Say What is the segment of Liberty Nation Radio where we unveil some of the most wacky, astonishing and damnable things uttered by politicians and the chattering class. Here is the latest episode:
Tim Donner: When the FBI raided the office, home, and hotel room of one of Donald Trump’s lawyers and fixers, Michael Cohen, little did we know that one of the people who’d be caught up in the dragnet would be Sean Hannity. The Fox News host was named as one of Cohen’s clients in a court hearing, and was immediately and widely attacked by leftist so-called journalists who were aghast that Hannity, about the most transparent supporter of President Trump in the entire media, had not revealed that he was a “client” of Michael Cohen when he opined on his show about the raid on Cohen.
Hannity said he’s a friend of Cohen, but has never been a client of his, and said that this attack is typical of the hypocritical leftist establishment media.Sean Hannity
Sean Hannity: I’m not surprised that the media is going after me. It’s predictable, it’s pathetic, and here’s the truth, the media is guilty of every single solitary thing they have been accusing me of over the last 24 hours. And they sure as heck don’t wanna talk about, or care about transparency. Take a look at ABC News, George Stephanopoulus, the journalist that secured the first interview with disgraced former FBI director James Comey. Now did George Stephanopoulus even disclose the fact that during the interview that he worked on Bill Clinton’s ’92 presidential campaign, and was a communications director, and then served in the Clinton White House as a senior advisor? Or how about the fact that George donated 75 grand to the Clinton Foundation? And all of it explains why Stephanopoulus put on the kid gloves and didn’t ask James Comey the tough questions. Now one thing is just a fact, I am honest about who I am, and what my political beliefs are.
Tim Donner: …Unlike so many in the elite leftist media who hide their bias. In addition to Stephanopoulus, here’s just a couple more examples. How many viewers know that CBS News President David Rhodes is the brother of Ben Rhodes, a high ranking advisor to President Barack Obama? What about the fact that the 15 year-old son of Jeff Zucker, President of CNN was hired by left wing senator Cory Booker as a “millennial advisor” to Booker’s internet startup company, and granted substantial stock options, before the conflict was so obvious that the son was forced to resign in 2013?
The list goes on and on. But suffice it to say, that the naked hypocrisy of the establishment media has rarely been more on display than during their sanctimonious beat down on Sean Hannity.
Meanwhile, it’s safe to say that one James Comey dramatically overestimated the reservoir of respect and love for him among the American people. This is a guy who infuriated the right by overstepping his bounds as FBI Director, and making a decision by himself not to indict Hilary Clinton. Then he made himself an enemy of the left by essentially re-opening the Clinton email investigation just 11 days before the election. And then infuriated the right again with revelations that he had authorized an application for a FISA warrant to surveil the Trump Campaign without revealing that it was based on an unverified opposition research dossier, funded by the Clinton campaign. Not to mention his constant posturing, grandstanding, and falsehoods in his statements to congressional committees.
In a much publicized interview on ABC with George Stephanopoulus, one statement in particular stood out, and it revolved around politics, something that’s supposed to be ignored by the FBI director. As Comey was asked about his decision to reveal that the FBI was examining new emails discovered on the laptop of Anthony Wiener in the days leading up to the 2016 election, long-time Clinton operative Lanny Davis dressed him down over that:
George Stephanopoulus: At some level wasn’t the decision to reveal influenced by your assumption that Hilary Clinton was going to win?James Comey
James Comey: It must’ve been. I don’t remember consciously thinking about that, but it must’ve been. ‘Cause I was operating in a world where Hilary Clinton was gonna beat Donald Trump.
Lanny Davis: Only a narcissist who thinks he’s above everybody and he gets to decide what to do would answer that way, and it’s disgusting that we have an FBI director who puts himself above the law, above the attorney general and the president. He gets to decide what’s best for the country, that he didn’t want Hilary Clinton to be elected without writing a speculative letter that six days later turned out to be about nothing.
Tim Donner: Lanny Davis has written a book entitled ‘The Unmaking of the President’ in which he offers exhaustive and compelling evidence that support for Hillary collapsed after Comey’s October surprise, and cost her the election.
But the problems for James Comey were hardly limited to the left, when he continued his book tour on the ABC daytime chat up show, The View, he was greeted by this question, and from the show’s token republican Megan McCain.
Megan McCain: I think it’s worth noting, that David Axelrod, a big democrat, as a former chief strategist to President Obama, said, “I have no doubt about his brilliance when it comes to book sales. Maybe he should’ve called it ‘Higher Royalties’.” What do you say to people like him, and people like me that think you’re just doing this for money and attention? I think that maybe J. Edgar Hoover is rolling over in his grave at saying the types of things you’re saying, and revealing the types of things you’re revealing.
Tim Donner: But wait, that’s not all. When Comey was speaking at a book signing in New York, he was interrupted by a hostile question from a conservative activist, Laura Loomer, before she was shouted down.
Laura Loomer: Hey Mister Comey, hey, how is it ethical to brief the President of the United States on an unverifiable and salacious dossier, and how is it ethical leadership to not tell him that his political opposition, Hilary Clinton paid for that? You didn’t disclose that information. Why didn’t you disclose to President Trump that his opposition paid for the material? You are not an ethical leader.
