Hannity blasts House investigation into Trump as 'gruesome display of modern-day McCarthyism'

Fox News host Sean Hannity on Monday derided the House Judiciary Committee's sweeping investigation into President TrumpDonald John TrumpWatergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book Obama: 'Everybody needs to chill out' about differences between 2020 candidates MORE as "the biggest, most gruesome display of modern day McCarthyism."

"Is what you’re seeing from the new far-left Democratic Party good for you, good for your family?" Hannity asked in the opening monologue of his Fox News program. "Well, I think the answer will be obvious because, just like I have told you in the past, once Democrats’ collusion hysteria is exposed as a fraud, they wouldn’t apologize, they wouldn’t admit they’re wrong."

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"They were just going to pivot into investigating anything they make up and everything involving the president. We the people will now be subject to the biggest, most gruesome display of modern-day McCarthyism," Hannity continued, referencing a campaign former Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-Wis.) launched in the 1950s against alleged communists in government and society. 

Hannity, a vocal supporter of Trump's, later added that the new probe was part of "an effort to destroy the president and anybody who supports him because ... all [Democrats] care about is getting their power back so they can institute socialism."

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) on Monday issued document requests to 81 individuals and entities close to Trump as part of a sweeping look into the president's campaign, business and administration. 

Nadler has said that the probe will focus on Trump's obstruction of justice, public corruption and abuses of power. He also said the document requests were issued to people and entities who have previously provided information to the special counsel's office, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York or other officials. 

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE and the Southern District of New York are conducting separate probes into the president. 

"We are going to be the check and the balance," Nadler said. "We are going to find out, we are going to lay out the facts for the American people.”

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders blasted Nadler for opening what she called a "disgraceful and abusive investigation."

"Chairman Nadler and his fellow Democrats have embarked on this fishing expedition because they are terrified that their two-year false narrative of ‘Russia collusion’ is crumbling," Sanders said. "Their intimidation and abuse of American citizens is shameful."