This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," July 10, 2018. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
SEAN HANNITY, HOST: Welcome to "Hannity."
We have a big, huge show tonight. We have Newt Gingrich, Joe diGenova, Professor Alan Dershowitz, Gregg Jarrett, and so much more.
But, first, Judge Brett Kavanaugh is now about to face the fight of his and his family's life. Why? Last night, the president of the United States nominated him to the highest court of the land and despite his impressive credentials, sound originalist philosophy and, by the way, experience at one of the toughest federal courts in America, predictably Democrats, their friends on the left, the mainstream media, they have already ramped up all of their attacks. We're going to show you the worst of the worst and explain why this is so predictable, the smear campaign. By the way, it would have been waged against anybody regardless of who the president nominated.
And in moments, we'll do something the mainstream media will never do. We'll actually review Judge Kavanaugh's impressive background and will remind Democrats about something they seem to be forgetting -- yes, elections 2016, they have consequences and tonight the president kicks off his all-important trip to Europe, tensions are high, protests are erupting all over the continent, which is a sign that America -- yes, when it projects strength, Europe apparently hates us. But when America's weak they love policies of appeasement and they revered Obama.
We have some major breaking news also tonight around the deep state. We will break all of this down in tonight's very, very important breaking news opening monologue.
HANNITY: All right. So, last night, the president made what will be one of the most important decisions of his presidency. He nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. Take a look.
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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: What matters is not a judge's political views but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require. I am pleased to say that I have found without doubt such a person. Throughout legal circles he is considered a judge's judge, a true thought leader among his peers he's a brilliant jurist with a clear and effective writing style universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time.
There is no one in America more qualified for this position and no one more deserving.
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HANNITY: Now, the president has now placed his full faith behind Judge Kavanaugh to carry out his all-important promise to send a constitutionalist, an originalist judge to the highest court in the land.
And during the announcement, well, Judge Kavanaugh gave us a glimpse into what is his judicial philosophy. Let's take a look at that.
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BRETT KAVANAUGH, SUPREME COURT NOMINEE: My judicial philosophy is straightforward a judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law. A judge must interpret statutes as written and a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent.
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HANNITY: What you just heard is a very different philosophy than the judicial activism that Hillary Clinton and the Democrats love and cherish. Now, Judge Kavanaugh's record is long, his background impeccable his academic record is off the charts, his philosophy seems extraordinarily intelligent, very sound.
Educated at Yale, he clerked for the outgoing Justice Anthony Kennedy. He worked in the office of solicitor general. He served as an associate counsel in the office of the independent counsel, Ken Starr.
He was also a senior associate counsel to President George W. Bush. He argued cases before the Supreme Court. He taught courses at Harvard and Yale and Georgetown and Notre Dame, and his opinions have been extensively published in academic journals and he has served in the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit for more than a decade, where his opinions were often endorsed by the United States Supreme Court.
In 2016, during a speech at George Mason University, Kavanaugh spoke extensively about the importance of constitutionalism and he praised upon the late Justice Antonin Scalia. He said, what did Justice Scalia stand for as a judge? It's not complicated but it is profound and worth repeating often, that the judge's job is to interpret the law not to make the law or make policy.
Now, remember the structure of the Constitution -- separation of powers and federalism -- are not near matters of etiquette or architecture, but are at least as essential to protecting individual liberty as the individual rights guaranteed in that text.
Now, this is the exact language you'd want to hear if you want an originalist on the court and frankly from any judge in America. That is what every judge should practice. The job of the judiciary is to interpret the constitutional law, separation of powers, due process, limits on government and, of course, inalienable human rights.
The judiciary should respect co-equal branches of government. That is the job of a judge in America. That is what it means to be an originalist, textualist, a constitutionalist.
By the way, that is what Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito clearly understand who they are and what it is they revere, our Constitution.
But to the Democratic Party, their friends in the left-wing media, none of this matters. Judge Kavanaugh's impressive track record and resume doesn't seem to matter at all. Kavanaugh's fair and just philosophy that doesn't matter, because the left in this country, they want what's called the judicial activist. In other words, someone will throw the Constitution to the wind and write laws and legislate from the bench someone who will even use international law, not our Constitution, as a basis for their findings.
But most of all, Democrats want anybody not tapped by President Trump who you the American people elected. In fact, they are actually attacking President Trump's pick before they even knew who it was and they would have attacked anybody that he chose.
Now, take a look at how members of the left war already sharpening their spears before the president's announcement last night. Take a look.
