By Harriet Sinclair Newsweek April 12, 2018
President Donald Trump promoted a Sean Hannity show on Fox News that compared Special Counsel Robert Mueller to a mob boss and featured lawyer Joe diGenova calling for the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to be fired.
Hannity’s show featured a “Mueller crime family” chart that suggested the special counsel heading the Russia probe was working with the “deep state” to bring down the president.
The Fox News presenter referred to Mueller as a mob boss after sharing a preview of former FBI director James Comey’s interview with CNN, in which host George Stephanopoulos asks Comey “how strange is it for you to sit here and compare the president to a mob boss?”
The promo for Comey’s interview appeared to leave Hannity enraged, as he questioned why the former FBI chief would describe the president as a “mob boss,” calling the comparison as “outrageous.”
“If he’s going to use this sweeping analogy, I’ve decided tonight we’re going to use—the ‘Comey standard’ I call it—and make some comparisons of our own,” he said, kicking off his mob boss section with what he described as “The Clinton crime family.”
As well as outlining previous allegations of sexual misconduct and rape against Bill Clinton, Hannity said “Hillary Clinton—we know she committed crime,” referencing the investigation into her use of a private email server despite the FBI finding no evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
Moving on to the “Mueller crime family,” Hannity described the ongoing investigation as a witch hunt, using language the president has previously touted to describe the Russia probe, also accusing Mueller’s office of “looking the other way” during his time as a federal prosecutor in Boston.
Joining Hannity on the show, former federal prosecutor Joe diGenova slammed Comey and Mueller, also suggesting Attorney General Jeff Sessions should fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein over the raid on Trump’s lawyer.
“Rod Rosenstein is so incompetent, compromised and conflicted that he can no longer serve as the deputy attorney general,” diGenova said.
It is the second day in a row that Hannity has slammed Mueller, referring to a “deep state” plan to dismantle the presidency, following the April 9 raid on Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen by the FBI, a move that has reportedly left the president fuming.
Hannity’s comments came as part of Wednesday’s push back against Mueller from Trump allies, including former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.
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