Sen. Graham: Clinton email investigation was short-circuited for her to win election

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," March 13, 2019. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: Welcome to “Hannity.”

Day two of the scandal that is now rocking the entire world of higher education. Dozens of wealthy families, business executives and yes, Hollywood celebrities caught rigging the system, paying huge crimes, fixing even SAT and ACT scores, also their little children, their precious skids to gain admission into some of America's top universities.

Now, the man at the very center of this fraud is named William "Rick" Singer. He is cooperating with federal authorities apparently naming names. Hours ago, "Full House" actress Lori Loughlin appeared in court to face charges for her involvement in this scheme and was released -- get this -- on a one million-dollar bond. By the way, the same amount as R. Kelly.

And she and her husband are accused of paying half a million dollars so that their two daughters could get into USC as purported crew athletes. They never were crew rowers ever. They never played once. They even went as far as to photoshop pictures.

Now, fellow actress Felicity Huffman was arrested at gunpoint during a raid by multiple FBI agents after she was accused of paying thousands of dollars to fake her daughter's SAT scores. And according to the University of Southern California, students who benefited from this fraud may now get kicked out of the college. But that should be the least of their worries because their parents now apparently, they will be facing up to 20 years behind bars.

So far, 50 people have been charged including multiple college athletic coaches, school administrators, several SAT, ACT officials. And fraudster William "Rick" Singer claimed to have successfully serviced over 800 clients who paid him tens and tens of thousands on in some cases millions of dollars. Unbelievable.

Why? I guess for status, bragging rights, so they could tell their friends that their privilege children got into the best schools, even though in reality, their children weren't good enough academically or weren't good enough athletically. To do so, they stomped on the futures of other people.

This is a zero-sum game, there's only so many spots in each school. Children who are probably not as financially will off, or kids who had to work for everything, kids who put in the time academically or athletically, talking about thousands and thousands of hours studying and training and actually earning their grades or positioned in their sport. Kids who spent all this time on and off the field to better themselves and enrich the school with their incredible athletic ability. Kids who played sports competitively.

Most kids now, they focus on one sport since about the time they are seven. Now, I know because I've lived through.

Now, if found guilty, those involved in the scandal are the new faces of yes, greed, corruption and selfishness in a rare moment of honesty, even fake news CNN's Don Lemmon summed it up like this. Take a look.


DON LEMON, CNN HOST: This is an America that can be deeply unfair, where hard work doesn't necessarily pay off, where if you have money, you can buy anything because just about everything is for sale, including integrity for sale. A whole lot of people have real good reason to believe the system is rigged against them. Listen, this is what Donald Trump tapped into and in a lot of ways, guess what, he was right.


HANNITY: All right. Thankfully, 2020 Democratic hopefuls were very, very excited about this tonight. Lifelong fraudster herself Elizabeth Warren, she is weighing in on the controversy because at this time or a time like this, Warren is exactly the moral compass America needs. Take a look.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: As a parent, how much sympathy would you have for these parents who are embroiled in this alleged cheating scandal?




HANNITY: Oh, the same Elizabeth Warren, she lied on her Texas bar registration, probably lied to most of her employers in higher education, Harvard, telling them she was Native American, literally faking what her race and background was to gain an advantage, Senator Warren the poster child for fraud in higher education.

And by the way, she's not the only 2020 Democrat facing claims of rampant hypocrisy. In tonight's 2020 HANNITY watch on the election -- well, they have breaking news tonight. Remember when the left told America that all claims of sexual misconduct, they are to be believed. No due process, no presumption of innocence necessary.

Apparently, Democrats don't apply that same standard to themselves, as we have learned tonight. A former aide to #metoo champion, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand from New York, actually resigned after her claims of sexual misconduct were allegedly swept under the rug.

And meanwhile, Bernie Sanders 2016 campaign is still dealing with allegations of sexual harassment. Apparently, "believe all women" is not a motto for the Sanders campaign. It's not one they ever obey themselves.

And don't forget Kamala Harris. One of her top aides forced to resign because of sexual misconduct but only after details of his $400,000 payoff became public. Brave senators. And this will be an issue in 2020.

We'll have more on this later in the show, but we turn now to a serious situation over American skies tonight. Out of an abundance of caution, earlier today, the president ordered all Boeing 737 MAX 8, 9 planes grounded in light of new information from the ongoing investigation into the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. Let's take a look.


DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT: We're going to be issuing an emergency order of prohibition to ground all flights of the 737 MAX 8 and the 737 MAX 9.

Airlines have been all notified. Airlines are agreeing with this. The safety of the American people and all people is our paramount concern.

Boeing is an incredible company. They are working very, very hard right now. And hopefully, they will very quickly come up with the answer, but until they do, the planes were grounded.


HANNITY: The president is making the right move tonight. His number one priority has always been protecting human life. He is pro-life. Look what he's trying to do with the border, protect American citizens -- 4,000 homicides, 30,000 sexual assaults, in two years, and 100,000 violent assaults by illegal immigrants against Americans.

Let me be more clear -- I want to say this about Boeing. Boeing is great American company. They have created some of the best, most reliable planes use worldwide. I want Boeing to beat the French owned Airbus in the open market and I know they will. All Americans should be rooting for Boeing to get to the bottom of this serious situation, resolve it and get back to producing some of the best aircraft this world has ever seen. And some of our fellow American citizens, they built those aircraft. We are going to bring you those developments as they continue to unfold.

First, we turn to our “Hannity” watch on the deep state. We have more breaking news tonight. For the past few nights right here on this program, we have been urging you to just hang on, be patient, because justices around the corner for all high-level government bureaucrats that we have been telling you about for two years, those that were involved in bringing Clinton's investigation so she could remain the Democratic candidate, those involved in trying to alter an impact election with Russian lies they knew were allies but they disseminated them anyway, all while persecuting the Trump campaign for something he never did or his campaign never did.

Tonight, I'll let Congressman Devin Nunes give your preview of the coming attractions. Take a look.


REP. DEVIN NUNES, D-CALIF.: We continue to work, and on the House Intelligence Committee, we will make keying several criminal referrals and we hope that the Justice Department will take these out.

LAURA INGRAHAM, HOST: When is that going to happen? When are those criminal referrals going to be made?

NUNES: I would guess sometime in the next two, three, four weeks.


NUNES: We'd like to see -- we would like to see what's in the Mueller report.


HANNITY: My sources telling me tonight this will only be the tip of the iceberg. What's going to be happening in coming weeks will be major. It should be major, there will be more after that.

It's not just coming from Senator Nunes. Senator Lindsey Graham who will join us in a minute, he now has reopened the Senate investigation into the FISA abuse scandal and remember, we still have the inspector general's report we are waiting for as it relates to Inspector General Horowitz, Senator Graham as I said we'll be here in a moment.

And also, thanks to the courage of Congressman Collins of Georgia, the full transport of the Lisa Page testimony, we now learned yesterday on learning more today that it was Obama's Department of Justice actually directing the FBI not to charge Hillary Clinton with the standard in the law which was gross negligence. According to Lisa Page, quote: We had multiple conversations with the Justice Department about charging gross negligence and the Justice Department's assessment was that it was both constitutionally vague, really? So that they did not actually feel they could permissibly bring that charge and they need a new standard.

Congressman Radcliffe then asked, quote: You are making it sound like it was the department that told you you're not going to charge gross negligence which is in the statute because the prosecutors were telling you we are not going to. Page responded: That is correct.

That's correct? That means this was ordered by the Department of Justice of Barack Obama headed by Loretta Lynch -- yes, the same attorney general at the time that met days before this decision secretly on the tarmac in Phoenix with Bill Clinton supposedly 45 minutes talking about grandchildren. This was in the final days of that investigation.

The same person who asked James Comey, don't call this an investigation. We call it a matter. Really?

That was an investigation. It should have been. The same person who reports directly to Barack Obama.

Tonight, we now have added a very important new component to this entire deep state issue. What did Barack Hussein Obama know and when did he know it?

This now takes it straight to the former president and the Oval Office, Barack Obama. And thanks to Page, we also know the top FBI investigator, her boyfriend Strzok, viewed the investigation into Trump-Russia collusion, that was the insurance policy that we knew they talked about. And they joined the Russian investigation in order to build a case to impugn and potentially impeach the duly elected new president of the United States, assuming that all their work and the release of all those lies and all of that propaganda and the dossier they disseminated to influence the American people before the vote in 2016.

