Sean Hannity delivered a monologue on the Monday night edition of his FOX News show Hannity in response to the indictment of Paul Manafort and George Papadopoulos.
Welcome to "Hannity." This is a Fox News alert. This may be one of the most important monologues I will ever give on this show.
Tonight we have a major crisis in this country. Does America have equal justice under the law? It appears tonight the answer is no. Because from everything we now know there is one justice system for the Clintons, the left, liberals and all their cronies and another one for everyone else in America. And tonight on this show, with the result of the indictment of Paul Manafort and his associate, we will show you right here how there is zero evidence of Trump/Russia collusion.
Zero evidence of campaign collusion. And in spite of all of that, the media has been lying to you all day and all weekend long. What we have is incontrovertible evidence. We will lay it all out tonight that Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, and others sold out America's national security interests. Yet, only now in the last two weeks are we beginning the process of investigating.
We have evidence, including an FBI informant, documents, emails, tapes, all showing that in 2009, our government, including then-Attorney General Eric Holder, the FBI director at the time Robert Mueller and then District Attorney Rod Rosenstein they all knew that Russia and Vladimir Putin were trying to corner the uranium market right here in America. There's also a strong belief that President Barack Obama knew all about Putin and his crimes in this country as he probably saw it in his presidential daily briefing. This is news, information and truth.
I promise you can't get anywhere else in the media. And that is tonight's ever important breaking news opening monologue.
All right, let's start at the beginning. It was announced today that Paul Manafort, well, something that was pretty much expected after his home was raided by the FBI, was indicted today. It's a 31-page indictment. It discussed charges -- and we'll put it up on the side of the screen for you. Money laundering, failing to register as foreign agent, tax crimes.
But interestingly, because this is a special counsel that was supposed to investigate Trump, Russia collusion, this indictment has nothing -- let me repeat, nothing -- to do with Trump-Russia collusion, zip, zero, nada. The most spectacular finding within the Manafort indictment is this: In regards to the financial issues, the last year of any financial transaction was 2014. The years they were looking at was between 2008 and 2014. And as far as we know, Trump wasn't even thinking of running for president in 2014. So, in other words, nothing of the Paul Manafort indictment had anything to do with the Trump campaign or Donald Trump.
Is this all Mueller has? Because, if it is, it's pathetic. Another day, another example after a year of speculation, no evidence of any collusion between President Trump and Russia.
Now, you've heard the saying, we've all heard it, you can indict a ham sandwich. Well, grand juries are convened. Guess what? In case you don't know, only the prosecution gets to present evidence. The defense gets zero opportunity whatsoever to present their case. The legal standard before a grand jury is much lower. They must be convinced probable cause, OK, but in a court of law. The criminal standard is a jury of your peers beyond a reasonable doubt, a massive distinction.
And it's important to point out that this grand jury was impaneled in Washington, D.C. Let's see, one of the most liberal cities in America where over 90 percent of the people there voted for Hillary Clinton. Mr. Mueller, do you think that's fair?
Now, here's what Paul Manafort's attorney said earlier today, for the first time they speak out. Listen.
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KEVIN DOWNING, PAUL MANAFORT'S ATTORNEY: ... that President Donald Trump was correct. There is no evidence that Mr. Manafort or the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government.
Today, you see an indictment brought by an office of special counsel that is using a very novel theory to prosecute Mr. Manafort regarding a FARA filing. The United States government has only used that offense six times since 1966 and only resulted in one conviction.
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HANNITY: Six times since 1966, one conviction. So like every American, Paul Manafort, he deserves what we all deserve, the presumption of innocence. However, he is being tried tonight and convicted in the court of public opinion by what is an abusively biased Trump hating media.
Also, as part of the news that came out today, George Papadopoulos, he admitted, OK, he lied to the FBI. I think he is 29 years old. Now, I knew everybody in the Trump campaign. I never heard about Papadopoulos until today. And I think I knew everybody. Now, the White House says he was a volunteer, and it seems that Papadopoulos, on his own, was trying to create an anti-Clinton Russian dossier like the Fusion GPS Hillary DNC President Obama-funded dossier and he wasn't successful.
