deal of that in terms of Donald Trump suggesting it's a possibility.
As you look at that, as you look at the conflicts of interest, as you look at the pay-to-play scheme that was discovered over the money that was raised for Haiti and the lists that are made for Clinton supporters and donors that they get preferential treatment in terms of the contracts that would be awarded after 150,000 people died.
In its totality, what are we to make of all of this?
GINGRICH: Well, look, this is a giant criminal enterprise disguised as a foundation and disguised as a campaign. And you can tell, though -- an article came out today I thought was fascinating that analyzed donations by news media to the Clinton and Trump campaigns. Ninety-six percent of all the donations went to Clinton. So that means among the news media, the ratio was 24 to 1 in favor of Hillary Clinton.
Now, of course, they wouldn't suggest that they're biased. But 24 to 1 -- which, by the way, is about the same number as the amount of minutes dedicated Friday a week ago between the Trump 11-year-old tape and WikiLeaks. It was 23 minutes on Trump and 56 seconds in all three networks combined on Wikileaks.
So part of what's going on is the elite media -- which really shouldn't be considered news media. They're really propaganda. I'm thinking that the Columbia School of Journalism should rename itself into the Columbia School of Propaganda because these people aren't engaged in news. The are methodical propagandists for the left, smoothing negative information about Hillary and maximizing negative information about Trump in a way that is a huge disservice to the United States of America and to the people of the United States.
HANNITY: Mr. Speaker, indulge me for about a minute here because -- we'll put it up full screen here for our audience to see as I run down the list of revelations here that the news media is not reporting as they seem obsessed with allegations one after anoth4er about Donald Trump that one by one seem to be becoming debunked.
But you know, we know that Clinton had a public and private position on many of the main issues. If we can put this up on the screen, guys? And Obama knew about the Clinton's private e-mail account. And we know that Clinton claims Saudi Arabia and Qatar founded ISIS. Well, that's fascinating considering, you know, both of them abuse women, gays and lesbians, and persecute Christian Jews and they still accepted money from them, that Clinton showed concern about vetting refugees, said, We can't possibly vet them.
That means she's willing to gamble with the lives of the American people -- that Clinton bragged about being invited into Putin's inner sanctum. She was giving Donald Trump a hard time about that. That she said she's removed from the struggles of the middle class, she's so rich. They have a plan to attack Catholics and evangelicals and infiltrate the Catholic church.
She admitted a no-fly zone would be very difficult but supports it publicly. She went back and forth over the Keystone pipeline, said fracking was a gift. She praised Wall Street in her paid speeches. She supported a plan that would cut Social Security. She showed support for open borders and an open hemisphere. She hated to use the term "everyday Americans."
Then we've got the media, CNBC offering Clinton advice. The New York Times, by the way, allowing quote edits, The Boston Globe pumping up her campaign, Univision giving advice, MSNBC getting fed questions, Donna Brazile leaking town hall questions, Podesta calling Latinos needy.
I mean, I can't even touch the surface here, all of which describes corruption at a level, I'll be honest, that is bigger almost than Watergate to me! But the news media is ignoring it.
GINGRICH: No, this is -- no, no. This is a hundred times bigger than Watergate. Watergate was the stupid action of a handful of people who actually got caught up in the coverup. Remember, Watergate is one break-in of the Democratic national headquarters, and then the effort to cover up how it happened. It's a fairly narrow thing.
This is a level of corruption that permeates the federal government. This is a level of corruption that you find in the Veterans Administration, you find in the FBI now. I mean, Comey has become a director who is corrupting the system. And you can just tell by looking at -- as more and more stuff comes out, you have to say to yourself, How could they possibly not have indicted her, and the reason is simple. The fix was in.
You have the attorney general of the United States in a secret meeting with a former president the week his wife is going to meet with the FBI, and we're supposed to believe that it was purely an accident. This is a level of fundamental dishonesty across the whole system.
HANNITY: And the e-mails of Wikileaks also show racism and sexism and misogyny and anti-Semitism, and the media ignores it. And if it was the Republicans that were fomenting violence at every Democratic Hillary event, I think it would be covered in more detail by the media.
But I got to run, Mr. Speaker. I know you got a big group of people waiting for you there. I won't keep you any longer. And have fun. Congratulations on the success of the book.
GINGRICH: It's great to be with you.