The only problem here is there was collusion but it wasn't Trump-Russia collusion. According to Page, the FBI had absolutely no evidence after they started an investigation, after exonerating Hillary this investigation began in July of 2016, Trump Russia collusion.

By the way, they went all the way through May of the next year. They found no evidence. This is before Bob Mueller was even appointed. They found nothing. And here we are 665 days later into what is Mueller's intensive investigation, still zero signs of collusion.

You know, Rand Paul said today, the president has been saying, there should never happen to an American president in this country. This is the biggest abuse of power, corruption scandal we've ever seen. Now, also, the conclusion of the House Intel Committee, Devin Nunes Committee, no Russian collusion. The bipartisan Senate investigation, the Burr hearings, no Russia collusion.

And for months, some people -- you know, they've been trying to tell me Mueller is of good and honorable and decent man. He served his country. Semper fi. He's a marine, impeccable integrity.

I have wandered from day one why did Bob Mueller's staff this political investigation with only Democratic donors. Why would he ever hire Hillary Clinton supporters and a former Clinton lawyer and no Republicans? You know, you've got to wonder if Mueller has paid attention to all of the abuse of power and corruption we have exposed right here on the show for two years. I wonder if he has this fidelity to truth and the law.

You know, soon we will all know the answer to that. But it's not a good sign that Mueller, you know, appoints a guy like Andrew Weissmann. Remember Enron, the accounting case, tens of thousands of people lost their job. This guy license to lie in Sidney Powell's book, withheld exculpatory evidence. That's Mueller's pit bull Andrew Weissmann.

Then, he put four Merrill executives in jail for a full year. That was overturned by the fifth circuit. Why would -- why would he ever be hired by Mueller?

And today, Paul Manafort case, liberals aren't going to be happy unless Paul Manafort dies in jail. He was sentenced to more prison time for the second case that he have been involved in. None of them, we now have two cases, nothing to do with collusion whatsoever.

Here's his attorney earlier today. Listen to the nice little protesters and resistance in the background.


MANAFORT'S LAWYER: Judge Jackson conceded that there was absently no evidence of any Russian collusion in this case. That makes two courts -- two courts have ruled no evidence of any collusion with any Russian. Part number two, very sad --


Very sad day for such a callous harsh sentence that is totally unnecessary.


HANNITY: We should note, the judge in the Manafort case is pushing back, saying that the Russian investigation is not yet over. OK.

But, tonight, but we have two congressional investigations over. If you want to know the best sign that Mueller is not going to find any Russia collusion then look no further than the cowardly shift himself, Adam Schiff. Today busy in his favorite conspiracy based network MSNBC, shifting the narrative, squirming when asked a simple question about his previous grandiose claims that he had evidence of collusion.

Take a look at my pal, my friend who uses my name to raise money. Here's the cowardly shift.


REP. ADAM SCHIFF, D-CALIF.: Two years ago as you point out until the present day, there is ample evidence of collusion. But whether that evidence amounts to proof beyond reasonable doubt, of criminal conspiracy, we would have to wait for Bob Mueller to determine. It is still very much my view the best evidence of the president's complicity as a general matter is the fact that he has been so deceptive about all these contacts time after time.


HANNITY: Now, the cowardly Schiff is actually trying to shift the conversation away from collusion. Take a look at this.


SCHIFF: If there is insufficient evidence in the Mueller report and we're not able to produce sufficient evidence in our own investigation that ends the inquiry, there may be grounds for removal from office or there may be grounds for indictment after he leaves office that the Congress discovers. One of the issues we are looking at which the Mueller report may not cover is whether the Russians were laundry money to the Trump organization. Our predominant concern in my comedians was this president, is this present compromised by a foreign power?


HANNITY: Oh, right. So, if there's no collusion, than his committee is now going to spend -- we've been three years in this. This started in July of 2016. They will just keep investigating Trump until the end of time.

Now, we're going to be investigating what Trump did in nursery school before this is said and done. And you know what, hoping to find anything. Their rage, their hatred is beyond the pale.

This is dangerous to the country, what they have done. This is an abuse of power and it will be exposed.

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina joins us now.

Senator, you have promised I want to go to this Lisa Page -- a lot of credit to Congressman Collins --


HANNITY: -- of Georgia.

