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 (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE could not "honestly investigate scandals that his friends are directly involved in."

"Robert Mueller, interestingly, is best friends with James ComeyJames Brien ComeyNYT: Justice investigating alleged Comey leak of years-old classified info Bernie-Hillary echoes seen in Biden-Sanders primary fight Rosenstein on his time in Trump administration: 'We got all the big issues right' MORE. And he's buddies with Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRosenstein says he authorized release of Strzok-Page texts Journalist alleging Obama administration spied on her seeks to reopen case Rosenstein on his time in Trump administration: 'We got all the big issues right' 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 TrumpMnuchin knocks Greta Thunberg's activism: Study economics and then 'come back' to us The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial MORE, added that Mueller "cannot be expected to honestly investigate scandals that his friends are directly involved in." 

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"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 ScaliseThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Cheney's decision not to run for Senate sparks Speaker chatter Trump welcomes LSU to the White House: 'Go Tigers' MORE (R-La.) and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Cheney's decision not to run for Senate sparks Speaker chatter Mark Mellman: A failure of GOP leadership 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.

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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 McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' Tensions between McConnell and Schumer run high as trial gains momentum No. 2 GOP leader eyes Wednesday of next week for possible votes on witnesses 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 RyanHill.TV's Saagar Enjeti rips Sanders for 'inability to actually fight with bad actors' in party Biden fires back at Sanders on Social Security Warren now also knocking Biden on Social Security 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.”