Trump Promotes Conspiratorial ‘Hannity’ Episode Calling Mueller Part of ‘Deep State Crime Families’

Minutes before Sean Hannity went live Wednesday evening on Fox News, President Trump tweeted that there would be a “big show tonight,” imploring followers to tune in. As it turns out, that show featured Hannity outlining—with the help of a conspiratorial board—the “criminal” connections of Bill and Hillary Clinton, special counsel Robert Mueller, and former FBI Director James Comey. Throughout the lengthy, rambling monologue, Hannity accused Mueller of prosecutorial impropriety—from “looking the other way” as a federal prosecutor in Boston at gangster James “Whitey” Bulger’s crimes to prosecuting the wrong man for a post-9/11 anthrax attack. Along the way, Hannity made mention of Democratic donors, connections to the Clinton family, and FBI agents who texted anti-Trump messages after the election. Ultimately, Hannity concluded, there are three connected “Deep State crime families” actively “trying to take down the president.” While the Fox News host has accused the special counsel of criminal activity in the past, Hannity’s use of a specific “crime family” analogy Wednesday evening was a direct response to Comey reportedly telling ABC News that President Trump acts like a “mob boss.” Following the conclusion of his show, Hannity fired back at his critics on Twitter: “Fake news please Follow the bouncing ball, I said THIS IS THE COMEY STANDARD. I am sure you are upset at the former FBI directors comments comparing a sitting President to the mob.”