GRAHAM: Right.

HANNITY: Last week, got the Ohr testimony. This week, we got the Page. We have all of that, 302s, gang of eight and the FISA warrant themselves.

My question to you is simple. You -- now, do we have to based on what Lisa Page said we now have to go back to Hillary Clinton if, in fact, the DOJ rigged that from the get-go?

GRAHAM: Yes, there's two questions I think the public deserves an answer to. Did they short-circuit the Clinton email investigation because they wanted her to win and they knew that if they charged her, she might lose? Did they start the Russia investigation against Trump as an insurance policy in case he did win? Those are the two questions that I'll try to get you answers to.

HANNITY: Well, it also -- where's Michael Horowitz? Where's John Huber? Because we're also waiting for them.

GRAHAM: Right. There's three people are going to look at this. Horwitz is going to look at the FISA abuse, did the DOJ corruptly get a warrant against an American citizen, Carter Page?

I think they corruptly got a warrant against Carter Page and that should scare every American. You've got the Utah U.S. attorney acting as a quasi- Mueller when it comes to all things DOJ, FBI. I think we need a special counsel to look at the potential crimes by the Department of Justice, the FBI regarding the Clinton email investigation and the Russian investigation against Trump early on.

The point is, the Congress, me, not going to happen in the House, we're going to call them all before the committee. Did they try to invoke the 25th Amendment to take the president down? Did they get a warrant against an American citizen using information they know was flawed? Did they taint the Clinton email investigation because they were afraid that if they indicted her, she would lose an election they wanted her to win?

You're going to get answers to that the best I can give them to you.

HANNITY: Senator, this now is brought to an even higher level what was released yesterday.

GRAHAM: Potentially.

HANNITY: That is right into to the Attorney General Loretta Lynch's office.


HANNITY: Does she -- do we need her texts, her emails? Does she need to be put under oath? And more importantly, what information did she give to the former president of the United States? What did Obama know and when did he know it as to all of this?

GRAHAM: Here's the question I've got. Why would you decide not to charge her before you even talk to her? The point is, it seems to me they were going to make sure he didn't go too far, that the Department of Justice under Loretta Lynch was never going to let this email investigation go too far.

Before they even talked to her, apparently, they decided not to charge her and when they did talk to her, they talk to her without being under oath. They gave a lot of people immunity in the Clinton email investigation for no good reason.

So here's what I think happen. I think the Clinton email investigation was short-circuited because they did not want to compromise her ability to win election. They hated Trump's guts, they started the beginning of the Russia investigation before he won as an insurance policy in case he did win.

HANNITY: Here's another problem. This is why releasing the FISA, 302s, Gang of Eight, I believe -- I mean, I don't know why the president hasn't signed off. I guess that probably will be forthcoming.

GRAHAM: He might.

HANNITY: I hope he does.

But here's the interesting part. In Bruce Ohr's testimony last week, we thought we knew, now we know. Bruce Ohr said he warned everybody --

GRAHAM: Exactly.

HANNITY: -- in August of 2016. Hillary paid for it. It's tainted. Nobody has verified it. Nobody corroborated it.

Christopher Steele hates Donald Trump and has an agenda and the thing is -- Christopher Steele -- if anyone said they verified it, we know it's not true because Steele in an interrogatory in Great Britain, he said he didn't know if it was true himself. So, they couldn't have verified it but they used it for FISA warrants.

GRAHAM: It goes deeper than that. So, Bruce Ohr is telling the head of the investigation, McCabe and others, you can't rely on this dossier because the guy who created it hates Trump. He's got a political agenda, right? So with that knowledge, they asked for a warrant on four different occasions against Carter Page.

And here's what McCabe said. Without the dossier, we would have never gotten a warrant. They show the -- McCabe said it, but it gets worse.

After Trump wins, Comey gives them a copy of the dossier saying, I want you to know this is out there. We can verify any of it, but I just want you to know about it. It's the same document they gave to the court under oath.

HANNITY: Wait, wait, so Comey signed off on the dossier on the warrant in October 2016.

GRAHAM: Exactly.

HANNITY: Before Donald Trump was sworn in in January of 2017. Well, salacious but it's unverified.

James Comey, you have a right to remain silent.

GRAHAM: How could that be? How could you tell the court it's reliable and tell the president, no, we don't know if it's true or not?

