During Thursday’s broadcast of “Hannity” on Fox News, host Sean Hannity declared that the “witch hunt” against President Donald Trump led by special counsel Robert Mueller regarding alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election is “over” following the release of a revealing memo available only to lawmakers that reportedly details surveillance abuses by the U.S. government.
“I have a message tonight for the special counsel, Robert Mueller,” Hannity said during his opening monologue. “Your witch hunt is now over. Time to close the doors.”
Hannity cited sources who claim that the alleged abuses outlined in the memo, which were committed under the controversial FISA program, are “far bigger” than Watergate, the scandal that toppled former President Richard Nixon.
“Our sources are telling us that the abuse of power is far bigger than Watergate,” Hannity said. “Remember, Watergate was a third-rate break-in. What we’re talking about tonight is the systematic abuse of power, the weaponizing of those powerful tools of intelligence and the shredding of our Fourth Amendment constitutional rights.”
Hannity and other Trump supporters have long contended that the Obama administration used FISA warrants to spy on the Trump campaign and the Trump transition team. Former members of the Obama administration have denied the accusations.
“This is far worse than Watergate,” Hannity said. “This is an abuse of surveillance and intelligence to win an election. It is a massive abuse of power, and it was all done by just a few people who think and thought they knew better than you about who should be the president of the United States. It is the biggest national scandal by far in our lifetime.”
Hannity called for the immediate “disbanding” of Muellers investigative team.
“The special counsel, Robert Mueller, and his band of Democratic witch hunters never should have been appointed and they need to be disbanded immediately,” Hannity said.
Earlier Thursday, several Republican lawmakers told Fox News that the alleged abuses detailed in the memo are “shocking.”
“It’s troubling. It is shocking,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, R.-N.C. “Part of me wishes that I didn’t read it because I don’t want to believe that those kinds of things could be happening in this country that I call home and love so much.”