HANNITY: And coming up, we have more reaction to the Project Veritas undercover video. Laura Ingraham will weigh in next.
Also, later tonight...
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AINSLEY EARHARDT, CO-HOST, "FOX & FRIENDS": Are mainstream media being fair with all of the coverage?
MELANIA TRUMP, WIFE OF DONALD TRUMP: No.
M. TRUMP: They don't check the facts (INAUDIBLE)
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HANNITY: "Fox & Friends" co-host Ainsley Earhardt interviewed Melania Trump earlier today, and Ainsley is here.
Later tonight, and also as "Hannity" continues live from the Vegas Strip and the MGM Grand.
HANNITY: And welcome back to "Hannity." An alarming new video from James O'Keefe's Project Veritas is causing major controversy tonight. Now, as we stated earlier, Fox News Channel has not yet independently verified the contents of what's seen on the tape, but it appears to show very clearly Democratic operatives explaining how they intentionally incite violence at Donald Trump rallies.
Here's another example.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There's a script.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There's a script of engagement. Sometimes the crazies bite, sometimes the crazies don't bite. They're starting confrontations in the line, right? They're not starting confrontations...
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The volunteers?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: ... in the rally. Once they're inside the rally, they're under Secret Service's control. When they're outside the rally...
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They're more effective outside. They're harder to get in.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The media will cover it no matter where it happens?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I assume it's always in the rally.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Initiating the conflict by having leading conversations with people who are naturally psychotic, OK? I mean, honestly, it is not hard to get some of these (EXPLETIVE DELETED) to pop off.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Right.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's a matter of showing up to want to get into the rally in a Planned Parenthood T-shirt, or you know, Trump is a Nazi. You know, you can message to draw them out and draw them to punch you.
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HANNITY: All right, joining us now, editor-in-chief of Lifezette, Fox News contributor, nationally syndicated radio host Laura Ingraham.
You know, here's what's fascinating about this to me, Laura, is, you know, they're bragging about a grand scheme. They talk about all the connections that they have to the Clinton campaign, even the White House and the DNC to orchestrate a lie, a narrative, propaganda to the American people that Trump people are like this! And they've been doing it the whole campaign season!
LAURA INGRAHAM, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Right.
HANNITY: and now they got caught. What if Republicans did this?
INGRAHAM: Oh, no. I mean, if a Hillary Clinton campaign office had been firebombed, it would have led every newscast, and every Donald Trump supporter would have been tarred with the action, OK? But you know, when that happened over the weekend, it was basically brushed aside by the media as a one-off.
And in this -- in this Project Veritas tape, Sean, really does comport with what you've been saying, I've been saying all along. There's just been -- there have been too many cute little actions that seemed a little too convenient during this campaign.
Remember that guy who yelled out during the primary season that question about the Muslims at one point, then he just disappeared and they were trying to engage Trump on that, about -- I think it was about the deportation or something. It was just -- it was just so obvious that it was -- it didn't seem like it was real. It seemed like these were actors.
Remember Hillary Clinton had the little girl ask her the question at the event last week or the week before. Turns out the question was scripted by her parent, who himself had a connection to state government in Pennsylvania.
So a lot of this stuff is fraudulent, and a lot of this stuff is...
HANNITY: Well, let me ask this...
INGRAHAM: ... orchestrated and it's propaganda. And it is exactly what Hillary's record is, fraudulent, filled with propaganda, filled with lies, filled with media, you know, amplifications. And it goes along with the entire campaign's outlook, frankly. It doesn't surprise me one bit.
HANNITY: This is right out of "Rules for Radicals."
HANNITY: This is Saul Alinsky. And what I think is more fascinating -- they have been fomenting violence this entire campaign season!
INGRAHAM: Against police officers, too.
HANNITY: They admit it, they brag about it and then they brag about how the DNC and the Clinton campaign and even the White House is involved! How do you -- how do you justify this?
INGRAHAM: Well, again, they don't think they have to justify it, Sean, just like -- just like what Hillary says in response to the private server. She bats away these questions like they're -- they're -- they're pesky little mosquitoes, and then she gets back on her message. Oh, no, that's not what Director Comey said. I think he actually confirmed what I said, you know, in her question and answer with reporters or on Capitol Hill. So their modus operandi here, Sean, is to deny and then quickly move on. And it works for them because unlike with Trump, the...
