Sean Hannity unloaded a scathing critique of the “despicable” and “disgusting” treatment of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
The Fox News host advised Flynn to withdraw his guilty plea and “fight” back against what he called a “perjury trap” set by Robert Mueller, former FBI director James Comey and former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe.
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Hannity reacted to reports Thursday that Flynn had abruptly fired the Covington & Burling law firm that arranged his plea deal in 2017 after cooperating with former special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation. The Bronze Star Medal recipient with a more-than three-decade career in the U.S. Army has reportedly hired new legal representation as he awaits sentencing after pleading guilty for lying about his contact with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016.
Flynn’s move was “a sign the retired war hero is preparing to withdraw his guilty plea” which “was the result of a perjury trap,” Hannity contended during his monologue on Fox News’ “Hannity” Thursday as he targeted Comey.
“James Comey bragged about how he would do something he’d never do in the Obama administration or the Bush administration. And he’s boasting about setting up a man who served this country for 33 years and put his life on the line in wartime,” Hannity said. “He said, we took full advantage of the chaos. We told them not to get a lawyer. They had already illegally unmasked him and illegally leaked raw intelligence. They knew what was said in the conversation. They set a perjury trap from the get-go.”
Comey admitted to MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace that he sent FBI agents to an unprepared White House during an interview last December.
“Something I probably wouldn’t have done or maybe gotten away with, in a more organized investigation, a more organized administration in the George W. Bush administration for example or the Obama administration,” Comey said. “In both those administrations, there was a process. And so if the FBI wanted to send agents into the White House itself to interview a senior official you would work through the White House counsel and there would be discussions and approvals and who would be there. And I thought it’s early enough, let’s just send a couple of guys over.”
Hannity slammed the fired FBI chief as a “jackass.”
“So you told him not to get a lawyer. Then you set him up. Then you brag about setting him up… What a jackass! Who treats a 33-year veteran like this? That’s how we treat American heroes, we set them up we tell them not to have lawyers … We pretty much say it’s not an investigation and brag about it?” Hannity exclaimed.
He noted how Mueller “turned the screws” on Flynn who failed “to perfectly recount the details of a years-old phone call” and his life has “been in ruins” ever since.
“Finances wrecked and home sold because of legal fees and facing jail time for lying to investigators who didn’t think he was lying,” Hannity said, noting that both McCabe and Comey testified that Flynn “did not appear to be lying.”
The Fox News host offered a final piece of advice to Flynn in his fiery monologue, slamming the deep state’s set-up of an American hero.
“My advice to General Flynn is this: Get your new lawyers, move forward with your legal team. Withdraw that plea and fight this in court. You do not deserve the setup that was Comey and McCabe. That is a national, despicable, disgusting disgrace what they did to him,” Hannity exclaimed.
“No collusion, no conspiracy from Trump or anyone on his campaign. An American’s hero’s reputation should not be destroyed by people with power bragging about abusing that power on tape!” he added. “It’s a disgusting display of abuse of power.”
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