So now that we have no Trump collusion, here's what we do have tonight. This is what the media will ignore. This is what matters. These are the facts. This is where the evidence comes in. What did President Clinton or President Clinton want-to-be, President Obama, and key members of the administration, what did they know about the Uranium One scandal?
Now, we're learning about how the Obama administration officials, they knew in 2009 that Vladimir Putin was using bribes, extortion, kickbacks, money laundering, and racketeering all within this country, spies within this country, nothing was done to stop it. We have incontrovertible evidence that all involved tried to cover this up. They put a gag order on the one FBI informant that knew everything to prevent the truth from getting out. Now it's getting out.
We have incontrovertible evidence that the Clintons benefited in a massive, huge, financial way because of this corrupt Uranium One deal. We know Bill Clinton doubled his speaking fees in Moscow while giving a speech to a bank that interestingly enough, had a financial interest in Uranium One. Bill Clinton also tried to get State Department permission, his wife's State Department, to meet with Russian nuclear officials during the time of the Uranium One deal and he eventually ended up sitting down with Vladimir Putin himself.
And as the author Peter Schweizer writes about in his best-selling book, "Clinton Cash," the Clinton Foundation got $145 million in kickbacks from people that directly benefited from that deal. We have incontrovertible evidence that Putin and his spies and his thugs were actually successful because he eventually got 20 percent of America's uranium, the foundational material for nuclear weapons.
This is beyond insanity and it's inexcusable. Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, the Obama administration, allowed your national security to be compromised in what is an unprecedented way and few in the media will touch this story. Major crimes were committed. They knew about it. They did nothing before the deal.
Now, here's a simple question. We have to ask it. Why on earth would President Obama or Hillary or Eric Holder ever sign off on giving Russia, a known enemy, Putin, a bad actor, 20 percent control of our uranium? What did America get? What did Obama get from this Uranium One deal? It never made sense.
Now, we also have incontrovertible evidence that the Clinton campaign and the DNC, they paid Fusion GPS over $9 million --although nobody knows anything -- and they hired a former British intelligence agent who then used current and former Russian government sources to produce this phony, fake, salacious news dossier that was full of lies, disinformation and propaganda against Donald Trump.
In other words, Clinton and the DNC funded the money to spread Russian lies and influence the election. They did it all because it is the very thing they are now accusing President Trump and his campaign of doing, they did it themselves.
And we just found out this weekend, this new report from the Federalist, the headline, "Obama's campaign paid $972,000 to the law firm that secretly paid Fusion GPS in 2016." Wow! The same firm that the Clinton campaign, the DNC used to pay Fusion GPS to create the fake news propaganda, anti-Trump dossier that they then regurgitated all over TV.
Now, we also have Robert Mueller and his band of big Democratic donors that work for him now, supposedly investigating Trump-Russia collusion. And as I predicted right here on this show, there is still no evidence that's this ever happened. None.
Now former, current, and top Democrats have all said the same thing. Smoke, but no fire. Smoke, but no fire. Watch this.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE, "FACE THE NATION"/CBS, MAY 7: Have you seen anything that suggests any collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign?
SEN. JOE MANCHIN, D-W.VA.: Well, there is an awful lot of smoke there let's put it that way, people that might have said they were involved. To what extent they were involved. To what extent the President might have known about these people or whatever, there is nothing there from that standpoint that we have seen directly linking our president to any of that.
WOLF BLITZER, CNN, MAY 18: The last time we spoke, Senator, I asked you if you had actually seen evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians and you said to me, and I'm quoting you now. You said, "not at this time." Has anything changed since we spoke last?
SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN, D-CALIF.: Well, not -- no, it hasn't.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE, MSNBC, MAY 18: I know we need to go soon but just to be clear, there has been no actual evidence yet.
