Hannity fires back at 'hypocrisy' critics: 'The lazy and abusively biased media mob are lying'

Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityTrump calls Juan Williams 'pathetic,' 'always nasty and wrong' Chris Wallace becomes Trump era's 'equal opportunity inquisitor' Maher stands by recession remarks: 'Very worth' getting rid of Trump MORE fired back at critics who accused him of being hypocritical regarding his criticism of House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Hobbled NRA shows strength with Trump MORE's (D-Calif.) comments about wanting to see President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE in prison as "beyond despicable behavior" that occurs in "banana republics."

The back-and-forth comes after mostly left-leaning pundits mocked Hannity online for blasting Pelosi while believing former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Polls flash warning signs for Trump Polls suggest Sanders may be underestimated 10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall MORE should be prosecuted.


“As per usual the lazy and abusively biased media mob are lying to their ever shrinking audiences yet again," Hannity told The Hill in an email response. "Donald Trump committed no crime in spite of the bizarre conspiracy theories that have been told daily for over two years."

The staunch supporter of President Trump proceeded to broach Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, accusing her of committing multiple felonies regarding her handling of classified State Department information housed on a private server.

"The evidence is overwhelming and incontrovertible that Hillary Clinton committed multiple felonies by putting 'classified' and 'Top Secret' information on a private server, stored in a bathroom closet. Read 18 USC 793 'The Espionage Act,'" the host argued. "That was her underlying crime.

"When [Clinton] had deleted 33,000 subpoenaed emails, had her hard drive acid washed with 'bleach bit', had an aide bust up Blackberries and iPhones with hammers, and had SIM cards removed, the 'INTENTION' was clear," Hannity continued. "DESTROY THE EVIDENCE OF THE underlying crime. Also committing multiple felonies."

Then-FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien Comey3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 Barr predicts progressive prosecutors will lead to 'more crime, more victims' James Comey shows our criminal justice system works as intended MORE said in July 2016 that "there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes" by Clinton but concluded "no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case."

Comey faced criticism mostly from the right for making the conclusion, with many arguing he went beyond his jurisdiction in making the determination.

"Crowds that chanted 'Lock Her Up' were clearly referring to that, or of course, the pay to play Uranium One scam," he added. "Nancy Pelosi cannot identify a 'crime' committed by President Trump. She just wants a political opponent put in jail which would make us no better than any of the worlds dictatorships."

Hannity then cited a Pew Research survey released Wednesday showing "made-up news and information" impacts the public's confidence in government institutions.

"No wonder Pew Research came out with the poll numbers on Fake News this week," he concluded. "The media mob is earning the public’s distrust every single day."

In a survey of more than 6,000 Americans, 68 percent said made-up news and information considerably affects their confidence in government institutions, according to a Pew Research Center study released Wednesday.

Several left-leaning opinionmakers argued Hannity was hypocritical to criticize Pelosi on Twitter Thursday night and Friday.