CLAIMS “FALSE ALLEGATIONS” MADE ABOUT “COLLUSION”
by Sharon Rondeau
(May 30, 2018) — On Wednesday night’s “Hannity,” host Sean Hannity asked former U.S. attorney Joseph DiGenova to comment on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s recusal from the “Russia” investigation now led by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III since May of last year.
On Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted that he “wished” he had chosen a different attorney general, not for the first time.
DiGenova replied that Sessions did not need to recuse himself since at the time, the investigation consisted only of a “counterintelligence” probe and not a criminal investigation, which might have required recusal.
As he has before, Fox News Legal Analyst Gregg Jarrett said that he believes Sessions misread the statute upon which he relied to recuse himself or received bad advice.
Hannity began his questioning of DiGenova, who responded first, by stating that he has long respected Sessions and is at a loss as to why he crippled the Trump Justice Department by his recusal, handing all Russia matters to Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein.
Rosenstein then hired former FBI Director Mueller, who many Republicans believe is compromised and whose past includes wrongly-accused defendants spending decades in prison, with two dying there; a Navy veteran spending four years in prison on a perjured FBI affidavit; and overseeing the elimination of all terms in FBI and military training materials found to be “offensive” to certain Islamic groups.
DiGenova said that “false allegations” were perpetrated to “plant intelligence overseas with Americans” who then “fed it back,” eventually generating surveillance warrants against former campaign adviser Carter Page. DiGenova referred by name to former Cambridge University professor Stefan Halper, who was reported as a “top-secret intelligence source” by The Washington Post several weeks ago and is now said to be the “informant” who reportedly contacted Page, Trump campaign co-chairman Sam Clovis, and 27-year-old George Papadopoulos, perhaps on pretexts.
Hannity asked both guests about two media interviews for which House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy sat between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. During both, Gowdy, who is not seeking re-election, said he believes the FBI handled the “information” they allegedly received about possible collusion with Russia by Trump campaign members properly.
To that, DiGenova said, “Don’t even bring up Trey Gowdy” or a similar statement with obvious disgust.
Gowdy interviewed on CBS and Fox News, respectively, claiming that the FBI “did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do.” Following the interviews, Gowdy was roundly praised by Democrats and major media.
Later former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was Hannity’s guest, where he maintained that the Mueller investigation should end. As one of Trump’s current attorneys, Giuliani said he “will not allow” his client to interview with Mueller, an idea floated for months, until he receives more information about the alleged “spy” interacting with members of his campaign.
The mainstream media has characterized Trump’s claim of a “spy” as “unsubstantiated” or “without evidence,” but The Post and The New York Times have both reported that the FBI used an “informant” to gather information from Trump campaign aides.
CNN has argued that the informant was not “planted” inside the campaign, as some have suggested.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.