Published March 26, 2019
This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," March 26, 2019. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
SEAN HANNITY, HOST: Great show. I saw your friend was in the news again tonight. A special Tucker headline, friend of yours.
All right. Good show. Thank you.
All right. Welcome to “Hannity.” Buckle up, we have a lot of work to get going on and get started on.
The Mueller witch hunt is over. Obamacare was just dealt a serious blow. Democrats are running scared from their Green New Deal of insanity. The wall in our southern border, guess what? I just got 57 miles longer, and the president wins again.
Are you sick of winning? And the economy is booming. And this is been a major week for the country, one we will never forget. We are going to cover it all, and we will begin the process tonight of holding people responsible that were involved in the biggest abuse of power, corruption scandal, in our history. Those that committed crimes that need to be investigated, the people who rigged an investigation, rigged a primary, tried to rig a general election.
In other words, those people who used Hillary Clinton bought and paid for Russian lies from a foreign source with funneled money, leaked to influence you, the American people, head of that vote in 2016. Russian lies, fraud perpetrated on FISA courts, citizens denied basic fundamental constitutional rights, spying, infiltrating an opposition party in a presidential campaign, using Russian lies that Hillary paid for to bludgeon and attempt to remove a duly elected president. People that we entrust the most power to, they thought they knew better than you, then we, the American people.
Tonight, we begin the process -- it is a process -- of getting the truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth, and holding all of these people accountable for their actions. If we do not do it, it will happen again.
And, plus, almost an unbelievable news development out of Chicago tonight, a miscarriage of justice has just taken place after some major, backroom, Chicago wheeling and dealing, alleged hate crime faker Jussie Smollett -- well, completely let off the hook for a mere $10,000. Now, the corruption in Chicago is a national disgrace. We are going to have an important mini monologue coming up on that.
And the ramifications, oh, of the Covington kids, and the Smollett case, and how it is all intertwined in the psychotic, hate-rage of Donald Trump. But first, this is a new day for the country. President Trump was totally and completely cleared of all the Russian collusion lies and all the other fabricated allegations against him. No collusion, no obstruction of justice.
The long-standing two-plus-year narrative of the media mob and the Democrats, it was nothing more than a hoax. It was contrived and built off irrational hate and in this psychotic rage perpetrated by those who first wanted to ever prevent Trump from becoming president but had an insurance policy to destroy his presidency in any event that he wins. At any cost, even if the heart and soul of this country was ripped apart in the process, and our Constitution.
For years, you, the American people, you have been deliberately lied to. You have been deceived on a spectacular and frankly historic level. But this process of holding people accountable from the deep state to the media, to their friends in the Democratic Party, we will name every name, we will demand justice. We will call out every single solitary liar, con artist, who actively promoted a hoax, conspiracy theories, many for personal and political gain only, for power.
This is not part of our mission going forward. Tonight, we start with the chief conspiracy theorist of all of them, starting at the top. NBC News, Tom Brokaw, are you proud of your network tonight?
Rachel Maddow, the face of MSNBC, supposedly a news channel. Yesterday, prominently featured on the cover of "The New York Post," along with the title "Mueller madness: Who got it the most wrong?" Well, to actually put up brackets of the media's numerous collusion conspiracy theorist. As you can see, oh, yes, she is the number 1 seed. By the way, you can see my filled out bracket on hannity.com.
And you better believe she has earned that position. Night after night, never ending lies, one bizarre conspiracy theory after another. And she has been rewarded for being the number one liar, conspiracy theorist in America. Nobody ever has challenged her or vetted her or questioned her as to the depths and length she has sunk in this process, breathlessly suggesting that the Kremlin and Putin are controlling the White House, that Donald Trump is a Russian puppet, and Vladimir Putin is pulling all the strings in our very own federal government.
Watch with your own eyes and see if you believe this.
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RACHEL MADDOW, MSNBC HOST: Maybe he has not really under audit. Like all of those little things might be true, OK, that would be interesting to know. I don't know that I would change the world that much, but what would change the world is if, you know, Russia was interfering in the election, and they weren't doing it on their own, and he was in on it.
After all of the worry, we are actually about to find out if Russia maybe has something on the new president? We are about to find out if the new president of our country is going to do what Russia wants, once he is commander-in-chief of the U.S. military.
We haven't ever had to reckon with the possibility that someone has ascended to the presidency of the United States to serve the interests of another country rather than our own. What's the corrective to that? How do you remedy that? These are no longer hypothetical questions. This is where we are.
