President Donald Trump promoted an appearance by Fox News host Sean Hannity on “Fox & Friends” where Hannity declared there was “never was any Trump-Russia collusion.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 19, 2018
Hannity claimed — without proof — that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe would be prosecuted for unspecified crimes:
If I had to expect, you’re going to see criminal charges against Andrew McCabe. I would also argue that it’s going to go a lot deeper… We do have, sadly, at the upper levels of the FBI and Department of Justice, serious issues, crimes, that really need to be investigated, not the least of which (involve former FBI Director James Comey).
Hannity also pushed a conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton supposedly colluding with Russia during the 2016 campaign.
This claim was first made by Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California, and was fact checked as false by The Washington Post in February:
Finally, there is no evidence that Clinton was involved in Steele’s reports or worked with Russian entities to feed information to Steele. That’s where Nunes’s claim goes off the rails — and why he earns Four Pinocchios.
Hannity also attacked Comey for not prosecuting Clinton over missing emails from her personal server, which was not a crime:
The only way that I can characterize this — it is the biggest abuse of power in the history of this country. For James Comey, when you have so many crimes that Hillary committed…
If you were trying to prevent congressional oversight and you broke the law and you put a server that we now know was hacked by at least five or six outside foreign entities.
The FBI said in 2016 that Clinton’s server was not hacked, noted The Washington Post:
The FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server found no evidence that her communications were hacked while she was secretary of state, but it made clear that “hostile actors” here and abroad could have done so.
Despite his false claims, Hannity continued on his rant:
If you put it outside of where it’s supposed to be, mishandle it with classified, top secret and special access program information, those emails get subpoenaed. You don’t have the right to delete 33,000 of them at that point. And if you did, you’d be arrested.
Hannity failed to provide any evidence that Clinton personally deleted 33,000 emails or ordered the emails to be deleted.
Hannity also reversed his long-held position that Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be removed, keeping himself in line with Trump’s current position. Hannity has called for Mueller’s removal many times, as recently as March 12.