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JEFFREY TOOBIN, CNN CHIEF LEGAL ANALYST: You just have to remember how extensive the conservative agenda is here for the Supreme Court. It's not just rolling back abortion rights. It's not just rolling back gay rights. It's not just eliminating affirmative action. It's not just expanding the death penalty.
ANDREA MITCHELL, MSNBC: I've never recall a previous president outsourcing at least the initial selection process to an outside interest group the way this president has to the Federalist Society.
SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER, D-N.Y.: A woman's freedom to make sensitive health care decisions hang in the balance with this nominee. It is near impossible to imagine that President Trump would select a nominee who is in hostile to our health care law and health care for millions and millions and millions of Americans, who is in hostile to a woman's freedom to make her own health care decisions.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: For the president, it's going to be all about the personal connection, who he feels comfortable with in the moment.
JOE SCARBOROUGH, MSNBC: So, you're saying he's going to pick the man, the white man.
NINA TOTENBERG, NPR LEGAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT: So as REM once put it, the end of the world as we know it.
SEN. RICHARD BLUMENTHAL, D-CONN.: I've never seen a president of United States in effect make himself a puppet of outside groups and choose from a group of right-wing fringe ideologues.
SEN. CHRIS COONS, D-DEL.: I frankly don't even think we should be considering this nominee.
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HANNITY: And that's not all. Look at this official statement released by the anti-Trump Women's March Organization after Judge Kavanaugh's nomination. Quote: In response to Donald Trump's nomination of, well, blank, to the Supreme Court, Trump's announcement today is a death sentence for thousands of women in the United States, oh, whoever X was.
Now, meanwhile, according to reports, those protesting the president's nomination on the streets of D.C., they were scrambling literally to fill in the blank posters with nominee's name. This is an orchestrated smear campaign, so predictable, so coordinated, so filled with hate, demagoguery. It's kind of almost funny except for the fact that their actions have real consequences.
Many protestors became so aggressive last night at the Supreme Court of the United States that even our own Shannon Bream was actually forced to move her show inside because she felt threatened in that environment.
And now, the left is launching an all-out campaign to scream and to yell and besmirched and lie and smear and slander and use character assassination against Judge Kavanaugh, and by the way, his kids will be watching. Now, watch this and remember it's only day one.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He feels that the president doesn't have to follow the law.
SEN. KAMALA HARRIS, D-CALIF.: If you are a young woman in America or you care about a young woman in America, pay attention to this, because it will forever change your life.
BLUMENTHAL: Here is a memo to the Parkland students -- if you care about common-sense gun violence protection, Judge Kavanaugh is your worst nightmare.
SCHUMER: They get control of the one non-elected branch, the judiciary. They can turn the clock back in America, years, decades, maybe centuries. That's been their goal.
SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN, D-MASS.: He's a political animal. He has been for a big part of the formative years of his career. And so, he thinks of this I think as, wow, we need to make sure that the United States of America stays safe by protecting the president from, what, from investigation, from indictment, from prosecution.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Everyone said when Bork was nominated, well, the southern Democrats will have to go along. Everyone have to listen to Ronald Reagan, follow Ronald Reagan, and in the end, the politics completely reversed and the good political vote was to vote against Bork because the case had been made against him, the country rose up and he was beaten by a -- Democrats and Republicans voting against him. I think the same thing could happen.
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HANNITY: And some of those rhetoric, it was even worse on Twitter and social media.
Look at this former, Virginia governor, Clinton hack, Terry McAuliffe, look what he tweeted. The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh will threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come and will morph our Supreme Court into a political arm of the right-wing Republican Party. Sounds like Ted Kennedy and he sounds like those that attack Justice Thomas.
Very predictable, I told you this was coming.
Many top Democratic senators are now urging their colleagues in red states, red state Democratic senators to throw justice and logic to the wind. They want them to risk their political futures just by voting against Kavanaugh.
Now, it's important to remember, elections do have consequences and I've said this many, many times, the 2018 midterms, this November, will be the most important midterms in the history.
Now, look at these six senators from red states that are up for re- election. They're in a bit of a bind right now. What are they going to do?
Senator Manchin, West Virginia, Heitkamp, North Dakota, Nelson, Florida, Donnelly, Indiana, McCaskill, Missouri, Tester, Montana -- are you going to stick with the far left of your party like you pretty much always do? Are you going to vote as a bloc again? Or you're going to try and save your career and do what is only an election year conversion?