REP. MAXINE WATERS, D-CALIF.: No, it has not been. No, it has not been.
JAMES CLAPPER, FORMER DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, "MEET THE PRESS"/MAY 28: By the time I left, I did not see any smoking gun certitude evidence of collusion.
JAKE TAPPER, CNN, JUNE 4: Is there any evidence of collusion that you have seen yet? Is there?
SEN. MARK WARNER, D-VA.: There is a lot of smoke. We have no smoking gun at this point.
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HANNITY: No smoking gun. Tonight still no smoking gun. And your lying media in this country would have all of you believe the indictment of Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates has everything to do with Trump-Russia collusion. It has nothing to do with it. Here's the truth. Nothing. Now, none of that is related to President Trump. None of it. Zero is related to his campaign. And the vast majority of these allegations all happen before Paul Manafort ever worked for the Trump campaign.
And also tonight, the issue of Robert Mueller attempting to change the narrative to distract from the real Russia collusion and massive cover-ups. Don't think this is a coincidence. Last week right here on this program, we had stunning revelation after revelation day after day about Hillary Clinton, Uranium One, the fake news dossier and that special counsel Mueller is clearly complicit in the Uranium One scandal. Remember, he was the FBI director. The FBI informant had all the evidence of bribes and kickbacks and money laundering and he did nothing. So now they need to change the narrative after a very bad week and distract the country from their evidence and their involvement in possible collusion.
And, by the way, Mr. Mueller, who leaked the indictments to fake news CNN? Was it you? Now, I can confirm exclusively here tonight on "Hannity," Friday night, all day Saturday, Manafort's team did not know this was coming. So somebody disclosed this information. That is a crime, Mr. Mueller. You should know this. And by the way, anybody from the grand jury, it's a simple crime. Who did it? Did anyone, Mr. Mueller, in your office do it?
Now, while liberals in the media are hysterical, absolutely beside themselves with giddiness, thinking this is the big smoking gun about Paul Manafort, there is another major shoe dropping in these major Democratic scandals.
Now, we first reported on Tony Podesta over a week ago on October the 24. He is the brother of former Clinton campaign manager John Podesta. And according to Politico, Tony Podesta is now stepping down from his lobbying group because he is being investigated by the special counsel. And as we have now been reporting, the probe into Tony Podesta and his lobbying group came about after Mueller started looking into Manafort's finances. NBC News even pointed out that Podestas group worked on Manafort on a public relations campaign called European Center for a modern Ukraine.
And NBC News even adds that Mueller could be looking into whether Podesta and his company violated what's known as FARA, the Foreign Agent's Registration Act. And Politico is reporting that both Tony and, yes, John Podesta, Hillary's campaign manager, and even Sid vicious Blumenthal, they were all conveniently together this weekend at Hillary Clinton's birthday party in Washington. Hmm. I wonder what everybody talked about.
And after new revelations that the Clinton campaign and the DNC paid almost $10 million to help spread Russia anti-Trump lies and propaganda, well now even Senator Susan Collins is saying that John Podesta and disgraced former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, they need to re-testify before Congress about the phony Clinton-Russian lying dossier that was meant to influence the American people on the eve of an election.
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SEN. SUSAN COLLINS, R-MAINE: They absolutely need to be recalled. It's difficult to imagine that a campaign chairman, that the head of the DNC would not know of an expenditure of this magnitude and significance. But, perhaps there's something more going on here. But, certainly, it's worth additional questioning of those two witnesses.
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HANNITY: And you need to know there is no chance that over $10 million goes out the door to pay for this lying dossier and nobody knows about it. If you listen to the Clinton people, the DNC people, "I don't know, I don't know, I don't know." Nobody knows. Ten million dollars out the door. And guess what? They're all lying because they all used the same attorney and the same law firm.
Take a look how congressman and former prosecutor Trey Gowdy is now properly interpreting what Clinton and the DNC and now Obama did in paying for this dossier. This is interesting.