HANNITY: ... creating plausible deniability. But -- but this is so serious that they brag about, We've got operatives in every state.
HANNITY: They're going to every event.
INGRAHAM: They're organized.
HANNITY: And they've been trained how to ask the questions. You know, they even admitted they're responsible for Chicago!
HANNITY: There was a 69-year-old woman, apparently, they claim was an operative. And they get people in line at 6:00 AM so that they're in the front so that the media hears their question, and the media buys it hook, line and sinker!
HANNITY: It seems to me we've been -- we have been victims of a huge organized lie and propaganda campaign this entire election season!
And I got to take a break, so I'm going to ask you about Wikileaks when we got back.
INGRAHAM: Yes. Sure.
HANNITY: More with Laura Ingraham straight ahead.
Plus, the FBI releases more documents today related to Clinton's e-mail investigation. Wait until you hear what a senior State Department official tried to get the FBI to do.
And then later tonight...
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M. TRUMP: Those words, they were offensive to me and they were un-appropriate. And he apologized to me, and I accept his apology.
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HANNITY: Our own Ainsley Earhardt interviewing Melania Trump earlier today. She is here with that exclusive interview and more as we continue, "Hannity" live from the Vegas strip and the MGM Grand straight ahead.
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DONALD TRUMP, R-PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: The media is trying to rig the election by giving credence -- and this is so true -- by giving credence to false stories that have no validity. They take a story with absolutely nothing, that didn't exist, and they put it front page news because they want to poison the minds of the voters.
They take things and statements and put it in from 30 years ago, from 20 years ago. By the way, just so you understand, just to be very clear, events that never happened, just so you do understand that.
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HANNITY: All right, Donald Trump earlier tonight campaigning in the swing state of Wisconsin. Joining us now, Laura Ingraham.
You know, when you think of Donald Trump and all that he's been through in the last two weeks, and the Republican establishment stabbing him in the back and sabotaging him -- Paul Ryan -- and you think of the Democrats doing everything they can do to sabotage, and then you think about the media on team Clinton, and then you look at the polls, Washington Post/ABC, only a 4-point spread. He's up 4 in Ohio and he's dead even in North Carolina and Nevada, it's frankly a miracle!
INGRAHAM: Yes. Yes, I mean, 4 points is not that much. He has to flip a number of these battleground states, Sean. There's in doubt about it, unless the polls are wildly off. He's got work to do.
I will say that it was -- what's incredible here is that if Republicans, and I mean all Republicans, every last one of them, were united and they were fanning out across America, going through the list of Wikileaks revelations that I have on my sheet here, which is stunning, incredible...
HANNITY: Well, I'm going to put them up. I'm going to put them up on the screen here.
INGRAHAM: Oh, Sean...
HANNITY: We'll split our screen. It's crazy!
INGRAHAM: Yes, let's put that up on the screen because when you look at the enormity of the corruption, the media's involvement, the campaign being -- you know, being, you know, on a string for the media, like puppeteers at the campaign...
INGRAHAM: ... those members of the media, all the other things you have there, the Hillary saying, I have a public and private position...
HANNITY: Interpret that. She's admitting she lies! I'm going to tell you...
HANNITY: ... one thing in public, but in private, I'm going to tell you something totally different. And we have specific instances that she does it over and over again. It's hilarious on one level.
INGRAHAM: Yes. And also, Sean, when she's talking about -- she's talking about she wants a better relationship with Russia and she hopes we can have a better relationship with Putin. Now she criticizes Trump at various times for indicating we don't want to be at war with Russia. Of course, now President Obama is basically threatening war with Russia. Looks like wag the dog to a lot of people.
But Sean, think about it. If every Republican -- with that graphic up on the screen, if every Republican went coast to coast and all they did was talk about the corrupt-o-crats in the Clinton campaign and what they would do to America -- if that's all they did and then talked about how Trump's plan for prosperity and tax reform...
INGRAHAM: ... would be up 10 points.
HANNITY: OK. Here's a problem. Guys like Paul Ryan, who I've lost a lot of respect for, have spent more time attacking Trump than bringing up what you and I are talking about...