Now, it's very important to remember, all of you, the six of you, are supposed to serve the people of your state, but it appears you all serve Chuck Schumer and company and America's watching.
And as I said earlier, Justice Kavanaugh is about to face the fight of his life, what he and his family will have to endure, it is sick, and by the way, in the end, Justice Kavanaugh is qualified. His experience, impeccable. His judicial philosophy is sound. His intellect, keen, and he should be quickly confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
We're going to have more on this throughout the show. But now, let's turn our attention to Europe. The president now has officially kicked off his visit ahead of a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and, of course, an all-important summit with NATO.
This is where President Trump will negotiate with our allies that they pay their fair share for their national defense. We're not the world's piggy bank any longer, and sadly, Western Europe's love affair with the American presidency actually died because the appeaser in chief, Barack Obama, left office.
Now, instead, President Trump is facing widespread protests across the continent this is just one more reminder that many in Western Europe prefer weakness not a strong America. For example, remember Obama's feckless apology tour that was revered by all the leaders in Europe? You may remember a lot of this.
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BARACK OBAMA, FORMER PRESIDENT: America like every other nation has made mistakes and has its flaws.
In America, there's a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where Americans shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.
Issues of women's equality are by no means simply an issue for Islam. In Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, we've seen Muslim majority countries elect a woman to lead. Meanwhile, the struggle for women's equality continues in many aspects of American life.
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HANNITY: Now, the press they picked up on Europe's love affair with Barack Obama, echoed his effusive praise. One headline read, quote: Obama wows Berlin in the crowd with historic speech. President Obama goes abroad and the world is happier for it. Obama connects with young Europeans.
Now, compare that love fest to the treatment -- let's go back to Ronald Reagan what he received. Like President Trump, Reagan led the world with American exceptionalism and the concept of peace through strength. And by the way, Europe was not loving Reagan during an early trip to Europe. Reagan was met by thousands of protesters. This happened all across the continent. In London, West Berlin, Reagan was even, quote, jeered during a speech at the European parliament in France.
And, of course, Reagan's policies ultimately ushered in the end of the Cold War, brought down the Berlin Wall, pushed the Soviet Union out of many Eastern European countries, but if history tells us anything, Europe apparently doesn't learn. And here we are today with more animosity towards a sitting U.S. president because he projects America as a force for good and strength in the world.
Now, the protest that we will see in Europe all week are exactly the same as Reagan faced. The parallels are uncanny. Now, this is the greatest tribute that America is now back and strong and actually leading on the world stage, the apology tour is over.
Tomorrow, the show will be hitting the road. That's right. Hannity we will be broadcasting live from Europe as we continue to monitor the president's important trip and tomorrow night will be that our cover at all for you. We hope you'll join us.
Now, let's turn our attention to the deep state tonight. Disgraced former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, she has been subpoenaed to appear before a closed- door session in the House of Representatives tomorrow, and sources are telling FOX News tonight, she does plan to comply with that subpoena, although I guess anything could happen. We'll keep you posted on everything we learned from that hearing.
Also this week, Page's one-time boyfriend, Trump-hating FBI agent at the center of it all, Peter Strzok, will testify in public this Thursday before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees. This could be one of the most contentious hearings in years. We will be covering that. And according to a brand-new report tonight from John Solomon, the FBI was reportedly in possession of -- get this -- three different versions of the now infamous dirty dossier the Clinton bought and paid for, phony, debunked, oppo research based on Russian lies put together by a foreign national.
Now, we know this phony dossier was used as the basis for the initial investigation of the Trump-Russia collusion witch-hunt and it was the bulk of information to get a FISA warrant not once but four times. Rod Rosenstein signing the last one. John Solomon will be here tonight with the report.
Also, we're learning that the Lieutenant General Michael Flynn sentencing hearing has now mysteriously been delayed again -- what is another bizarre move by Robert Mueller's witch hunt. And meanwhile, Flynn is now pleading for his case to be wrapped up.
And according to a report from our own Sara Carter, Mueller's so-called pit bull, Andrew Weissmann, may have actually leaked details surrounding Mueller's investigation to the "Associated Press". That is a problem. You're not allowed to do that.
And as we speak, Paul Manafort, not convicted of a thing, is sitting 23 hours a day in solitary confinement in a federal prison over a 2005 tax case.
And breaking this week, we have more news from the House Intel Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, and he is now calling for a probe of 42 Obama era officials to determine the role that they played in targeting the Trump campaign to influence our election. We'll have more on this in a moment.
