Since Donald Trump assumed the office of president, many of the individuals that have either been close to him, worked on his previous campaign, or involved in his administration, have found themselves in situations that were clearly their worst nightmares. Perhaps most notable has been the indictment and battle with Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, who’s involvement in the Trump campaign trail ultimately led the special counsel to discovering his shady and illicit attempts to evade taxes and launder money paid to him by a foreign entity. As Manafort has become a focal point of news media, with his ongoing, yet futile, attempts to prove that he is above the law, with the most recent example being that of the allegations of witness tampering against him, it is clear that special counsel Robert Mueller is refusing to let any questionable activity slide.
Among members of Trump’s closer companions and supporters, those holding positions in mainstream media have been loud and hostile against not only Trump opponents, but more specifically with the “witch hunt” that is Mueller’s Russia probe. Given their positions in the media, and ability to influence the general public in a moments notice, President Trump has clearly been using these connections to his advantage, even if it means to detriment the same people supporting him. The latest example of this can be seen in Fox News host Sean Hannity, who has echoed the words of the president on numerous issues, ranging from immigration reform, healthcare, and even down to the Mueller investigation.
However, Hannity may have very clearly overstepped what he believes to be his rights as a journalist, as a recent broadcast of his show has him calling for some questionable actions to be taken by those targeted by the Mueller probe. When talking specifically about the special counsel’s investigation, and attempting to yet again discredit it in front of his audience, Hannity took things too far by detailing how to get rid of evidence before a potential witness is called upon by Mueller. According to a Newsweek article quoting Hannity’s show on Wednesday night, the Fox News host directed potential witnesses to:
‘Delete all your emails, and then acid wash the emails and hard drives on your phones, then take your phones and bash them with a hammer into little itsy bitsy pieces, use BleachBit, remove the sim cards, and then take the pieces and hand it over to Robert Mueller and say “Hillary Rodham Clinton, this is equal justice under the law.”‘
Sean Hannity should be indicted for instructing witnesses to destroy material evidence. No one is above the law. Especially not Putin’s president or this unhinged bozo. #FireHannity pic.twitter.com/Yhz6KFPkVx
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) June 7, 2018
One of your disgruntled employees, Sean Hannity, is advising witnesses in a criminal investigation to destroy evidence.
Tampering with evidence and obstructing justice are crimes.
Is your network ok with one of its anchors encouraging witnesses to break the law?
— Ryan Knight 🇺🇸 (@ProudResister) June 7, 2018
The final phrase at the end of Hannity’s ill-advised statement was in reference to former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s handling of the Benghazi email conundrum, as many allege the the former Secretary of State used such methods in order to keep Congress and federal investigators from being able to attain some vital emails to the case.
Last night Sean Hannity officially broke federal law, 18 U.S. Code § 1519, when he directed witnesses to destroy evidence in the Mueller probe.
This is the definition of "conspiracy to commit witness / evidence tampering", and can result in imprisonment for up to 20 years.
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) June 7, 2018
Sean Hannity Calamity spent his entire trash dump of a show tonight talking about how witnesses can and should destroy evidence along with how to do it. I’m looking forward to the FBI raiding his home as well.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) June 7, 2018
Now, as a result of such statements made, Hannity may very well be facing criminal charges of witness tampering and obstruction of justice in a federal investigation, due to the widespread influence and directive action claims that he made during his opening monologue.
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