He received the order of friendship from Vladimir Putin personally, the highest civilian award that Russia gives to non-Russian citizens. Somehow, Rex Tillerson ended up as secretary of state under Donald Trump, who he had never met.
Mueller is proceeding without being stymied, and he is proceeding at this kind of a pace, rolling out the stuff right now, everything is aiming right at the president personally and that's not to be very unsettling.
The legal jeopardy here not only enters the president's immediate family, it also enters the White House.
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HANNITY: The face of NBC News.
My question to viewers: how does it feel to be lied to day after day, hour after hour? Have you had enough? Do you really see what has gone on here? You know, have they backed up anything with evidence and proof, or has it just been speculation and rumors and innuendo and anonymous sources and reckless, nonstop speculation?
This program, by the way, we welcome you with open arms. We have been right so many times, not because we have a crystal ball, this is Richard Jewell, this is Duke lacrosse, this is UVA, this is Cambridge police, this is also Trayvon and George Zimmerman, and Ferguson, and Baltimore, why are we right and they usually wrong? Why were they wrong on Smollett and the Covington kids?
We don't rush to judgment. We believe in due process and the perception of innocence. Something they don't understand or seem to care about.
But a much different story over there at NBC News. Despite Mueller's findings, Rachel Maddow still cannot let go that her collusion obsession, now claiming the attorney general of the United States is somehow complacent in another grand conspiracy to cover up obstruction of a crime that never took place. In spite of how much they really wanted it, for years, rather than retract, apologize, about the dishonest, reckless, irresponsible coverage, which clearly has destroyed her own credibility and the network's, they double town on stupid, more conspiracy theories, more lies.
By the way, Andy Lack, Phil Griffin, are you proud of this? Really? You know, this is your brand, NBC News, complicit in lying to people for years.
In fairness, NBC News did not act alone. And we got fake news CNN pushing the same Russia collusion hoax, every single minute of every hour of every day, for every month, for every year. Don Lemon among them, the walls are closing in on President Trump. CNN editor-at-large saying that Russia collusion was choking Trump's presidency.
For two-plus-years, the collusion news network, except for the fact that they are actually not reporting any news, baseless speculation, hysteria, breathless reporting, all in an attempt to advance their political agenda and feed and insatiable hatred for all things Donald Trump.
Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz claiming fake news CNN wouldn't even have him on the air because they didn't like his opinion. It was too fair.
And yet despite being so wrong so often, there you got CNN fake news chief, the king of it all, Jeff Zucker, pretending, oh, I'm not embarrassed at all, telling "The New York Times," oh, another line news network, we are not investigators, we're journalists. Our role is to report the facts as we know them, which is exactly what we did.
It's pretty hard to seek facts when you are so blinded by hatred and rage. It's also nice to hear a rare moment of truth from Zucker. They don't actually investigate anything they report, they basically spread rumors, innuendo, maybe things they pick up on the Internet, Twitter, or maybe Facebook, or maybe Instagram, rumors to help their narrative, oh, like the Smollett case where the Covington kids.
And today's narrative du jour, well, that's the Mueller report was totally clearing the president of any campaign collusion -- well, he doesn't actually do what I did, because in their fantasy world that they can't give up because then they would have to put aside their egos and their pride and admit, oh, guys like Sean Hannity were right and they were wrong. Instead, they just go on with a new one.
And even though the attorney general stated clearly that Trump would not be charged with obstruction, Rod Rosenstein agrees with the analysis. A NewsBusters chronicles CNN fake news chanted what? A hundred twenty times, well, it doesn't exonerate -- that's what they tell their audience. Take a look, this is a 24-hour period.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Vindication on collusion, yes. Exoneration on obstruction, not so much.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mueller specifically says his report does not exonerate the president of obstruction of justice.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It does not exonerate the president.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It is no exoneration.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It did not exonerate the president.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Mueller didn't exonerate Trump.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So, while Mueller did not conclude that the president obstructed justice.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, he did not conclude that the president obstructed justice, the report does not exonerate President Trump, does not exonerate him.
Did not exonerate the president of obstruction. There is not enough evidence to prove the resident committed obstruction.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Robert Mueller did not exonerate the president on obstruction, period.
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HANNITY: The attorney general and deputy attorney general did. In other words, Mueller gave it to them to decide. Do you even read over there?
You cannot expect people with this type of one-sided agendas to ever be fair. This mob and the media, they will never apologize for misleading purposely and lying to the American people, and don't expect them to ever change their ways. You should never trust them.