HANNITY: ... or talking about Supreme Court justices and the type that Hillary would appoint, or the need for a border wall -- or Hillary, you want to talk about one of the most corrupt things she mentions here? Is she says, We can't vet refugees. Well, she's going to bring them in at an increase of 550 percent! That means by her own admission, she's gambling with the lives of the American people! Why isn't Paul Ryan talking about that?
I think in 23 days, win, lose, or draw, we need a long conversation about whether or not he should be speaker of the House.
INGRAHAM: Well, I think, you know, anyone who calls himself or herself a Republican or a conservative who is not doing everything in his or her power, legally, unlike the Clintons, to stop Hillary Clinton from becoming president really has lost all credibility to be complaining in the future if Hillary Clinton should become president. Don't complain about Supreme Court justices. Don't complain about anemic GDP. Don't complain about anything, because when you could have worked to stop her, you were dumping all over Trump every chance you got, or sitting on the sidelines and hoping secretly and texting your friends, aha, Trump is behind. I don't want to hear from any of these people. In Hillary Clinton wins this, God help our country, but don't complain when you spent most of your time going after Donald Trump.
HANNITY: They own it. They -- and I'm going to tell you, and Paul Ryan and Republicans have been more critical of Donald Trump than they've ever been about Obama, than they've ever been about Hillary. And frankly, their weakness created Donald Trump. Their broken promises helped create Donald Trump.
INGRAHAM: He's a symptom of what they didn't do for the people. Sean, in the Veritas tape, what they did was also made -- they were basically making fun of mentally ill people because they were saying, we throw out these mentally ill people to create the disruptions.
HANNITY: And homeless people, and homeless. I've got to tell you, we'll get to more of that tomorrow night. By the way, James O'Keefe told me today that tomorrow's tape is going to be bigger than today. So we'll see.
INGRAHAM: Will CNN cover it, will MSNBC cover it, Sean, that's the question.
HANNITY: No. CNN has operatives that give questions to their favorite liberals before debates in town hall.
INGRAHAM: Thank you Donna Brazile.
HANNITY: And then MSNBC literally takes verbatim questions before Hillary Clinton interviews and then reads them verbatim. Unbelievable.
INGRAHAM: Sleazy, sleazy.
HANNITY: All right, coming up, today the FBI released a new batch of documents related to Hillary Clinton's e-mail investigation, and they reveal that a senior State Department official wanted to make a deal with the bureau over the classification of Clinton's e-mails. The FBI is calling it a quid pro quo. I might suggest it's bribery.
And also tonight --
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EARHARDTMainstream media being fair with all of the coverage?
M. TRUMP, DONALD TRUMP'S WIFE: No.
M. TRUMP: They don't check the facts. I noticed that with me.
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HANNITY: Ainsley Earhardt sitting down with Melania Trump earlier today. The full interview airs tomorrow on "Fox & Friends" but Ainsley is here tonight to give us a preview. She joins us coming up next tonight as we continue from Vegas and the MGM Grand.
EARHARDT: Mainstream media being fair with all of the coverage?
M. TRUMP: No.
M. TRUMP: They don't check the facts. I noticed that with me. Since my husband announced, story after story, even if I say my answers, they don't listen to me. They would prefer to listen to somebody else who doesn't know me. That's why all immigration story came out, as you remember. "New York Post" did two days in a row. My pictures that I took as a model -- I'm very proud of my body. I'm not ashamed of my body. I'm very comfortable in my body.
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HANNITY: That was Melania Trump talking with "Fox & Friends" cohost Ainsley Earhardt about the mainstream media's coverage of her and her husband's campaign. During the sit down Ainsley asked Mrs. Trump about her reaction to the leaked audio of her husband from 2005. Let's take a look.
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M. TRUMP: Those words, they were offensive to me and they were inappropriate. And he apologized to me. And I accept his apology. And we are moving from.
EARHARDT: From a woman's perspective, what were you thoughts when you heard those tapes?
M. TRUMP: This is not the man that I know. This is -- as I always said, as my husband said as well, for a successful businessman, entrepreneur, entertainer, that he did so much in his life, been on so many shows, so many tapes, it's very hard to run for a public office. And he did it anyway. He said I want to help American people. I want to keep America safe. I want to bring back jobs, bring back economy, so our children, our future will be the best way possible.
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HANNITY: All right, the full interview with Melania Trump is going to air tomorrow beginning at 6:00 a.m. on "Fox & Friends." And joining us now is our own Ainsley Earhardt. First of all, congratulations. I watched the interview. It's amazing.
