Fox News host Sean Hannity slammed acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney after a head-spinning press conference.
Hannity called him out as “dumb” and “idiotic” during Premiere Radio Networks’ “The Sean Hannity Show” on Thursday, blasting Mulvaney for seeming to admit to a quid pro quo in President Trump’s call with the Ukraine president.
(Source: Media Matters)
“What is Mulvaney even talking about? I just think he’s dumb, I really do. I don’t even think he knows what he’s talking about. That’s my take on it,” Hannity said.
Mulvaney attempted to put out the fire after what seemed like a disastrous press conference Thursday in which he appeared to contradict Trump’s claim that there was no “quid pro quo” in his July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
1/ I just watched the *amazing* Mulvaney press conference. It was an extraordinarily weak and damning performance. I think he set out to deny a quid pro quo w Ukraine but he tied himself in knots and strongly suggested there was one. But that was not the only problem.
— Jack Goldsmith (@jacklgoldsmith) October 17, 2019
“Did [Trump] also mention to me in the past that the corruption related to the DNC server? Absolutely, no question about that. But that was it. That’s why we held up the money,” Mulvaney told reporters.
“The look back to what happened in 2016 certainly was part of the things that he was worried about in corruption with that nation. And that is absolutely appropriate,” he added.
Some striking comments from GOP Rep. @FrancisRooney, who just gaggled w/ reporters.
Says he was “shocked” by Mulvaney’s admission of a quid pro quo & says it could be a turning point in the Ukraine saga.
Also says it can’t be walked back, saying it’s “not an-etch a-sketch.”
— Melanie Zanona (@MZanona) October 18, 2019
After telling reporters at the White House Thursday that military aid to Ukraine was linked to demands for an investigation of alleged corruption in the 2016 presidential election campaign, Mulvaney walked back his words and accused the media of “misconstruing” his remarks.
“Let me be clear, there was absolutely no quid pro quo between Ukrainian military aid and any investigation into the 2016 election,” Mulvaney said in a statement. “The president never told me to withhold any money until the Ukrainians did anything related to the server.”
Mulvaney statement cleaning up his briefing comments: “Let me be clear, there was absolutely no quid pro quo between Ukrainian military aid and any investigation into the 2016 election.” pic.twitter.com/iMNZ0DuH6X
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 17, 2019
A senior Justice Department official threw cold water on Mulvaney’s comments at the briefing earlier.
“If the White House was withholding aid in regards to the cooperation with any investigation at the Department of Justice, that is news to us,” the official said.
During his radio show, Hannity hammered Mulvaney as he argued that the transcript of Trump’s call with the Ukrainian president exonerates him. The call sparked a whistleblower complaint against the president for requesting the assistance of Ukraine in investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and the business dealings of his son, Hunter Biden.
The whistleblower complaint triggered an impeachment inquiry by House Democrats that the president has continued to bash as a “witch hunt.”
“I guess the truth is complicated,” Hannity said.
“This is why, I think, some of these people are so stupid. Read the transcript,” he added. “We don’t need a non-whistleblower whistleblower. You don’t need a chief of staff’s idiotic interpretation of things when the president and the president of Ukraine and everybody else can read it all themselves. That’s what’s amazing.”
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