Look at Clapper, for example, former director of national intelligence. His job is safe at fake news CNN, despite leveraging his former position in our government to validate these disgusting lies, which, by the way, had happened under his watch, the great Obama Department of Justice. Take a look.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do you agree with Andrew McCabe, it's possible the president of the United States, the president, is a Russian asset?
JAMES CLAPPER, FORMER DNI: Well, the way -- I completely agree with the way Andy characterized it. It is a possibility.
What a great case officer Vladimir Putin is, he knows how to handle an asset, and that is what he is doing with the president.
Our institutions are under assault, both externally, and that is the big news here, Russian interference in our election system. And I think, as well, our institutions are under assault internally.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Internally from the president?
To assert that this has nothing to do with the president, either as the president or as a candidate or the White House, is that -- it's just silly.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do you think the Russian investigation is fake news or a witch hunt, as the president keeps weeding and saying?
CLAPPER: Well, I -- I don't believe it is.
To me, it stretches credulity to think that the Russians didn't have profound impact that could have swung the election.
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HANNITY: Everything you just heard is not true. But Clapper, totally unapologetic, telling his good friends, good old Anderson Cooper, that he doesn't have any regrets for the way he smeared the president, lied about the president.
Clapper's cohorts on MSNBC, oh, none other than former CIA Director Brennan, he is being paid by NBC because of his status as America's former top spy, again, happened under his watch, too. His words carry tremendous weight.
Remember, he accused the president of treason again and again, using that position and power to trash the president of the United States on the world stage, even suggesting again and again, treason, reporting only two weeks ago, Mueller would be handing down more indictments before his investigation concluded. I guess the sources were wrong.
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JOHN BRENNAN, FORMER CIA DIRECTOR: People are innocent until alleged to be involved in some type of criminal activity. There was an extensive effort to try to influence the outcome of the election that involved the Russians, that involved U.S. persons, and that may have gone to the very top of the Trump campaign.
Its collusion in plain sight. Donald Trump at the end of July openly called the Russian intelligence to find Hillary Clinton's emails.
Certainly his tweets do not seem like they're coming from a person of innocence and confidence.
I don't think Robert Mueller wants to have the dramatic flair of the Ides of March when he is going to be delivering what I think will be his indictment, final indictments, as well as the report he gives the attorney general.
I think he is afraid of the president of Russia.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Why?
BRENNAN: Well, I think one can speculate as to why, that the Russians may have something on him personally.
This is nothing short of treason is because it is a betrayal of the nation. He is giving aid and comfort to the enemy.
I think there is a question in terms of those who are on Mr. Trump's national security team, whether they can continue to serve in good conscience, an individual who basically betrays his nation.
I called his behavior treasonous, which is to betray one's trust and to aid and abet the enemy, and I stand very much by that claim.
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HANNITY: Tom Brokaw, are you proud of that? The brand you build your whole life?
It makes you wonder who was really doing the work over there, Russia's bidding cared an unwitting asset? Brennan now said he had bad information -- you think? No, he lied.
And tonight, it's to hold Brennan, Clapper, and all these others accountable, not just for the blatant lies. Let's forget about -- not forget about the major crimes they may have committed. Many, I think, did. During their time, high ranking deep state actors abusing the power we gave to them, which brings us back to how did this all start? How did we get to this point? Who must face the consequences for their illicit action surrounding the 2016 election?
We don't fix it, it will happen again. July 15th, 2015, the FBI opened a criminal investigation into Hillary, mishandling top secret, classified information. Despite Comey citing overwhelming evidence of criminal negligence and obstruction of justice, Clinton got off scot-free. Why? She was their favorite candidate.
Her investigation was rigged from the get-go, the fix was in, even Page and Strzok admit it was run and rigged by Obama's DOJ and Loretta Lynch. What did she know? When did she know it?
By the way, what did Obama know and when did he know it?
Look at your screen. Watch it. We will roll it throughout the show.
She got away with things that no other American would ever get away with. She mishandled top-secret intelligence, she violated clearly the Espionage Act with her private server, she obstructed justice by destroying 33,000 subpoenaed emails, acid washing her hard drive with Bleach Bit, and having an aide destroying her phones and her BlackBerrys with hammers.
This case must be reopened if we want equal justice to be served in this country. No American citizen, nobody would get away with any of these crimes that were clearly committed, the biggest slam-dunk case of obstruction I've ever seen in my life.