HANNITY: Because they were setting him up from --

GRAHAM: Because they were maybe setting him up.

HANNITY: It's true (ph).

All right. Thank you, Senator.

When we come back, we are more breaking news tonight. What Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez did this time. Outrageous. Newt Gingrich will talk about the new radical Democratic Party.

Lara Trump weighs in on Democrats' impeachment obsession.

And later, comrade Bill de Blasio doesn't like me and he said so, and it's about meat also. Reporter Lara Logan straight ahead.


HANNITY: All right. Now, as the new far left, extremist Democratic socialist party continue their rush towards their radical vision for America's future, they're making sure to not let facts get in a way of anything.

Look at this. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez exposed while questioning the Wells Fargo CEO about migrant detention centers. Watch this.


REP. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ, D-N.Y.: Mr. Sloan, why was the bank involved in the caging of children and financing the caging of children to begin with?

TIM SLOAN, WELLS FARGO CEO: I don't know how to answer that question because we weren't.

OCASIO-CORTEZ: So, in fact, you were --

SLOAN: I'm not familiar with the specific assertion that you're making, but we weren't directly involved in that.


HANNITY: In addition to her new open borders agenda, the Green New Deal, no cows, planes, cars, oil or gas, the new face of the left doesn't want you to worry about having to ever work again. I'm not making it up. Take a look.


OCASIO-CORTEZ: We should not be haunted by the specter of being automated out of work. Whether it's a tax rate, whether it's distributing wealth that is created by automation, if we talk -- if we approach solutions to our system and start entertaining ideas like that, then we should be excited about automation because what it could potentially mean is more time educating ourselves, more time creating art, more time investing and investigating in the sciences, more time focused on invention, more time going to space, more time enjoying the world that we live in.


HANNITY: Oh, let me -- don't worry about your job and being automated out of it because it will give you more time to create art.

Here with reaction, the host of "Newt's World" podcast, former speaker of the House, FOX News contributor.

All right. Are you like trying to tickle for my day job and getting to radio? What's a podcast?

NEWT GINGRICH, FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: The podcast is just an effort to put interesting ideas together that part of it.

HANNITY: Is it video or just audio?

GINGRICH: Just audio. Just once a week, 5:00 every Sunday morning. We just released one on Julius Caesar.

I don't think we are a threat to your day job. I wouldn't dream of trying to compete with you in radio. I know how hard you work and how good you are at it.

HANNITY: You filled in on my show in years gone by and you used to host on radio stations in Atlanta all the time.

GINGRICH: And I want to tell everybody who's watching I have tried to do what you do and I admire you and I admire Rush --

HANNITY: Well, thanks.

GINGRICH: -- because you guys spent so many hours preparing, but it's real work.

HANNITY: Everyone that said -- well, everyone has one good talk show in them. What are you going to do on day 500? That's what I say to people.


HANNITY: Let me - so here we have the New Green Deal. No planes, no cars, no oil, no gas. Everything is free. And no cows. That bothers me. And she says - accused the Wells Fargo CEO of caging children or financing it. Don't worry about being automated out of your job. Does that mean we'll have robotic socialists that just utter the same words every day because that's what a lot of Democrats do?

GINGRICH: I've been trying to understand how to put, as a historian, in context what we're watching.

In a normal, healthy society, Alexandria would be seen as this interesting graduate student who had gotten into some college with a good student loan, hung out a lot and smoked a little grass, drank a little beer, had a good time, once read half of a book, knows nothing, and nobody would take her seriously. In a healthy society, she would be a joke. She doesn't know anything. Her views are based on whatever random thought comes in that morning. And her proposals are beyond silly. And she couldn't possibly defend her proposals.

I would love to debate her at any college campus in the country because I don't think she could possibly defend if we're allowed to actually stick to facts. Now, if all we're going to do is scream and set up deeply emotional heartfelt symbolism, she'll be great. But if you're talking about actually running something, getting something done, leading a country, I think she is totally in a different world.

HANNITY: You are a great historian at heart. I had the - I shared history with you. I was emceeing the night you became Speaker at your event. And it was - which was an honor in my life. Socialism has never worked, but you're going to get free college, you're going to get free K through 12, free day care, free health care, but you can't buy your own insurance. No more oil and gas. Everything is going to be great. Free retirement, whether you're willing or unwilling to work. It's all - it offers to take away all fears of people. As a historian, has it worked out well because this has been tried before?

