Hannity: Mueller can't 'honestly investigate scandals' that Comey, Rosenstein are 'directly involved in'

Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday called for a second special counsel to "investigate the investigators," adding that Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE could not "honestly investigate scandals that his friends are directly involved in."

"Robert Mueller, interestingly, is best friends with James ComeyJames Brien ComeyMueller could turn easy Trump answers into difficult situation Comey invites House Republicans to hold public hearing after news of possible subpoena GOP chairman plans to subpoena Comey, Lynch to testify before next Congress MORE. And he's buddies with Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinMueller could turn easy Trump answers into difficult situation Attorneys want Supreme Court to determine legality of Whitaker as acting AG Top Dems: DOJ position on Whitaker appointment 'fatally flawed' MORE," Hannity said on his program, referring to the former FBI director and deputy attorney general, respectively.

Hannity, a staunch supporter of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichelle Obama says not always easy to live up to "we go high" Georgia certifies elections results in bitterly fought governor's race Trump defends border deployment amid fresh scrutiny MORE, added that Mueller "cannot be expected to honestly investigate scandals that his friends are directly involved in." 

"Comey is at the very center as it relates to the Clinton e-mail fix. Rigging the investigation. And Comey said the Clinton dossier was salacious and unverified," the host continued.

"He said that in January 2017 to then-President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower. But months before, in October 2016, he was using that same dossier, the one he said in January of 2017 is unverified and salacious, to get the warrant to spy on Trump associate Carter Page and hence, the Trump campaign. And then Rod Rosenstein, like Comey, he signed off on one or more of these FISA renewal applications," he added.

"It is one massive, huge, deep-state conflict of interest after another. Now they're protecting themselves. They're trying to preserve their own power," Hannity alleged.

"We cannot allow this to happen if we want law and order to reign in this country. If we want to be a constitutional republic, we got to investigate the investigators. We've got to literally drain the swamp and the sewer," he concluded.

The commentary comes after two top House Republican leaders, Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseMcCarthy, other Republicans back Ratcliffe to be next attorney general Rep. Mike Johnson wins race for RSC chairman Election Countdown: Florida Senate race heads to hand recount | Dem flips Maine House seat | New 2020 trend - the 'friend-raiser' | Ad war intensifies in Mississippi runoff | Blue wave batters California GOP MORE (R-La.) and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyTrump heads to California to meet first responders amid deadly wildfires Hillicon Valley: Russian-linked hackers may have impersonated US officials | Trump signs DHS cyber bill | Prosecutors inadvertently reveal charges against Assange | Accenture workers protest border enforcement work | App mines crypto for bail bonds McCarthy, other Republicans back Ratcliffe to be next attorney general MORE (R-Calif.), voiced strong support for the creation of a second special counsel to investigate allegations of bias against the president and surveillance abuse at the FBI.

Hannity had appeared earlier Tuesday on "Fox & Friends," saying he would advise the president to allow Mueller to continue his investigation and not comment on the special counsel at all.

"The president didn't say he was going to fire him. This is the fake news media doing what they do best," Hannity told the morning show. "The president made a comment, and maybe if I was advising the president I’d say, 'Let this investigation go forward. We’re probably coming to the end of it, if I had to render a guess. And it would be in his best interest, probably, not to comment.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSunday shows preview: New members preview agendas after Democratic House takeover Trump set to have close ally Graham in powerful chairmanship As Democrats gear up to challenge Trump in 2020, the key political divide will be metropolitan versus rural MORE (R-Ky.), however, came to Mueller's defense on Tuesday, calling him “thoroughly credible.”

“I don’t think Bob Mueller is going anywhere,” McConnell said. “We all anticipate him finishing the job and telling the American people what they need to know about this episode.”

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanCalif. congresswoman-elect bumps into Pelosi at airport How this year’s freshmen can save the Congress — and themselves Democrat Katie Porter unseats GOP's Mimi Walters MORE (R-Wis.), meantime, indicated on Tuesday he has "received assurances" that the president isn't even considering firing Mueller.

“I received assurances that his firing is not even under consideration,” Ryan said to reporters.

“We have a system based upon the rule of law in this country. We have a justice system, and no one is above that justice system.”