Comey, too, he must be investigated for his handling of this rigged investigation. If he exonerated Clinton for political purposes, clearly that would be a felony. If he lied under oath, that is a felony. He needs to be investigated for knowingly, did he commit a fraud on the FISA court? It appears like he might have.
Obama's attorney general, Loretta Lynch, must also be investigated for her political interference in the Clinton investigation. Strzok and Page said she made every decision and they knew they would never go after Clinton. And don't forget about the tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton, just the beginning.
Now, during the very same month, Clinton exonerated, Comey's FBI opened an investigation into the Trump campaign, using op research from Hillary Clinton's bought and paid for dirty dossier with paid lies, put together by a foreign national, Christopher Steele.
If Clinton knowingly paid the foreign national for the anti-Trump dossier, by the way, that's a crime and a felony. Of course, we now know that the dossier was never verified and unverifiable because of Steele doesn't stand by his own dossier. And that means, well, didn't that stop the dossier somehow from ever being used before a FISA court as the bulk of evidence to obtain a warrant on an American citizen, to deny them his rights, his constitutional rights, and also dig down deep, right inside the heart of an opposition party candidate?
Look at your screen again. Comey, McCabe, Yates, Rosenstein, all signed up on the FISA request, all must be investigated for committing fraud before a court. They must all be held accountable for their egregious, alleged crimes. It must be investigated.
Comey also likely committed the serious crime when he intentionally leaked FBI memos about his conversations with the president. Why? To spark the special counsel investigation.
And that's not all. When it comes to federal abuse of power, McCabe, Strzok, Page, all forced to resign in shame, 25 in all demoted, or resigned, or fired.
All right. We have a lot more to get to, this is only the beginning.
Joining us now, Gregg Jarrett, the title of your book says it all, "The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump." Also, we are joined by Professor Alan Dershowitz, and also joining us, investigative reporter Sara Carter.
Gregg, your book nails it. We are going to continue to scroll the crimes that need to be investigated. If we don't, what happens?
GREGG JARRETT, LEGAL ANALYST: What happens is people get away with crimes, and that means some people are above the law. I blame mostly Democrats and journalists. Journalist drove this, they were just reckless, they were malevolent.
They suspended their sense of fairness and they abandoned all objectivity. They allow their enmity toward Trump to consume them and their common sense. And the more their hatred for Trump grew, the more sedulous they became in propagating this false narrative.
They have an obsessive belief in a non-existing conspiracy called collusion. They refused to do their job, which is, as journalists, examine the facts, the evidence, and the law.
HANNITY: Professor, I was kidding with you the other night, I said even you couldn't get me out if I deleted 33,000 subpoenaed emails and acid washed my hard drive and beat up my devices with hammers and removed SIM cards.
What about these people that abuse their power that we now know? If we are to have equal justice and equal application of our laws, isn't it a necessity to prevent this from ever happening again? To follow through on people that violated law and abused power?
ALAN DERSHOWITZ, HARVARD LAW SCHOOL EMERITUS PROFESSOR: Well, I think we ought to call them out in the court of public opinion. I think we ought to disarm mutually and stop using the criminal justice system against either party. Either side, when it comes to political - look, crimes are committed every day.
HANNITY: Lying to a FISA court?
DERSHOWITZ: You need discretion, you need discretion --
HANNITY: Lying to a FISA court, would you do it?
DERSHOWITZ: No, no, that is different. The FISA court should call for possible contempt of court by people who misled them. They misled them not by directly lying, but by omission. By failure to disclose that the information they were asking the FISA court to rely on didn't have indicia of reliability.
And when you deal with the FISA court, it's ex parte. There is nobody on the other side, so government officials have a special obligation to be completely honest and candid, and the people who submitted that dossier weren't honest and candid --
HANNITY: Professor, Comey signed this in October 2016. He denied it and said it was unverified in January 2017. Wouldn't that mean the bulk of information was the dossier, that he lied in October?
DERSHOWITZ: Well, the question is did he commit perjury and should he be held in contempt? I think the FISA court has an obligation to make sure that people who present data to them ex parte do it honestly, candidly --
HANNITY: And that didn't happen.
DERSHOWITZ: And without failing to disclose -- and that didn't happen, and I think, look, I think the main lessons have to be learned about the media. People who watch CNN were affirmatively misled by the pundits. And, as you said, they kicked me off, I used to be on all the time, all the time, and then suddenly, they stop calling me.
HANNITY: Professor, you call me out on my own show constantly.