First, joining us now, the reaction to all the breaking news, the author of the book "Why We Fight", FOX News national security strategist, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, NRATV contributor Dan Bongino.
Let's go to the hysteria. The fact that we actually have the left XX, fill in the blank, we're going to use the same words no matter who Donald Trump picks is pretty revealing, but it's also 101 of the Democratic Party. Smear, besmirch, slander, lie, racist, sexist, misogynist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, dirty air and water, killed children and grandma.
It's all the same, Dr. Gorka. We never get any variation of that theme.
DR. SEBASTIAN GORKA, FOX NEWS NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGIST: No, we don't, and the really incredible thing is that there isn't one indication amongst anybody on the left that they really understand that this is bad for them. But let them continue to do so. There's no realization that this does not play well outside the bubble.
This is great in Hollywood. This is great in New York. This is great in, you know, the DNC's cocktail parties in Georgetown. But it doesn't resonate with the American people.
They have a narrative which is ideologically driven, and whatever the president does, they will attack him and sooner or later, this will bear certain political consequences for them. My concern is that they're upping the ante on the things that are truly undemocratic.
Yes, they'll smear us. They smear you, me, whoever they pick it to be the next associate justice, but the issue is when it comes to harassment and the use of violence. There's no equivalent of Antifa on the right, doesn't exist, does not exist.
HANNITY: And, Dan --
GORKA: There's no story of --
HANNITY: Yes, I don't mean to interrupt --
GORKA: There's no story -- there's no there's no story like James Hodgkinson at the baseball diamond just a few miles from where I'm sitting. You don't have Republicans go out with a hit list trying to kill Democrat congressmen. Guess which side that happens on? It happens on the left.
HANNITY: I don't see any ideas from the left for this election, except we know what it is, open borders, keep Obamacare, they want their crumbs back, they want to impeach Trump and they don't want the president to get the Supreme Court nominee he wants.
Dan, can you name a single thing that they are putting forward that helps the American people? Because I'm not hearing one single thing except oppose, oppose, oppose.
DAN BONGINO, NRATV CONTRIBUTOR: No, I'm glad you brought this up.
You know, Sean, Trump is Duncan on the left and the media on a daily basis now and they've gone from derangement now to sheer panic and here's why -- it's because of what you just said, precisely because of it. The left doesn't have an agenda, Sean. There is absolutely no popular mandate for enormous government, high taxes, government-controlled health care and complete government control of education. There is zero popular mandate for that.
Why does this Supreme Court thing matter? Why have they now adjusted to their new outrage campaign? Because, Sean, they can't legislate. They have to legislate from the bench where they only have to convince one person. Who? A judge, because they can't convince the American people that this crap agenda they have is real.
Remember, liberalism stinks for liberals too. Don't forget that, Sean.
HANNITY: It's amazing because what they can't get done at the ballot box because the American people would never buy it, Dr. Gorka, and I think Dan Bongino is right, or what they could never get done legislatively without blowing up their careers. They try to use the courts for.
A real judge respects that the legislative branch has their job and their job is to take the exact text and the Constitution's exact text and see where the line is. It's not their job to legislate.
GORKA: No, but Dan's point is incredibly important, and it's not just using activists in, you know, the Ninth Circuit Court or wherever. It is - - you know, that's their short circuit to get what they want. But it's also the intimidation and the harassment I think -- you know, Pruitt's resignation is also a function of they don't have a mandate, they don't have an agenda, but that's why it's so important what Kavanaugh said last night.
He only made two substantive statements. He talked about the women in his life, his inspiration, but he only said two things -- judges don't legislate and a SCOTUS judge interprets the Constitution.
HANNITY: You know, I'll give you the last word, Dan Bongino. It's very, very obvious how the left now speaks with one voice. That's why those six senators, they have toe the line of Chuck Schumer, not their constituents.
BONGINO: Sean, they think like the Borg in "Star Trek". They think with a hive mind. They're not independent entrepreneurs like conservatives, and that's why this attack strategy sometimes works for them. They think with a hive mind. They're not independent.
HANNITY: Really well said, both of you. All right. Thank you both.
We have a really busy night. We have Professor Alan Dershowitz. We have Joe diGenova and we have Newt Gingrich, all coming up, straight ahead.
HANNITY: All right. Here with reaction to my opening monologue, former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, our friend Joe diGenova who, by the way, has done legal work for me in the past, not recently thank god, because he's very expensive. Because he's that good. I'm only kidding, Joe.