EARHARDT: Thank you.
HANNITY: I have gotten to know her, and I want to get your thoughts on this. She's such an impressive woman. English is her fifth language, not her first, not her second. What did you think of her first of all as a person?
EARHARDT: As a person she's extremely strong, Sean. I was very impressed with that. We walked through the apartment, and I said look, look at your view. We're looking down at Central Park. You and I both moved here. We first came as tourists, then we both moved here. I said, and look at you. You're living over the place where every tourist in New York City comes. You come from a different country. You speak so many languages. You're married to a man who could be the president of the United States. You could become the first lady. If that's not the American dream I don't know what it is. I said, do you pinch yourself when you're walking in the apartment? She said, Ainsley, I don't have time to pinch myself.
HANNITY: By the way, I've been in that very same room, and I feel like I have got to be careful, I don't want to mess anything up in that room.
EARHARDT: I know. It's beautiful.
HANNITY: It's a pretty extensive interview. You asked her very specific questions about, for example, the woman coming forward about Donald Trump. And I thought she gave a very strong answer. Here it is.
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M.TRUMP: I was not surprised in one way because, as I said before, everything was organized. And it is three weeks before the elections all these women coming out. And they are allegations that they are not true. Why now? Why three weeks before the election? And what they're accusing my husband, that is not the person that I know.
EARHARDT: What is your message to these women? What would you like to say to them?
M. TRUMP: That all of the allegations should be handled in a court of law, and without the evidence to accuse somebody, a man or a woman, it's damaging and it's unfair.
EARHARDT: Why do you think they would make this up, then?
M. TRUMP: Because they want to damage the presidency of my husband. And it was all planned, was all organized from the opposition.
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HANNITY: You know, Ainsley, I think you raise a very, very tough point about these women. But I was watching Judge Jeanine Pirro over the weekend, and, for example, one of the main accusers was on a flight with Donald Trump, and the guy that was sitting in the seat next to them totally debunked that story. But when you reveal it three weeks before an election it becomes very difficult for the person being accused. What did you think of her answer on that?
EARHARDT: I thought her evidence was fair. She said there's no evidence. So let's take this to court. Prove to me. You can't just come out a few weeks before the election and damage my husband's reputation and say these things about a father without any evidence.
But from a woman's perspective, I mean, I definitely see both sides. And here they have, like she said, it was coordinated. So many women came out at one point. She did make a good point of saying why didn't one or two come out spear ide periodically if that was the case? Why didn't they come out immediately when this happened if it did happen? She said why did they come out together and it happened to be just 22 days out from the election.
HANNITY: It's relevant in this sense, that I interviewed Juanita Broaddrick and Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey and Kathy Shelton, and of the things that surprised me in that interview, Ainsley, was they didn't get requests to be interviewed by many of the same media outlets that have gone wall to wall on this.
You asked one really important follow-up question that I want to sneak in here, and that is what she thinks about they probing Bill Clinton considering we know that the Monica story is true and we know that the Gennifer story is true. And he did pay $850,000 to Paula Jones. Let's roll it.
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EARHARDT: Is it fair for the media to bring up Bill Clinton's past or for Donald Trump to bring up Bill Clinton's past?
M. TRUMP: If they bring up my past, why not?
EARHARDT: So they're asking for it?
M. TRUMP: They're asking for it. They started it. They started it from the beginning of the campaign, putting my picture from modeling days as you want that to be your first lady. That was my modeling days and I'm proud what I did. I worked very hard.
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HANNITY: I think that was a good answer. Ainsley, just to tell people programming note, set your alarm. The entire interview with Melania airs tomorrow morning, right.
EARHARDT: That's right, tomorrow from 6:00 to 9:00 eastern time. We're going to be on with Melania. I sat down with her an hour and a half talking about how they decided to run together as a couple, her immigration papers, people questioned whether or not she came here legally. She talked about that. Her advice for her husband on the debate on Wednesday, why we don't see her out on the campaign trail as much -- that answer was a strong answer -- and when are we going to see her out more and Ivanka more. People always request those two thing to all of us. So there you go. And lots more that I'm not including.