DERSHOWITZ: I did.
HANNITY: I got to get Sara in.
HANNITY: You're right.
Sara, I want to bring you in. Who should be investigated?
SARA CARTER, CONTRIBUTOR: I think, right now, all the people that you listed, Sean -- Loretta Lynch, Hillary Clinton, James Comey. But more importantly, I think that John Brennan, the former director of the CIA, I think James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, they need to be investigated, as well.
We need to know how much they knew and when they knew it, and that is so vitally important to getting to the truth here, because they have spread so much disinformation about the Trump administration and about the campaign, and if we were worried about Russians, we should have been more worried about what our own intelligence community was doing.
HANNITY: You all have been amazing, I'm sorry I went along. We will have a mini monologue on the Smollett fiasco. These guys have been great. Straight ahead.
HANNITY: All right. The twist, the turns in the Jussie Smollett saga are just more troubling by the hour. Today, Cook County state attorneys, their office shocked police, the public, by dropping all charges against the actor -- remember, this was a grand jury indictment -- with little explanation.
In an interview with "The New York Times," fake news, the first assistant state attorney said, quote: We didn't exonerate him, and that, quote, we stand behind the investigation, we stand behind the decision to charge him, we stand behind the charges in the case. Added, quote, we prioritize violent crime and the drivers of violent crime. I don't see Jussie Smollett as a threat to public safety.
But now, Chicago officials and the police are outraged, especially the person I admired most, who I think has been unbelievable, the police chief, Eddie Johnson, even Rahm "dead fish" Emanuel, the liberal mayor, took issue with this. Take a look.
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EDDIE JOHNSON, CHICAGO POLICE CHIEF: Do I think justice was served? No. They chose to hide behind secrecy and broker a deal to circumvent the judicial system.
RAHM EMANUEL, D-CHICAGO MAYOR: This was without a doubt a whitewash of justice and sending a clear message that if you are in a position of influence and power, you get treated one way. Other people will be treated another way.
There is no accountability in the system. It is wrong, full stop. You have a person using hate crime laws that are on the books to protect people, who are minorities, from violence, to then turn around and use those laws to advance your career and your financial reward . Is there no decency in this man?
(END VIDEO CLIP) HANNITY: Even ex Obama adviser, Axelrod, is slamming the decision, tweeting out, well, "You can contrive a hate crime, make it national news, get caught, and if you are a well-connected celebrity, get offered $10,000 and have your record expunged and your files sealed."
Remember, two brothers told police, Smollett paid them to stage the attack. Witnesses in a crime, they were caught on surveillance footage buying the very item used in the apparent hoax. The original story was that Smollett was attacked by two men yelling "This is MAGA country." And it gets even stranger because the fraternal order of police is accusing the prosecutor, Kim Foxx, of intervening in the case because, before even recusing herself, at the former direction of, guess who, Michelle Obama's Chief of Staff, Tina Tchen.
And joining us with reaction, former Attorney General, Pam Bondi; Fox News contributor, Dan Bongino.
Pam, we start with you. From a legal side, the hours wasted in a city where we're losing hundreds and thousands of lives in shootings, and they spent all of that manpower on this and stand behind the indictment and the evidence that they say is incontrovertible.
PAM BONDI, FORMER FLORIDA ATTORNEY GENERAL: The great men and women of the Chicago Police Department deserve more than this, Sean. Not a $10,000 payoff, basically, to them for an investigation that cost probably 10, 20 times that. And handstand - hats off to Rahm Emanuel. He did a great job in this, defending the great men and women.
Sean, listen to this. If you're a criminal defendant, which you will never be, never let your lawyer talk for you after you get the charges dropped. She said - when asked by a reporter, she said, oh, the two men, we know who did this, the two men who said they did it, the two Nigerian men who are African-American who Jussie Smollett knows. She said that in the press conference.
Well, Jussie Smollett said they were not minority, the men who attacked him. And he said he did not know them. He would've recognized their voices. So she completely contradicts our client. She said plenty of people agree to forfeit their bond. Not true. And then he gets up there and maintains his innocence. It's ridiculous. It's an--
HANNITY: What is the illegal remedy?
BONDI: --insult to the men and women of the Chicago PD.
HANNITY: There's only an - I guess there are federal charges is a possibility.
HANNITY: But can another grand jury convened, or is this it?