GINGRICH: I think it might be useful to take up a fund to ask AOC if she'd be willing to go to Venezuela, go to Zimbabwe, visit with people who used to live in the Soviet Union, go down and try to find a modern car in Cuba. I mean, these are people who operate out of an emotion-led kind of self- righteous passion with no knowledge. The fact is, not only does socialism not work, socialism leads you to a dictatorship and leads you to powerful people like Maduro stealing from the people. I mean, look what's happening in Venezuela. And people like AOC--


GINGRICH: --have no answer. None. You say to her - in fact, they believe in mythology. They think, for example, Cuba is just wonderful paradise except, of course, most Cubans can't afford to buy a car and the only cars available were made before 1958.

HANNITY: Mr. Speaker, I view it as serious. You've got 2020 candidates supporting it. You've got about 100 people in Washington, in Congress supporting it. That's a high number considering the magnitude of stupidity that is involved in this and destroying the single greatest wealth creating system that's ever been devised by man.

GINGRICH: I think the great responsibility the conservatives have is to so decisively communicate these falsehoods that by the election of 2020, it is impossible to compete as a socialist. That's our responsibility. That's our challenge. We know they are nuts. Our job is to prove it to the country.

HANNITY: By the way, just for the record, we don't know if AOC ever smoked weed although a lot of liberals now who care about late-term abortion, during-birth abortion, even after-birth abortion, and yes, they want to legalize weed. Lot of liberals do. I don't think it's a good idea.

Mr. Speaker, good to see you. Appreciate it.

All right. The ladies of The View had some unkind words about the first lady again, Melania Trump. Lara Trump is here to respond. Later, big new update on the celebrity college admission scandal. Sara Carter, Lara Logan will be here. Straight ahead.


HANNITY: All right. Tonight Speaker Pelosi losing control of her caucus, as the fine Democrats like Congresswoman Tlaib, Al Green say they won't let Pelosi stand in the way of their impeachment fantasies. Nothing new, of course, from the Democrats. They have been shouting this for over two straight years with their friends in the media. Take a look.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I rise today, Mr. Speaker, to call for the impeachment of the President of the United States of America.

REP. MAXINE WATERS, D-CALIF.: Trump would like to redefine the law the way that he wants to redefine it, but he's wrong. And yes, I believe that he should be impeached. I really do believe that.

REP. TED DEUTCH, D-FLA: We have learned that there is now evidence that the President of the United States engaged in a felony to obtain the Office of President.

The Constitution could not be any clearer. Impeachment is the appropriate remedy for bribery, for treason, for high crimes and misdemeanors.

REP. RASHIDA TLAIB, D-MICH.: When your son looks at you and says, "Mama, look, you won, Bullies don't win." And I said, "Baby, they don't because we're going to go in there and we're going to impeach--"


TLAIB: Every single colleague of mine agrees there is impeachable offenses.


HANNITY: Here with reaction, senior advisor for the Trump 2020 re-elect, Lara Trump, is with us. Lara, good to see you. How are you?

LARA TRUMP, SENIOR ADVISOR FOR TRUMP 2020: Hey, Sean, it's great to be with you. I'm great.

HANNITY: It never ends. It's non-stop. We now know that the Trump-Russia investigation began in July of 2016 by the same people that put the fix in for Hillary. Then you move - we see that the phony dossier that was never verified because it never could be, used against your father-in-law. Then we see the non-stop attacks on your family. Then it's now talks of impeachment, forgetting the record that economically we're breaking record after record. It's got to get tiresome, I believe, for the family at some point.

TRUMP: Well, it gets tiresome, but I always say that at the end of the day, the President, all of us, the campaign will be vindicated. The truth comes out at the end. And I think that Democrats right now are showing how scared they are with the fact that the Mueller report is probably going to be released soon because they are frantic to find something else to throw at the President, to throw at anybody close to him. That's why he saw those 81 subpoenas last week. So ridiculous.

And just - I mean - people should be shocked and appalled by this in our country. This is not how it's supposed to work. Just because you're still upset over an election that happened two-and-a-half years ago, you should not be allowed to try and ruin people's lives like this. But again, we all have full confidence that at the end of the day, the right thing happens because we know the President, the campaign, nobody has done anything wrong here.

