Conservative talk show host Mark Levin late Monday accused Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHeller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 MORE of colluding with Russian officials, arguing she "paid for a warrant" to surveil a Trump campaign associate during the 2016 election.
"Hillary Clinton paid for a warrant. That's the easiest way we can put it," Levin told Fox's Sean Hannity on his primetime program. "Hillary Clinton colluded with the Russians. But it appears the FBI at the senior-most levels colluded with the Russians too. Whether it was witting or unwitting it doesn't matter. That's a fact."
"The American people have been subjected to a massive propaganda and misinformation campaign by the Clinton campaign, by the Obama administration."
The perspective comes after the House Intelligence Committee in an unprecedented move last Friday released a previously classified memo that alleges abuse of government surveillance powers by the Justice Department in obtaining warrants to monitor Carter Page.
Levin, a former chief of staff to attorney general Edwin Meese during the Reagan administration, also argued late Monday in favor of another special counsel and a special commission, adding that Democrats and "the left-wing Praetorian Guard Democrat media" are trying to protect Clinton, former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTop nuclear policy appointee removed from Pentagon post: report Prosecutors face legal challenges over obstruction charge in Capitol riot cases Biden makes early gains eroding Trump's environmental legacy MORE, former Acting Attorney General Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesSally Yates: I never thought that I'd be saying, 'Yeah, go Liz Cheney' ABC lands first one-on-one TV interview with Garland since confirmation Appointing a credible, non-partisan Jan. 6 commission should not be difficult MORE and former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGiuliani told investigators it was OK to 'throw a fake' during campaign DOJ watchdog unable to determine if FBI fed Giuliani information ahead of 2016 election Biden sister has book deal, set to publish in April MORE among others.
"Who are they trying to protect? Hillary Clinton. Who else are they trying to protect? Barack Obama," Levin said. "His name never comes up. So let me help everybody with this. Loretta Lynch knew about these [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] FISA warrants. [Sally] Yates, the deputy attorney general, the extensions Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWashington still needs more transparency House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week MORE, now the deputy attorney general. He knew. FBI Director Comey, Deputy Director [Andrew] McCabe, [Peter] Strzok, the head of counterintelligence, [Lisa] Page, his girlfriend. Who else would known about these FISA applications and warrants?"
"Well, let me tell you a little secret: These are counterintelligence efforts. You have to assume the National Security Council and the White House knew. Why would the FBI, Justice Department, keep that from the national security director in the White House? Why would they keep it from the deputy director in the White House?"
Many Democrats lawmakers have largely dismissed the GOP memo, calling it a partisan attempt by House Intelligence Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesLIVE COVERAGE: Ways and Means begins Day 2 on .5T package Biden faces unfinished mission of evacuating Americans Nunes sues MSNBC, alleging Rachel Maddow defamed him MORE (R-Calif.) to distract from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians during the 2016 campaign.
Many Republicans say the FBI abused its power to obtain a FISA warrant to surveil Carter Page — no relation to the FBI lawyer Lisa Page Levin mentioned — for political purposes.
Levin will launch his own Sunday night Fox News program, "Life, Liberty and Levin," later this month.