BONDI: Yes. Federal and state court, they have concurrent jurisdiction. So often times, we would concur. We would talk to the federal authorities, we conference with them and drop charges in order for them to prosecute something. That clearly did not happen here. And I hope the federal authorities look at it. I think Rahm Emanuel, I think the Chicago PD, I think they will be pushing for it as they should. This is a very, very--
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Right.
BONDI: --serious accusation.
HANNITY: And big picture between the 16-year-old that was, frankly, bludgeoned and beaten and called names in a rush to judgment that -- Nicholas Sandmann, and this case--
HANNITY: --really, Dan Bongino, all goes back to this irrational, psychotic rage and hatred of Trump. Both cases.
DAN BONGINO, CONTRIBUTOR: Sean, this Smollett case is bigger than Jussie Smollett. Americans are pissed off right now. And they are because this has come at a worse time, Sean. We have the college admission scandal, where everybody is on a superhighway to power and stardom while all of the rest of us working people are suffering on the toll roads, right? You have the Spygate debacle, and this collusion hoax gets blown up. The media's credibility is completely falling apart.
And now, while facing the justice system, the media, it's collapsing at the same time, you have a well-connected Hollywood actor who gets off, where - Sean, listen, I was a cop and a federal agent, I'm not a lawyer like Ms. Bondi. But I've seen and worked a lot of federal cases. I have not seen evidence so overwhelming in a case like this in my life. I'm only 44. This was overwhelming. And he gets off? I mean, can you blame people for being upset about this and why this is a new story? I certainly don't.
HANNITY: All right. Great analysis. This is, again, really the true - where does it all come from? One place. All right. We have a lot of breaking news we have to get to tonight and a big announcement at the end of the show.
But next, Lawrence Jones, he hits the streets of New York City to see what people think of the Mueller report. Alec Baldwin has tried to pick another fight with me. OK, Alec, game on. More coming up.
HANNITY: In the wake of Mueller finding no collusion, the media has taken yet another devastating blow to their credibility. I think they never recover. Now they're trying literally going down the long path, once again; in other words, doubling down on stupid, trying to downplay how wrong they've been. Look.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Now, did many commentators and Democratic politicians allege collusion? Yes. Did many journalists ask about it? Yes. But there is a giant difference between asking and telling. Speculation actually has value, too. It helps open our eyes, helps open our minds to what's possible.
CARL BERNSTEIN, AMERICAN JOURNALIST: There has been such fabulous reporting by, especially, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal.
SUNNY HOSTIN, SENIOR LEGAL CORRESPONDENT AND ANALYST, ABC NEWS: I'm reluctant to talk about it at all because we don't know anything.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: --now needs to be investigated because Democrats don't like the fact he was elected.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, he wasn't - no, he wasn't investigated for the first two years at all. So I think there's a little catch-up to do--
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HANNITY: All right. We had our own Lawrence Jones ask people in liberal New York City, what did they think, and see what the people of this great country think.
LAWRENCE JONES, CONTRIBUTOR: Robert Mueller just wrapped up the Russian investigation and he cleared the President. How do you feel about that?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think it's a - in my opinion, I think it was a witch- hunt.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I totally agree with the Mueller report. I'm glad it came out the way it did.
JONES: Are you OK with the conclusion?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes. What I'm not OK with is how much money we spent on - wasted our tax money.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There's sort of vindication, false vindication on the right, and maybe, like - I think kind of like a sense on the left of like disappointment.
JONES: For two years, they say collusion and all this--
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Right. No. I don't watch them anyway. I actually watch Fox.
JONES: CNN, MSNBC, all the journalists that accused the President without any evidence of things, do you think they owe the President an apology?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Absolutely.
JONES: They're all wrong, it looks like.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Obviously, there was no collusion.
JONES: Do you feel like he was guilty?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I do.
JONES: Do you want to apologize to him now that you were wrong about it?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm sorry.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't think anybody owes anybody apology for an investigation.
JONES: So do you think you should get on board with Trump now?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
JONES: You can get on board now?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
JONES: All right. Good job. (LAUGHTER)
HANNITY: Lawrence is just great, our special correspondent. Here with reaction, Media Reporter for The Hill and radio talk show host on WOR, my affiliate great station in New York City, Joe Concha; and of course, journalist, former 60 Minutes Correspondent, Lara Logan, is with us. Thank you, both.
Lara, we'll begin with you. Look at their reaction, it's interesting. I think people get it. I think Democrats don't get it. We'll see more overreach, more investigations, and of course, more socialism, which would destroy the country. Your reaction to all of this.