HANNITY: Let's look at this new Democratic Party and this wild swing to the left, this New Green Deal, for example, which would destroy the greatest wealth-creating system ever, and on top of that, of course, eliminate planes and cows and cars and automobiles and the way we know them, the combustion engine. No oil and gas. They are serious. And--

TRUMP: And Sean, it will only cost every family in this country $600,000 apiece to do this. It sounds like a deal, right? $93 trillion is the price tag on this. It's crazy. And I don't think people can seriously get behind this stuff. But I kind of wonder who gave the Democrats the shovel and told them to start digging because this stuff, I think, to the average American seems so crazy and so out of touch with anything day-to-day that they care about.

You know what they care about? Keeping this country safe, making sure that they can send their kids to a good school one day, making sure that they have enough money to pay for their mortgages or rents. That's what people in this country care about. Guess who's delivering on those things for them? President Donald Trump.

HANNITY: Well, what about the family? Another attack. The ladies of The View against the first lady?

TRUMP: They can't help themselves.

HANNITY: But if a - if a Republican, a conservative ever attacks a woman the way they have attacked you, Ivanka, Melania, and everybody else, even Barron, a young kid, it would never be tolerated. But this happens with regularity.


HANNITY: And I know the President said today that here we have a first lady that would rival Jackie O, sticking up for his wife, which was the right thing to do. And I've met, no brilliant, smart, fun, incredible women.

TRUMP: Melania never gets enough credit for anything she does. And by the way, Sean, I thought that this attack today, this ridiculous narrative that The View was trying to spin was actually one of the more egregious that they've done because you look at the reason that the President and first lady were in Alabama, they were there to visit with people who in some cases had lost all of their family members, devastating impact by this tornado, the series of tornadoes down in Alabama.

And actually, the President and first lady talked about it on Friday with me. They told me some stories that they will never forget, how they met people who impacted their lives forever. They were down there mourning. And here you have The View trying to say that Melania has a body double. Are you serious? This is how low they've gotten. They will literally look for anything. But of course, as always, she carries herself with grace and dignity, and they will continue to go down the gutter.

HANNITY: All right. Lara Trump, it was great to see you, and congrats on your little guy, he's getting big.

TRUMP: Thank you. Thank you so much.

HANNITY: All right. When we come back, Trace Gallagher breaking news out about the college admission scam. Also, former 60 Minutes contributor Lara Logan and investigative reporter Sara Carter will react. And our Villain of the Day today, I'm even going to tell you who it is. Comrade Bill de Blasio, the Mayor of New York, attacking me. And I'll tell you why. Coming up.


HANNITY: All right. It's (ph) now live from Los Angeles and our L.A. newsroom with the very latest on this nationwide college admission scamming scandal, Fox News Correspondent Trace Gallagher.


TRACE GALLAGHER, CORRESPONDENT: Sean, late today, a federal judge here in Los Angeles agreed to release actors Lori Loughlin on a $1 million bond. She and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli are charged with paying $500,000 to have their two daughters recruited for the University of Southern California crew team despite neither girl knowing how to row.

And now USC says all applicants connected to this cheating scheme will be denied, and those already in school will be reviewed, meaning Loughlin's 19-year-old daughter, Olivia Jade, a YouTube star, could be kicked out of USC.

Meantime, records for the charity of Rick Singer, he is the ringleader of the scam, show payments of $338,000 to the NYU athletic department, $546,000 to the University of Texas athletic department, and $100,000 to Princeville Enterprise. That's a mysterious business that happens to share the same address as UCLA's former soccer coach.

So far, this pay to not-play scheme has resulted in coaches being fired or suspended at USC, Stanford, Wake Forest, University of Texas, Georgetown, Yale, and UCLA among others. Those who allegedly cheated to inflate SAT and ACT scores are also being rounded up.


HANNITY: Unbelievable. All right. Thank you so much, Trace Gallagher.

Joining us now with reaction, journalist, former 60 Minutes Correspondent Lara Logan, Fox News contributor Sara Carter.

