Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday evening equated President-elect Joe Biden with congratulatory calls from world leaders after his election victory to former national security adviser Michael Flynn discussing sanctions with Russian leaders during the Trump transition.
In recent days, Republicans and Trump allies have challenged Biden’s address to foreign leaders after his victory over President Donald Trump last week. Specifically, they raged against Obama’s former deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, claiming that the president-elect “already had phone calls” with the leaders to discuss “the agenda they will pursue. In the Biden administration.
“The hypocrisy, the double standards, the lies are again fully exposed tonight because, understand it, Obama’s failed adviser Ben Rhodes revealing this week that Joe Biden is already speaking to foreign leaders like the French president Macron, “Hannity grumbled Wednesday night. “And, wait a minute, Michael Flynn had what was a usual call with the Russian ambassador, soon to be his counterpart, in 2016.”
“He was the new national security adviser, and all we heard about in the fake news, the fraudulent media mob, was that it could be a violation of Logan law,” the host continued. Fox. “And by the way, it was a 1799 law that was never used successfully to prosecute anyone.
The Logan Act was passed in 1799 for the purpose of preventing unauthorized American citizens from negotiating with foreign governments over disputes with the United States. Although breaking the law is a felony, only two people have been charged and none have been convicted.
From there, Hannity released a clip of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) grilling former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe over Rhodes’ comments during a Senate hearing this week. Cruz insisted that Biden was not breaking the Logan Law with his appeals, calling the law “unconstitutional” and claiming that McCabe only allowed its use with Flynn “in connection with political persecution.”
“Ask yourself why is this always a rule for Democrats, one for all of us?” Hannity is fuming. “The Clintons, the mob, the Deep State, they all have a pass. What’s the point of having laws if Democrats can choose which ones apply to whom? “
Hannity, who also serves as Trump’s informal adviser, then turned to pro-Trump representatives Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) for their reaction. Both Republican lawmakers called Biden a hypocrite and accused him of conspiring with other Obama officials to use the Logan Act to “politically persecute” Flynn, who had been sacked by President Barack Obama for years. before.
Flynn ultimately pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during conversations he had with then Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak during the Trump transition. In the calls, which were echoed as part of a counterintelligence investigation, the two discussed sanctions imposed by the Obama administration. In his early days as a national security adviser, Flynn misled FBI investigators about the nature of these calls, leading him to advise Russia to avoid retaliatory measures. Trump later fired Flynn for lying about the calls.
Despite his guilty plea, the Justice Department ultimately decided to drop the charges against Trump’s ally in May of this year, saying “continued prosecution in this case would not serve the interests of justice.” . The move came after the judge in the case told Flynn in 2018: “You sold your country.”
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