And this brand new book out by Professor Dershowitz is absolutely amazing. You need to read it. It really is educational. It's called "The Case Against Impeaching Donald Trump", Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz.
By the way, right after this show tonight, 10:00 Eastern, Professor Dershowitz will be hosting an online book signing. You can order that book, submit a suggestion right on my Website, Hannity.com, it's on my Website, Hannity.com.
I want you -- one of the things that is so sad is how polarized we are.
ALAN DERSHOWITZ, HARVARD LAW PROFESSOR: We can't talk to each other. We can't talk to each other. You know --
HANNITY: You can't, in Martha's Vineyard.
DERSHOWITZ: Right. When I go to court and I argue against the prosecutor, Rudy Giuliani, you know, he was the young prosecutor when I was a young defense attorney, we fought each other like tigers and then we walk out shake hands and have a drink.
You could talk to each other. I understood his position. He understood my position. He was doing his job, I was doing my job. It's gone.
What -- look at the nomination last night. A blank slate, whoever it is we're going to oppose. Look, I would have nominated somebody else. My choice would have been Merrick Garland. I think the Republicans stole that nomination.
But I'm going to have an open mind about a Kavanaugh. My friends --
HANNITY: He's an intellectual.
DERSHOWITZ: Brilliant, brilliant guy. Look, he went to Yale Law School, not bad. I went Yale Law School. We were both first in our class.
He went to -- then he taught at Harvard. Hey, not bad.
HANNITY: I wasn't first in my class, professor.
DERSHOWITZ: And he's a brilliant guy. And, you know, when I -- I can't tell you the content of my conversation with the president, the president did ask me my advice and one of the things the president emphasized was his academic background and the fact that he had such a strong academic background and that he was teaching at Harvard, at Yale, at Georgetown -- all these places.
HANNITY: Wonderful places.
DERSHOWITZ: And Notre Dame. And that means he has an open mind.
Look, would I wish he had different views? I'm going to disagree with him.
HANNITY: But he also changed his mind.
DERSHOWITZ: He did and that's a great, great attribute, the ability -- he's going to serve on the court 30 years. None of us has any idea what the crucial issues will be 30 years from now.
HANNITY: You know what I've been friends with a long, long time and we agree on foreign policy on the Middle East and Israel is Joe Lieberman.
DERSHOWITZ: Yes, me too.
HANNITY: And Joe Lieberman when he ran as an independent, he always said, he said, just stop saying you like me, because it wasn't helping.
HANNITY: Let me bring Joe diGenova in.
Joe, I know you're going to like this book, seriously. It is -- it is rare --
JOE DIGENOVA, FORMER U.S. ATTORNEY: I know I will. I know I will.
HANNITY: Right now, Professor Dershowitz is under fire for standing up for principles he's always held.
HANNITY: This is not a good time.
DIGENOVA: Well, the reason for that is very simple. You can't be honest anymore. You can't be intellectually honest. And the reason is -- and I hate to say this -- the leftists and the Democrats have established an ideocracy and it's populated by fools and naives and intellectual pickpockets.
Just all you have to do is listen to Senator Ben Cardin, who on Face the Nation the other day said that the nominee for the Supreme Court was coming from an extremist organization. The Federalist Society!
Members of which included, John Roberts, Nino Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Sam Alito and Neil Gorsuch. When a United States senator says something as stupid and as ignorant and as uninformed as that that's why people are treating Alan Dershowitz the way they are at the cape. It's an embarrassment. The intellectual dishonesty of these people is staggering. They are frightened of other ideas.
HANNITY: Let's talk about this book in the context of where we are with the Mueller investigation. Because you have called this what it is from the beginning. It's very dangerous when we criminalize political difference, which are your words and not mine?
ALAN DERSHOWITZ, PROFESSOR, HARVARD LAW SCHOOL: Right. I agree. And I think Mueller is going to end up not having accomplished very much. Because you cannot indict a sitting president. We know that Kavanaugh agrees with that as well. And you cannot impeach a president unless he's committed a crime. Collusion is not a crime.
The president can obstruct justice by simply, simply exercising his authority under article 2. So in the end there's just going to be a report. Some low hanging fruit some people will be indicted, their families will be ruined.
HANNITY: Paul Manafort for 2005 hostage 23 hours a day.
DERSHOWITZ: It's horrible situation and he should not be in jail, he should be out--
HANNITY: Does he have been convicted and I missed it?