I just happen to be at an age where I have young kids. And my daughter has been recruited by a lot of people. And all of her friends, they're all going to get - they're all recruited. All of my son's friends are all recruited. Since the time they are eight, they've traveled the country and the world, and then you take a picture of your kid and put it on an athlete when the kid has never played the sport or the whole test a scandal.

Lara, your thoughts. Lara.

LARA LOGAN, FORMER 60 MINUTES CORRESPONDENT: Sean, when I look at this breaking news like that, I obviously approach it as a journalist. That's my first thought, is - what do we know for sure? And then I start to ask questions just instinctively. And one of my first questions is about the role of the charity in this.

That is particularly interesting to me because it's something that I've seen come up in other stories and in other scandals. Right? This is a very - this is a very well used method of hiding illicit money if you like or at least disguising money, as using a charity to funnel money through a charity. So that's very interesting to me. That aspect of this is particularly interesting.

And then, of course, I really wonder - as a journalist, my other question is how big is this? What is the breadth of it? Who are the other people in the colleges that knew about this? And how far does this extend?

And then, unfortunately, the next question for me is - I know the law enforcement has indicated that many of the kids didn't know what their parents were doing. But what about the ones who did? What about the ones who were given more time to take a test when they didn't have a learning disability? What about the ones who were given the answers to an SAT test or who knew that someone else was taking the test for them?

If those things did actually happen, which the FBI has said they did, then it really raises the question as to whether or not those children will be charged because there are other college students who've been charged with other crimes in the past. And once they sign those forms as an adult when they're over 18, there is a question of responsibility and consequences there.


SARA CARTER, CONTRIBUTOR: That's absolutely true. I couldn't agree with Lara more. I mean, all of her questions are right on the mark. I think another issue here is that, as a parent too, Sean, these parents absolutely did no favors to their children. I mean, what they did was just set them up for failure. It also told them that they weren't worth it, that they - working hard wasn't necessary, that they weren't good enough to actually make it.

And I think there's enormous frustration around the country with people looking at this and saying, wow, we work so hard and here it was, it was completely rigged, it was rigged for people who had the money, who had the access. And like Lara said, I wonder how many more of these establishments, like William Singer has, are around the country.

HANNITY: Well, let me ask you this. Let me ask you both. What about legacy? If--

CARTER: Right.

HANNITY: --mom and dad and grandma and grandpa, if they all gave enough money, they get in before other kids all the time.

CARTER: That's absolutely true.

LOGAN: Yes. Well - and not just legacy but also politics. Right? I mean, there are certain people who were so famous politically that their children walk into any college that they want them to get into and don't get there on their own merits. So this is - this is part of a much bigger system of privilege and favor that has been - there's college kids all over this country listening to this story and they're going like, yes, right, like everybody knows this. Right?




LOGAN: This has been going on for so long.

HANNITY: Yes. That--


CARTER: Yes. And I don't think we're going to able - yes. And I don't think we're going to be able to fix everything, right, because that exists, it's part of the human makeup. We know things like this happen. We know things like legacies happen or people get in because their families have a particular name or particular status. But I think what's so significant here is what the FBI did. The FBI is holding these people accountable for wire fraud, mail fraud.

HANNITY: You either have the grades and you could pass, and you've worked hard academically or work hard and you enrich the school with some athletic ability or you don't, I mean, if either - you'll find out in two seconds if the kid played the sport or if the kid is smart enough to be there. It's not - I don't know - it's interesting.

All right. Thank you all.

When we come back, New York City Mayor, Comrade Bill de Blasio, taking a shot at me. It's all about what he calls Meatless Mondays and the Meatless Monday initiative. We'll tell you next.


HANNITY: All right. Our Villain of the Day is again New York City Mayor Comrade Bill de Blasio.

Last night, we told you that Blasio announced Meatless Mondays for all public schools at New York, done in part to help global warming. Apparently it struck a nerve.

He tweeted, "You know how I know that Meatless Mondays is a good idea? Because our students love it and Sean Hannity hates it." Now it's time for your view or comments. But the poor kids, they're going to be eating tofu on Mondays.

Ed writes us, "The left believes they can control everything. It's just so stupid. It's hilarious."

And someone, Sean, "This is socialism. The government telling you what to do."

That's right.

All right. We'll never be the hate-Trump media mob ever, ever. Let not your heart be troubled because the news continues and there she is, Laura Ingraham standing by.

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