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“THAT’S ALL I’VE GOT TO SAY”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 25, 2019) — During the third quarter of “Hannity” on Monday night, in an impassioned but brief monologue about the outcome of the Mueller Russia “collusion” investigation, guest and radio host Mark Levin called out former officials at the FBI, the Justice Department, and other areas of the executive branch for what he described as a plot to paint the 2016 Republican presidential candidate a conspirator with the Russian government.
The cabal’s goal, Levin said, was to assist Democrat Hillary Clinton to win the election.
Levin did not omit the head of the executive branch in 2016, but rather, named “Barack Obama” specifically as being culpable in building the false narrative that Donald Trump worked with the Russian government to tip the election in his favor.
At approximately 9:44 PM EDT, Levin exclaimed, “Barack Obama’s government did this!”
As with the show’s earlier guests on Monday and Hannity’s own comments, Levin excoriated the mainstream media for its dishonesty and perpetuation of the “collusion” theory against Trump over the last 2+ years.
On Friday night, Fox News’s Catherine Herridge held up hard-copy text messages exchanged between former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and his counsel, Lisa Page, insulting Trump and then-House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, whose committee was investigating the claims of Russia “collusion” and concomitantly, the conduct of FBI and DOJ officials prior to the 2016 election.
Herridge additionally reported that the two referenced a Justice Department official who would likely have been close to Obama as having been contacted about an apparent plan they were discussing.
McCabe, Page and another key operative in both the Hillary Clinton private server investigation, FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok, all insisted in a combination of private and public testimony that no political considerations affected their performance in either the Clinton or Trump-Russia probe.
All three worked on both investigations, although Page and Strzok were later removed when the DOJ Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, discovered politically-charged text messages which not only Horowitz, but also Mueller, considered prejudicial.
Last August Strzok was fired three months after Page resigned. McCabe, on the verge of collecting a lifetime pension and benefits, was fired in mid-March last year and referred to the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Columbia for possible criminal investigation.
The Clinton investigation, which then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch instructed then-FBI Director James Comey to term “a matter,” resulted in Clinton’s exoneration as to criminal charges for disseminating classified information over a private, unauthorized server while she was Obama’s secretary of state.
Clinton and her associates were found to have destroyed devices and approximately 33,000 of Clinton’s emails which she termed “personal,” although the FBI, under Comey, declined to refer her to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution.
Strzok and others assisted Comey in crafting an exoneration letter months before Clinton was interviewed in early July 2016. On July 5, 2016, Comey gave an unprecedented solo press conference in which he enumerated a litany of transgressions on Clinton’s part yet said that “no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”
Hannity opined that Comey, who later leaked memos documenting his interactions with Trump to “a friend” to leak to The New York Times in the hope of spurring a special counsel investigation, should now be the subject of a criminal probe.
Mueller was hired just days after Trump fired Comey in May 2017, tasked with discovering the extent to which Russia interfered in the 2016 election and any “collusion” between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
On Friday night, it was announced that Mueller’s final report was delivered to the Justice Department, now headed by William P. Barr, and that no additional indictments would be issued. While almost three dozen indictments were issued between February 2018 and January of this year, the majority were against Russian individuals and entities, most of whom will not face trial in the U.S.
Americans indicted as a result of the probe were charged mainly with “process crimes,” including lying to the FBI, although former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is now serving a 7 1/2-year prison sentence for unrelated tax-evasion and lobbying convictions.
Mueller’s report was summarized in a four-page letter Barr sent to the chairman and ranking members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on Sunday. In his summary, Barr wrote that Mueller found no evidence of “collusion” between the Trump campaign and the Russian government and that Mueller chose to report no finding on the ancillary question of “obstruction of justice” on Trump’s part for firing Comey and perhaps other decisions.
In a lengthy, delayed and emotional opening monologue, Hannity vowed to hold accountable all media figures who perpetrated the “collusion” hoax for at least the last two years. In addition to Comey, he said he believes Strzok should face criminal investigation.
After several minutes, Levin ended his commentary with, “That’s all I’ve got to say.”