DERSHOWITZ: I know. And you know, and poor black people shouldn't be in jail if they can't afford bail. It's a systemic problem and just because you stand up for Paul Manafort doesn't mean you can't also stand up for poor people.
HANNITY: I think one of the greatest moments of the Trump presidency is when he pardoned a woman who was a first time offender. No, it was the right thing to do.
DERSHOWITZ: It was terrific. It was a right thing to do. And he did it because he's got told him there was an--
HANNITY: And when she said I will not let the American people down. I actually got goose bumps. It was touching. And she -- into the arms of her family.
Let me go - it's interesting. I know fake news is what they are, Joe DiGenova, but they are trying to equate a 2009 writing, I believe it was Minnesota Law Review, if my mind is correct, about by Judge Kavanaugh as it relates to going after a sitting president to that's why Trump picked him. He did this before the Obama administration. Your reaction.
DIGENOVA: Yes. Well, look. All of these -- all of this nitpicking about individual writings means absolutely nothing. It's any port in the storm. He is such a qualified candidate. He is so superb. This is what they have fallen to. It's not going to work. And I predict at least three Democrats are going to vote for him.
HANNITY: All right. Thank you, Joe DiGenova. This book right here--
DIGENOVA: You bet.
HANNITY: -- you can go to Hannity.com in 23 minutes Professor Alan Dershowitz is going to sign copies. This book if you care about justice and the president with the witch hunt you're going want to read this book. It's important for anybody of any political persuasion.
DERSHOWITZ: Thank you, Sean.
HANNITY: Congratulations. Good to see you, sir.
DERSHOWITZ: I appreciate it.
HANNITY: When we come back, Newt Gingrich, this just breaking, just in. Lisa Page Fox News have learned she will not appear in front of lawmakers tomorrow, she will not comply with the subpoena. We'll give you those new developments, straight ahead.
HANNITY: All right. This now a Fox News alert breaking just moment ago with our own Catherine Herridge reporting that the corrupt FBI lawyer Lisa Page now will, in fact, not comply with the subpoena and will not be testifying before a closed door session of Congress tomorrow which she said up until an hour ago she said she would be attending.
Here with reaction author of the New York Times bestseller "Trump's America: The Truth About America's Great Comeback," and he's also the executive producer of the first American which is available on Amazon prime video. Former Speaker of the House and Fox News contributor, Newt Gingrich is with us.
She is now citing, if I may, Mr. Speaker, the idea that in fact, a congressional source said that they did expect her. But in fact she is claiming that she didn't get the materials from Congress that she thought she would have.
NEWT GINGRICH, CONTRIBUTOR, FOX NEWS: Who knows what the deal is here? Increasingly, these guys sounds like the old Mafia bosses who used to show up for the key hearings many, many years ago in the early days of television, and they would sit there and they would plead the fifth.
And for the country at large it was a huge spectacle and it kind of gave you the signal who is guilty. You are discovering that at the very senior levels of the FBI and I believe of the Justice Department under Obama you had a level of corruption that makes it very dangerous for them to show up and to actually testify.
And so I think their lawyers legitimately under our system are saying to them, you need to protect yourself. You cannot go under oath and start talking about this stuff or you are going to create or you either going to reveal information that will put you in jail, or you are going to end up committing perjury.
And so I think you are seeing a real example -- it sounds to me like if they didn't have a lot to hide, they would not be hiding. And what we are seeing is people who I think have a lot to hide.
HANNITY: Well, to me, listen, I would actually say and I said this about the FBI director James Comey whoever allowed him to write that book who was his attorney and go on that book tour I think did not serve him particularly well. And I reminded him at the time he had the right to remain silent.
Lisa Page was the top attorney for Andrew McCabe, the deputy director of the FBI, and the boyfriend Peter Strzok who is at the heart of all of this. She's involved in the text messages. We will stop him. Insurance policy. Calling Trump every name in the book, et cetera.
I honestly feel when you think of the ramifications and how profound it is that they wanted to literally alter a presidential election i a way I don't think I would allow her to testify.
GINGRICH: I think you are faced with what is increasingly obvious as a bureaucratic coup de etat, where they were literally were trying to prop up Secretary Clinton no matter how guilty she was and they were trying to find some device to block Donald Trump no matter how innocent he was.
And I think this is -- I mean, if you want to see evidence there is a deep state all you have to do is follow this couple and all their various tweets and text messages, I meant, text messages. And you begin to realize there's something profoundly wrong going on.