LARA LOGAN, FORMER 60 MINUTES CORRESPONDENT: My first reaction, Sean, is that as a journalist, I mean, speculation is not what I do. Right? I prefer to focus on what I do know, and I'm always very conscious of what I don't know. And I want to give you like just a simple example.
In some of the coverage that I think demonstrates where the media is culpable - for example, do you remember what all the headlines in the media frenzy around President Trump supposedly leaking classified information to the Russians at a meeting in the White House? Right? Except that no reporter actually appeared to look at what the law says about classified information and the President of the United States, not just this President, but every single President.
The Commander-in-Chief under U.S. law is the only single individual who is active speaking about something is an active declassification. So you talk to anyone in the intelligence community who knows the law or anyone at all who knows the laws on classified information. They will tell you it's not possible for the President to leak.
But that was used by the media and right across the spectrum. Every reputable newspaper and outlet in this country was hot and heavy on the President leaking classified information to the Russians as further evidence that he was somehow some kind of traitor and Russian agent.
And to me, the most basic journalism, it only takes a couple minutes, to look online and see what the law actually says about this, and do some honest reporting. And I think for that, it's a dereliction of our duty as reporters.
HANNITY: All right. Joe Concha, you do this for a living. You analyze this. Do they ever recover? This has been two years of never-ending, non-stop lies and conspiracy theories. Frankly, they ought to be apologizing and embarrassed. That will never happen.
JOE CONCHA, MEDIA REPORTER FOR THE HILL: Sean, I think we've got a snapshot just based on ratings aren't everything, clearly. But last night, Monday night, the fact that you more than quadrupled your competition on CNN, Tucker Carlson as well, and write down the line.
And the fact that you are getting more than 4 million viewers and CNN couldn't even break 915,000. I think maybe that may be a preview of things to come that they've been promising - not all, but many people on those networks, whether it be CNN or MSNBC, have been promising a certain outcome or at least strongly hinting towards it, speculating about it, which does nothing for the eyes and minds by the way, for two years--
HANNITY: Joe, wait a minute. Wait--
CONCHA: --and then pay off--
HANNITY: They've been basically--
CONCHA: --and it did not.
HANNITY: --promising this. They - what's the worst thing in life you can do? Over-promise and under-deliver. They have been assuring--
CONCHA: And under-deliver, right.
HANNITY: --their audiences. It's imminent - imminent--
CONCHA: And it was time - right. And it was time to cash the check, and the check wasn't cashed. And now there is disappointment. And that's why maybe some people were - more people than usual were tuning out last night. But let's think about this for a second.
In terms of Mueller, in terms of that investigation with the Special Counsel, they hardly, by all accounts, leaked anything. So think about it. The pushback I saw today was, well, we had to pursue the investigation, we had to pursue the facts.
But around collusion, if the Special Counsel isn't leaking, therefore this only leads to rampant, reckless speculation by people from sources that were providing information to them that was either bad or nefarious, and they wanted to believe what they were being fed. Because if there were no facts out there around collusion because of no leaking, that's the only thing that could have happened. Bad speculation that led to all this mistrust that we're going to be seeing moving forward.
HANNITY: They can't recover from my perspective. We'll see. Lara, thank you. Joe Concha, thank you.
When we come back, Senator Ted Cruz on Mueller finding no evidence of collusion or obstruction, and the media giving Beto bozo O'Rourke a free pass? Oh, Alec Baldwin wants to pick a fight. I have a response, and we do have a big announcement tonight.
HANNITY: All right. Joining us now to react to all of today's big news, holding people accountable, deep state, people that abuse power, and the most, the biggest corruption scandal we've seen. Texas Senator Ted Cruz is with us.
Senator, between the media and people that we entrust with the powerful tools of intelligence, to see that they rigged an investigation with Hillary, they lied and committed fraud before FISA courts, purposefully - we now know because they were all warned about who paid for it, they omitted that, what Christopher Steele was all about, defeating Trump, and then bludgeoning the President, trying to undo a duly-elected President the way they have, you are a constitutional scholar. You, I think, appreciate how severe this is for the country. How do we rectify this so it never happens again?
SEN. TED CRUZ, R-TX: Well, let me say, first of all, this weekend was a very good weekend for the President, but even more fundamentally, it was a very good weekend for the country. We've had now two years of this special prosecutor investigation. And during the entire time, virtually every Democrat and all the media has been breathlessly covering every minute of it, insisting collusion, collusion, collusion, collusion.
