A “HISTORIC CON JOB”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Sep. 7, 2017) — On Wednesday’s edition of the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” show, host Sean Hannity spoke for the second time in just over a week with Rep. Dana Rohrabacher about Rohrabacher’s in-person interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange last month.
The first topic of conversation was the issuance of a subpoena by the U.S. House Intelligence Committee to the Justice Department and FBI for documentation surrounding the “Trump Dossier,” a compilation of unsubstantiated “memos” about Donald Trump authored by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele.
Steele was reportedly working for a Democrat opposition-research firm, Fusion GPS, in producing the dossier, which was published by Buzzfeed News on January 10 to much fanfare and has prompted at least one defamation lawsuit in Great Britain against which Steele is now defending himself.
Hannity asked Rohrabacher why the FBI has not already turned over the committee’s requested documentation, to which the congressman responded that the eight-year term of Barack Hussein Obama and “liberal, left Democrats” resulted in a highly-politicized FBI with lower “quality” and “standards.”
“How horrible is that?” Rohrabacher asked rhetorically.
Hannity then brought up Assange, stating that he himself had interviewed the controversial open-government publisher “five times.”
On August 16, Rohrabacher met with Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where Assange took refuge five years ago to avoid possible extradition to the U.S. “He told you he has incontrovertible, irrefutable evidence that, in fact, shows Russia was not involved,” Hannity began, speaking of the claims made by private contractor Crowdstrike and several agencies of the U.S. intelligence community that emails acquired by WikiLeaks published in July 2016 from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) server were procured by Russian-government “hackers.”
As in his first appearance on “Hannity” on the matter on August 31, Rohrabacher responded that he believes Assange’s claim that the DNC-damaging emails did not come from a “state party.”
“That’s correct,” Rohrabacher responded to Hannity’s statement. “When we realize that that’s the case, that Russia was not involved in hacking or stealing those emails from the Democratic National Committee and having them disclosed, once you know the Russians weren’t involved, then we have to understand that this massive propaganda campaign, this historic con job that happened after the election to prevent our president from exercising the powers granted him by the voters, this is one of the great crimes, political crimes, against the American people in our history [sic].”
[Video posted by James Cooper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru_2aLFTo6c]
“When this man says, ‘I have hard evidence’…you look at the evidence,” Rohrabacher added of Assange. “I will say, when he shows us the hard evidence and we have proof [Hannity overtalked]…it wasn’t the Russians.”
In his first interview with Rohrabacher, Hannity invoked the name, without expounding, of internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, who claims to have proof that a murdered DNC staffer, Seth Rich, was the source of the DNC emails to WikiLeaks.
On July 20, 2016, Rich was shot twice in the back near his Washington, DC home in what DC Metro Police have called “a botched robbery.” Both his surviving family members and many others have questioned that narrative when Rich’s valuables remained on his person when the attackers fled.
An aggregate of more than $300,000 has been offered from a number of sources, including WikiLeaks, for information leading to the apprehension of the perpetrators, but no one has stepped forward.
When Hannity began investigating Dotcom’s claim in May, the mainstream media pointedly ridiculed him as a “conspiracy theorist,” with some going so far as to attempt to convince his advertisers to withdraw their support of his television show.
While Hannity had told his television audience following the uproar that out of deference to the Rich family, he would refrain from invoking their deceased relative’s name on air, he suggested on Twitter that his investigation would continue. He did not mention Rich in either of his television interviews with Rohrabacher.
NSA data-collection “architect” William Binney, who is now retired, has said that the claim that Russia breached the DNC server is “an outright lie.”