HANNITY: Well, obviously there really is. Because also, Peter Strzok was the one writing the exoneration. He is the one that replaced gross negligence with extreme carelessness. He is the one that interviewed Michael Flynn. He didn't think Michael Flynn was lying.
He interviewed Hillary Clinton. Three days later she was exonerated, but he had been building the exoneration case since May. This happened in July. On top of that he was at the heart of the start of what is the phony Russia case.
This guy was up to his eyeballs in every single solitary thing leading up to this election with the desire to rush the Russia investigation so that they could get Trump. This is about impacting an election.
GINGRICH: Look, I think for every day common sense non-lawyers, and I'm not a lawyer. All you have to do is ask yourself the following picture. Paul Manafort who has not been convicted yet of anything is apparently spending 23 hours a day in solitary confinement.
Meanwhile, every person in the Clinton team, no matter what they have done has basically been ignored. Exonerated. Allowed to go free. Now, I mean, if you want to see how sick the system is look at the way they are treating Paul Manafort and look at the way they treated Hillary's aides including the guy who took a hammer to break up the smart phones and to bleach bit to destroy the memory of the computers. And say to yourself, how come all of these people had nothing done to them?
And without even being convicted, Paul Manafort is in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day. And it tells you we have a very sick system.
HANNITY: A 2005 tax case I remember what the judge said. Judge Ellis III that they are putting the screws to Manafort for the purpose that he will sing or compose. And that the idea is to use him to either prosecute or impeach Donald Trump. The judge said that in the case.
Let me move on. You see the left's reaction. Fill in the blank. They had had all prepared against whoever the president chose. Your reaction to that and, of course, the president's selection. This is one from the most important decisions any president will make.
GINGRICH: Look, I'm going to go out on a limb tonight. I believe that Judge Kavanaugh is so impressive last night that his introduction by the president and his own speech the appearance of his two daughters and his wife and his mother and his father, I believe that this is such a remarkable and easily defendable person.
I'm going to -- I'm just going to go out tonight and say I believe at least three Democrats are going to ignore the suggestion of the Democratic whip Dick Durbin that they ought to commit suicide and vote no and they are they are going to vote yes.
And I think you are going to see a real split between the radical extremist wing of the Democratic Party and people who believe that the system really should work and if they do really want to find a way to work in the system.
HANNITY: The very realiable Chuck Schumer votes of Claire McCaskill and Nelson, and Heitkamp and Tester and the rest of them, it's going to be interesting to watch the election year conversion which isn't real.
Mr. Speaker, great to see you. Congrats on the book. We appreciate you being with us.
GINGRICH: Always good to be with you. Thank s.
HANNITY: When we come back, breaking news. The Hill's John Solomon is here with his breaking news report on how the FBI could have now had multiple versions, believe it or not, of this bought and paid for Hillary dossier. And Gregg Jarret, as we continue.
HANNITY: All right. Tonight the Hill's John Solomon has a brand new report. Look at this title, this headline. "Did the FBI get bamboozled by multiple versions of Trump dossier?" John Solomon in the report writes, quote. "Memos the FBI is turning over to Congress show the bureau possessed at least three versions of the dossier and its mostly unverified allegations of collusion."
Joining us now, he is also by the way, the author of -- there's John Solomon of The Hill, and the Russia -- author of this book. By the way, two weeks away now, "The Russia Hoax: The Elicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump" Fox News legal analyst, Gregg Jarrett.
OK. So let me get this straight. As the Nunes memo pointed out. As the Grassley-Graham memo pointed out the bulk of information for the FISA warrant was that phony Clinton bought and paid for dossier with Russian lies put together by a foreign national. Multiple versions, none of them verified but all used to present to the court and spread by people like John Brennan?
JOHN SOLOMON, VICE PRESIDENT, THE HILL: Yes, you have it right, Sean. What we know now is that the FBI according to Peter Strzok's own e-mail to his own intelligence team. They got one version from the liberal journalist David Corn, a Trump protagonist and one from Senator McCain that came from the Steele people and one from Glenn Simpson who testified he didn't give a version of the dossier to the FBI.
So they have three different versions and they're talking about it. And I was thinking about how to explain this and why this is important. In the intelligence world it's called circular reporting. It's a real problem. It corrupts the intelligence process.
But if I went to Amazon and I bought your book a few days ago and then three later it comes and then three days later it comes again, and then maybe a week later it comes again, the fourth time it comes again. You are going to check your credit card and make sure you weren't being charge for it.