HANNITY: All right, Ainsley, great interview, great job as always. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
And coming up, the FBI releases new documents about the Clinton e-mail server investigation and reveals that a senior State Department official tried to cut a quid pro quo deal over the classification of Hillary's e- mails. We're going to have the details coming up straight ahead.
HANNITY: And welcome back to "Hannity." We're live from the Vegas Strip, the MGM Grand. Joining us now, the host of "Justice with Judge Jeanine Pirro," the chairman of the Tea Party Forward movement, civil rights activists, longtime friend, Niger Innis, and from the Washington Times Charlie Hurt. I've got to praise. You had such an amazing show this weekend. You broke a lot of news. You had one person after another debunking these women that the media has gone nuts with, but they ignore WikiLeaks.
JUDGE JEANINE PIRRO, "JUSTICE WITH JUDGE JEANINE" HOST: They ignore WikiLeaks, and all of these women we were at least able to prove that with the Bill Clinton women, they had made statements, they all had corroboration. Let's put that away. Then the man just arrives from England, debunks the whole idea of the women in the first class --
HANNITY: She's the one that said 15 minutes was OK but after 15 minutes.
PIRRO: Yes, that's OK, but don't do anything after that. And then the other guy, the cousin who claims that Donald --
HANNITY: Second base, you are taking us back to the 70s.
PIRRO: Listen, aside from that, the thing is --
HANNITY: By the way, the "New York Times" is here. They're going to report all this.
PIRRO: I know. He also says that the woman who said she was molested invited Donald Trump after the alleged molestation to a restaurant. He didn't go so now she's upset. Her own cousin said it.
NIGER INNIS, TEA PARTY FORWARD CHAIRMAN: I have got memories, speaking of flashbacks, I have got memories of Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas. And I remember how that bomb was dropped at the last minute when history was about to be made with Justice Thomas.
HANNITY: The old playbook.
INNIS: Back to the old playbook, and that smear has lasted until this day, so much so that in the African-American museum, you have more on Anita Hill than you have Justice Clarence Thomas.
HANNITY: And you see this Project Veritas tape where they are fomenting violence, they're admitting it, and admitting coordination with the Clinton campaign and the DNC, and it goes straight up to the White House.
CHARLES HURT, POLITICAL COLUMNIST, WASHINGTON TIMES: It really is truly incredible. Then you have the firebombing of the headquarters --
HANNITY: Yes. North Carolina. Imagine if it was -- God forbid.
HURT: Yes. Absolutely, but you listen to the television and to the news, and people are actually talking about maybe it was a Trump supporter. What are you talking about? And if there is anyone of these --
HANNITY: It's Machiavellian.
HURT: It is. And if anything happens at a Trump rally it is blamed directly on Donald Trump. Of course something like this, we don't know what happened with the firebombing thing, but the idea that people would even entertain the notion.
HANNITY: But here's the deal, they have created a false story, a narrative. Violence at Trump rallies. Now, we know it's fomented entirely and organized entirely by Democrats, how do we get that message to the American people in 21 days?
PIRRO: It's going to be very hard because the mainstream media is absolutely opposed to it. It's really up to Donald Trump.
HANNITY: They are an extension of Hillary.
PIRRO: Right. It is up to Donald Trump at this debate on Wednesday night to do it. You know what?
HANNITY: He's got to do their job again, right?
INNIS: Absolutely, no question about it. He's got to do their job. And you know what, things like this backfire. The pile on is so profound, I have so much faith in the American people.
PIRRO: So do I.
INNIS: You've never had such a sneak preview of the corruption.
HANNITY: I have no feel how this is going to turn out.
HURT: The fact he is still standing after the last three weeks and what he has endured from the media.
HANNITY: By the way, he's up in Ohio by four, tied in Nevada here, and tied in North Carolina. I've got to break.
We'll continue HANNITY, MGM Grand, and I'll be gambling in about six minutes, straight ahead.
HANNITY: All right, unfortunately, that is all the time we have left this evening. Now, quick programming notes, don't forget, set your alarm and wake up early so you can watch Ainsley's full interview with Melania Trump. It's all happening on "Fox & Friends" in the morning. Also this Wednesday, the final presidential debate, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, moderated by Fox News Channel's own Chris Wallace. Don't miss it. It's happening here on Fox News Channel.
All right, we are here tomorrow night from the MGM Grand. It's "Hannity" out. I'm hitting the tables. Have a good night.
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