Hannity goes off against accusations of impeachment ties, warns critics ‘better stop lying’

Sean Hannity continued to unload on being linked by Congressional witnesses in the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry to government discussions.

The Fox News host “very strongly” advised that everyone had “better stop lying” about him during Thursday’s “Hannity,” following the previous broadcasts this week in which he denied being involved and called out the media’s “breaking fake news” about him.

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Hannity’s rebuke came after a top diplomat claimed in his testimony that a State Department lawyer asked the Fox News host to stop criticizing former US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitich.

In his impeachment testimony which was released Thursday, George Kent, the State Department’s deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs, confirmed the testimony of the then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine that Hannity was contacted to stop his on-air attacks against her.

Hannity suggested on Thursday that Kent “will owe me an apology” since he mentioned “yours truly” during his impeachment testimony.

“He also testified I was talking about the former Ambassador of Ukraine,” he said. “I’m going to spell it out for all of you one more time, I suggest you read my Twitter account. I don’t know anything about that lady. I have no idea how to pronounce her last name.”

Hannity posted a series of tweets just ahead of his show airing, asserting that he had “never even heard the names” being mentioned.

 

“I never talked to Secretary Pompeo or anybody at the State Department about her or anything else,” Hannity continued on his show. “I don’t know anything about her. I would advise you all very strongly, I’m saying this in a nice way. All of you had better stop lying about me, you now have been told the truth again. Stop lying.”

“In fact according to our own research, [Yovanovitch] was mentioned in passing four times on this show,” the Fox News host added.

According to his testimony, Kent answered, “Yes” when asked if he knew about anyone from the State Department reaching out to Hannity earlier this year about Yovanovitch, who was ousted in May.

“I believe, to the best of my recollection, the counselor for the department, Ulrich Brechbuhl, reached out and suggested to Mr.Hannity that if there was no proof of the allegations, that he should stop covering them?” the diplomat said.

Hannity followed his remarks on Thursday by playing a clip of columnist John Solomon’s interview with former Ukraine prosecutor general Yuriy Lutsenko, which Kent had claimed: “was, if not entirely made up of full cloth, it was primarily non-truths and non-sequiturs.”

“To the media mob and those testifying, if you want to lash out at anyone,” Hannity concluded, “you might want to lash out at that guy, that prosecutor guy in the video that John Solomon was interviewing.”

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