You're going to call Amazon and say why do you keep sending me this here? The FBI doesn't do that. In fact, it gets more and more excited about investigating Trump even though they know it's a fruit of a single tree that comes from a political motive of Hillary Clinton defeating -- trying to defeat Donald Trump. It's bad intelligence work. That's what everybody I've interviewed inside the intelligence community is telling me today.
HANNITY: Gregg, in your book, I have seen all the pages because I've studied in your book and tear in -- I actually I have one version I tore. I tear out the pages. I think it's 100 pages, 103 because we talked about it.
GREGG JARRETT, FOX NEWS LEGAL ANALYST: Right.
HANNITY: You actually write about was there another version? Was Harry Reid given--
HANNITY: -- by John Brennan?
JARRETT: Yes, look, the dossier never gets old. I read it 100 times. I never fail to break out in laughter. I mean, it's a work of pure fiction. A bad novelist who continues to rework his twaddles. So, multiple versions of it. No wonder there were so many people involved in this propagating this thing and contributing to it.
You know, Clinton acolytes Sydney Blumenthal and Cody Shearer. You got John Brennan who pretends to be the CIA director but he is Hillary Clinton lackey and sycophant. And then you've got Glenn Simpson who this is going to end badly for him. I've read through his testimony twice now.
JARRETT: It is inconceivable the statement he makes that he claims he didn't give the dossier to people.
HANNITY: When do we ever get an arrest in all of this? When do we ever get--
JARRETT: Well, I think Charles Grassley is on to Glenn Simpson.
HANNITY: What about Comey and McCabe and look at Strzok, look at the news about Lisa Page tonight and Peter Strzok supposed to testify publicly.
JARRETT: Well, you know, I sent you a note a few hours ago I tell you Lisa Page is not going to testify.
HANNITY: She received, by the way, he did and he said it yesterday, too.
JARRETT: She received a subpoena in person. That means you appear in person. There are no conditions to it. You don't get to RSVP it. It's a lawful subpoena. Failure to act is a criminal act. But her lawyers know that the D.C. courts are filled with liberal judges. They don't have a backbone. They're not going to go after her for defying a lawful subpoena so she's thumbing her nose that--
HANNITY: But she could plead the fifth.
JARRETT: She could plead the fifth, seek immunity. I wouldn't advise her to open her mouth. She's left the FBI. There's nothing in it for her to open her mouth.
HANNITY: Let me go back to this article, John, because this is important. This gets to the hearth of the second part, which is first state they allowed Hillary who broke laws to get away it with it and the fix was in. Now we got the second part they tried to frame Donald Trump. And big time this dossier was a big part of it.
SOLOMON: Yes. You know, when you think about it instead of having sources in Moscow telling them that they were including with Russia all they have is Hillary Clinton and journalist that they're kind of combing over to put together this very thin case. And there is this enormous. They are trying to do it before the election. And that's the most scary about this, the electoral pressure they used.
HANNITY: It's about impacting an election which I was discussing with you. By the way, on Twitter you can get Jon's column at Sean Hannity and your book on Hannity.com.
All right. When we come back, legendary comedian Jerry Seinfeld is weighing in on liberal intolerance. Really? Take a look. We'll show you that straight ahead.
HANNITY: Legendary comedian Jerry Seinfeld on his Netflix show comedians and cars getting coffee, and watch this, he's actually very good. Well, he had a guest on. They had some interesting things to say about liberal intolerance on college campuses these days. This is interesting. Take a listen.
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JERRY SEINFELD, COMEDIAN: So where the colleges are have become these places of restrictive thought as opposed of thought freedom.
ZACH GALIFIANAKIS, ACTOR: Well, there is nothing liberal about shutting someone up.
SEINFELD: The problem isn't allowing intolerant talk because now you are intolerant.
GALIFIANAKIS: Well how do you judge what's intolerant?
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HANNITY: That is a pretty cool car by the way. All right. That's unfortunately all the time we have left this evening. By the way, right after the show, we are headed to London and then Helsinki.
We will be covering the president's meetings with European leaders in his high-stakes one-on-one summit with Vladimir Putin. And we also will be covering everything that's going on here. So there is a big news week.
And we'll be watching the protests. That's because America is showing strength, a good thing. And by the way, NATO needs to pay its fair share and Vladimir, here we go.
Let not your heart be troubled. The news continues -- and by the way, I saw you yesterday outside the White House. I'm like, really?
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