Fox News host and conservative political commentator Sean Hannity called out asking individuals to “stop lying” after being associated time and again by congressional witnesses to government talks in the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry.
The host, during his Tuesday show “Hannity,” showed a montage depicting the “media mob” that showed Yovanovitch’s testimony regarding him and blasted the allegations against him as being false.
“In reality, despite the obsessive, fake news reporting by the media mob, I don’t know anything about this woman,” Hannity asserted. “Her name was barely mentioned but a few times on this program just in passing, basically. And to this day I haven’t talked to anyone from Ukraine that I knew was from Ukraine. Nobody. Ever. I certainly was not lobbying for her removal.”
Hannity then lambasted MSNBC’s national-affairs analyst John Heilemann for claiming on the montage that Yovanovitch was basically prescribed with the idea that “the state media’s out to get you.”
“He really is a dumb [expletive],” Hannity fumed. “I never talked to the Secretary of State or anybody else from the State Department. All of what you saw, oh, shouldn’t be surprising. Let’s see, a hoax? More fake news, more conspiracy theories? None of that happened.”
The Fox News host continued his barrage while repeatedly denying about being involved with Yovanovitch on his Thursday show, calling out a key diplomat for testifying that a State Department attorney had asked him to cease condemning Yovanovitch.
“He also testified I was talking about the former Ambassador of Ukraine,” Hannity said, urging State Department deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs George Kent to apologize to him. “I’m going to spell it out for all of you one more time, I suggest you read my Twitter account. I don’t know anything about that lady. I have no idea how to pronounce her last name.”
Kent, according to his testimony, when asked, admitted to knowing individuals from the State Department reaching out to Hannity earlier this year regarding Yovanovitch, who was fired in May.
But the Fox host dismissed all accusations regarding him being associated with Yovanovitch.
“I never talked to Secretary Pompeo or anybody at the State Department about her or anything else,” Hannity fumed on his show. “I don’t know anything about her. I would advise you all very strongly, I’m saying this in a nice way. All of you had better stop lying about me, you now have been told the truth again. Stop lying.”
“In fact, according to our own research, [Yovanovitch] was mentioned in passing four times on this show,” Hannity pointed out on his Thursday show.
“To the media mob and those testifying, if you want to lash out at anyone, you might want to lash out at that guy, that prosecutor guy in the video that John Solomon was interviewing,” Hannity remarked.
Hannity’s remarks come following a clip of columnist John Solomon interviewing Ukraine prosecutor general Yuriy Lutsenko, where Kent had asserted that Lutsenko’s claims were “primarily non-truths and non-sequiturs,” “if not entirely made up of full cloth.”