Security guard: Ma’am you’re gonna have to leave. You gotta leave.
Tim Donner: So that woman was kicked out of the room. But James Comey will doubtless continue to desperately seek attention, and the unkindest cut of all is that he will soon discover that no one is any longer paying attention.
Meanwhile, the debate rages about the firing of James Comey, which triggered the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. On CNN, two famous liberal lawyers went head to head. Alan Dershowitz pointed to history in shooting down the notion that President Trump obstructed justice when he fired Comey, and was challenged by Jeffrey Toobin.
Alan Dershowitz: The president does have the authority, over a unitary executive theory, to tell his attorney general, “I want you to investigate this, but not that.” Thomas Jefferson said, “I want you to put Aaron Burr in jail,” Franklin to Eleanor Roosevelt said, “I want you to put the Nazi saboteurs in the electric chair.” That’s not okay. But it’s not illegal today under the law.
Jeffrey Toobin: But if the President fires the FBI Director to stop him from investigating the president himself, that is a corrupt motive, that is the definition of obstruction of justice.
Alan Dershowitz: You never can have a crime where the intent is the whole thing, you have to have an illegal act. And you can’t have an illegal act when the president acts within his constitutional authority. It would undercut the power of the president to start questioning why he pardoned, why he fired. Once he did it, and it’s within his authority, you can’t question him. Just like you can’t question a senator for his vote on the senate floor, and you can’t question a judge for their vote in the Supreme Court.
Tim Donner: In the end, you need to remember that no actual crime has to be committed for the House of Representatives to introduce articles of impeachment, only what the House considers an impeachable offense, which is of course a purely speculative subjective judgment. But to impeach Trump, the democrats would of course have to cash in on the alleged blue wave that the media keeps reporting on, and pick up 24 seats in the House to gain the majority. Of course, impeachment has been in the air for some time on the left, like since the day after Trump was elected. But perhaps they’ll be ramping down their rhetoric about it just a touch as the midterm elections beckon in about six and-a-half months…evidenced by one of the most virulent anti-Trump leftists in the senate, New Jersey’s Cory Booker, saying he and his colleagues will take it slow on talk of impeachment.Cory Booker
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ): I think that we undermine our position as democrats if we are reaching out now for impeachment, which is just going to whip up more of the political divisions, the political debates. And I know I’ll take criticism for that, but that’s okay. We need to have sober minds, fact-based conclusions.
Tim Donner: Did you hear that? Booker says he’ll be criticized for saying we should have sober minds and fact-based conclusions. More evidence that the left will do just what Special Counsel Robert Muller is doing, targeting the man, and then finding the crime, a modus operandi ordinarily associated not with a constitutional republic, but rather a police state. And after months and months of investigation, three separate investigations, or is it four? Can’t remember now, there’s been zero evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia, and if there was, you can be sure we’d know about it by now, because it certainly would have been leaked. Everything is leaked these days.
Barbara Bush died this week, she was the wife of more than 70 years to the 41st president, George H.W. Bush, and mother to the 43rd president, a grand dame of the highest order. And that led to Bush 43, George W. Bush making a rare appearance on TV on Fox Business. And his most notable remark other than paying tribute to his mother, was a stark one about 9/11.
George W. Bush: People are forgetting the lessons of 9/11, and one of the major lessons of 9/11 is the human condition elsewhere matters to our national security. It’s in our nation’s interest for women to be successful in the middle east, for example. Or for civil society to take hold, because it’s with civil society, and people having a say in the future of their governments that the foundation for peace is laid.George W. Bush
Tim Donner: I’m guess that means that for what’s it’s worth, George W. Bush is still a big supporter of nation building, which was unfortunately a disaster in Iraq. But there were many Republicans and conservatives who still yearn for the days of George W. Bush, and his father, and Ronald Reagan I guess, and despise President Trump, even though he is a Republican and has advanced an unmistakably conservative agenda. And CNN, the most virulently anti-Trump channel on your TV has cornered the market on these never Trump Republicans. They love calling them Republicans, and trotting them out as if they’re representative of the mass of Republican voters. Here is quote, conservative, from S.E. Cupp, attacking Trump of criticizing UN ambassador Nikki Haley, after she announced missile strikes on Syria before the decision was apparently final, and taking up the rhetoric of the left on her CNN show.
S.E. Cupp: Nikki Haley is not here for your sexism, White House. Now I’m not prone to cry sexism, I don’t do it often or lightly, but there’s no other word to describe the way President Trump and his advisors have treated a woman who is arguably his strongest, most competent, and effective cabinet official. U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley was not only hung out to dry by the Trump Administration, she was then dismissed, and head patted by and old boys’ club advisor, who thought he could. And it was shameful.
Tim Donner: Again, that is not a leftist, but a self-proclaimed conservative, S.E. Cupp on CNN. As the dwindling ranks of never Trump Republicans carry on their beat down on Trump with impunity believing there will be no price to pay among the grassroots and party faithful in the years ahead. But when you’re a conservative or Republican who detests a Republican president, take note George Will and Bill Crystal, and S.E. Cupp, and your fellow never Trump travelers, there will be no place to run, and no place to hide.