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REP. TREY GOWDY, R-S.C.: I'm not an election law expert, Chris, but the good news is, you don't have to be to understand the absurdity of believing that can you launder all of your campaign money by just hiring a law firm. I mean, imagine if you and I were running for Congress and we just hired a law firm and said, "Hey, did you go do all the op, you go buy all the television, you go buy all the bumper stickers, you go hire all the experts and we're going to launder all of this through a law firm." I can't think of anything that defeats the purpose of transparency laws more than that.
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HANNITY: This is not hyperbole. I am not overstating the case. We are at a major crisis point in America tonight. Do we have equal justice under the law in this country today? If you or I, if anybody in this room with me now or watching TV with you, if we ever did anything close to what the Clintons, the DNC, and others did, we would be rotting in a jail cell tonight hoping our friends would send us a cake that had a file.
The only difference between Trump-Russia collusion is that we have the evidence and after a year of black helicopter conspiracy theories, they have none. And just like we have the evidence when it comes to Clinton and her email server scandal. Why hasn't she been charged?
Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett, who will join us tonight, has helped us put together a list of all the laws broken in all of these scandals. Take a look at the side of your screen. These are the laws that were potentially broken all by the Clinton campaign and the DNC in the fake news dossier scandal. Of course, they use Russian sources, bought and paid for by Hillary, the DNC and Obama to smear Trump and influence the election with Russian lies.
Then there's the massive Uranium One scandal that Congress rightly is now investigating. We do need a special prosecutor.
Finally, you have --look right there -- federal statutes involving crimes like bribery and mail fraud and wire fraud and racketeering. And as we have been saying, all of this is beyond serious. It compromised our national security and people should be put behind bars.
There is also the Clinton email server scandal. I haven't forgotten. Truth matters. The law matters. Equal justice matters. Now, remember, she had secret, top secret, special access program, classified information on a server stored in the bathroom of a mom and pop shop.
Her team also deleted it over 33,000 subpoenaed emails using Bleach Bit and acid wash, smashing blackberries and other devices with a hammer, removing the sim cards before giving the mobile devices to the FBI. That's called obstruction of justice. That's a felony.
And just to recap, since it's so vitally important, probably the biggest scandal of all is Bill and Hillary Clinton selling out America's national security to Putin and the Russians and, guess what? The FBI had the information before they made the deal.
And the FBI director's name at that time was Robert Mueller. And Eric Holder was the attorney general at the time who oversaw the FBI. They had to know. And, yet, a year later, when even though they had evidence of bribery and collusion and money laundering and all these crimes, they ignored the evidence, and Eric Holder and Clinton signed off on the single -- beyond the Uranium deal -- dumbest national security decision ever.
Rod Rosenstein, he oversaw the investigation. Remember, he is the guy that appointed Mueller on a local level while he was serving as the U.S. attorney from Maryland. He appointed Mueller to be the special counsel here.
This is beyond incestuous. What about investigating their roles in Russia? Hillary Clinton's State Department. Eric Holder signed off on the deal a year later, knowing that Putin, what his intentions were to corner the uranium market. Bill Clinton makes a fortune. Doubles his speaking fees. Paid with a check from a bank that has financial interest in Uranium One. He tried to get his wife meetings with Russian nuclear officials for him but he met with Putin instead. That was in 2009. Then in 2010, Putin gets everything he wants, in spite of all the evidence of his spies, his agents committing crimes in this country.
And as we mentioned earlier, between Fusion GPS, between Uranium One, we have evidence of real Russian collusion. America tonight is at a crisis point. Will we have equal justice under the law or will America just be a Banana Republic, corrupt at its core? That is what is at stake tonight. And that is what the corrupt media will never tell you because the media is part of the corruption that is the sewer, that is the swamp, that is Washington, D.C.
So, tonight, America has a choice. We can have equal justice for everyone or we can live in a country where if you have the right politics, you stand for the right left wing positions, you can sell out your country and you can get away with it.
Guess what? This program is dedicated to the truth. We will get to the bough bottom of all of this.