Well, we now have the report from the Special Counsel. The Special Counsel concluded there was no evidence, zero evidence of collusion. That's a big deal. Not only that, but we also now know that both the Attorney General, Bill Barr, and the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, concluded that none of the evidence supports charges of obstruction for justice - obstruction of justice, which means everything the Democrats and media have been talking about for two years was lacking in a factual basis. And the entire media has egg on their face.
And what are they doing now? They're not apologizing, they're not backtracking, they're not saying, "Gosh, our facts were wrong." Instead, they're attacking. We're seeing every Democrat pivot to say, "Oh, no, no, no. Never mind about collusion, never mind about crimes or evidence."
And mark my words, Sean, the House Democrats are going to impeach the President anyway, not because of any evidence, not because of any crimes, but because of the fact that he is Donald Trump and they hate Donald Trump. And it's showing just how extreme they are.
HANNITY: You went up against a guy, Beto O'Rourke, as they call him.
HANNITY: I have my own names for him. I won't drag you into my mess. But I've got to tell you something. I've seen Benjamin Netanyahu as a Churchillian figure that--
HANNITY: --was alone, the sole voice of moral clarity against modern evil in our time, until Donald Trump got into office. And I see that O'Rourke literally went after Netanyahu as an ally of racist, and we know that Reuters covered the real story of your opponent--
CRUZ: Yes. Yes.
HANNITY: --for over a year. They made a deal with Beto to hurt you in that election and help him.
CRUZ: Well, listen, when it comes to media bias, the Reuters story is truly a smoking gun. Back in 2017, they had evidence that Beto may have committed multiple felonies. The reporter interviewed Beto on the record, and he confirmed it, but then they cut a deal and said, OK, we won't report on it until after the 2018 election. Why? Because they want the Democrat to win, they wanted Beto to beat me.
Now that Beto is running against Bernie and against all the other leftists, now Reuters will report it. And it's - the media is in bed with the far left wing of the Democratic Party. But I'll tell you, this also reveals - I mean, you're talking about Prime Minister Netanyahu, who I know well and consider a friend, and Churchillian is exactly the right adjective for him.
One of the things this reveals - listen, Beto is trying to appeal to the extreme left and the Democratic Party. And one of the ways you do that is by launching anti-Israel attacks. I was at the AIPAC conference this week. Not a single Democratic Presidential candidate came to the conference. And we saw just a couple of weeks ago, the House of Representatives couldn't pass a simple bill condemning anti-semitism.
Well, I'll tell you, Sean, I've introduced a resolution in the Senate condemning anti-semitism. I think we need to take it up, and I think we need to put every senator on record. I hope the Democrats are willing to condemn anti-semitism, the kind of comments these freshman House members are making, things like "it's all about the Benjamins," which is nothing but an anti-semitic trope.
I also have legislation to formally recognize as a matter of statute the Golan Heights as part of Israel. This weekend, the President announced that he's going to do that. I've been urging him in the administration to do that for months. That is a tremendous victory for Israel and America. But we need to take up and pass my legislation to put in federal law that the Golan Heights is part of the nation of Israel.
HANNITY: All right. Senator, that's unfair. And if you're part of the media and you cover up for - that's a campaign contribution in a major way, needs to be investigated--
CRUZ: Is there any universe in which Reuters would cut that deal for a Republican? Can you imagine--
HANNITY: A rhetorical question, of course.
CRUZ: --Reuters doing that?
HANNITY: Good to see you, Senator. Thank you.
CRUZ: Always a pleasure.
HANNITY: When we come back, our Villain of the Day, let's just say it has to do with an old enemy, friend of mine, Alec Baldwin. You don't want to miss this. We have a huge, major announcement. It's big. Next.
HANNITY: Villain of the Day, our old friend, the ever so angry, far left actor, Alec Baldwin. Having trouble coming to terms with the Mueller report, tweeting, "You don't need Mueller's report or Barr's conflict of interest or Sean Hannity's imbecility to make clear one thing, unifying thing: Trump is the Devil."
OK. I have a history with Alec. OK, Alec, you want to go there? Wait till I start playing your audition tapes when you tried to be a radio talk show host. Yes. Get ready. Repeat after me. No collusion, no obstruction.
All right. Now, we have a quick program - big announcement. Tomorrow night, the President of the United States reacts to the Mueller report and Barr and much more.
Let not your heart be troubled. It's tomorrow at 9:00. Laura Ingraham is standing by as we are not the destroy-Trump, hate media mob. Neither is Laura.
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