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

Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityOcasio-Cortez and Cruz's dialogue shows common ground isn't just for moderates Hannity fires back at Acosta over book: 'Go hawk that garbage' on CNN Hannity fires back at Acosta over book: 'Go hawk that garbage' on CNN MORE fired back at critics who accused him of being hypocritical regarding his criticism of House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi slated to deliver remarks during panel hearing on poverty The DNC's climate problems run deep Cracks form in Democratic dam against impeachment MORE's (D-Calif.) comments about wanting to see President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally 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 ClintonFive takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Five takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Trump jokes he'd get 'electric chair' if he deleted even one 'love note' email to Melania MORE should be prosecuted.

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“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 ComeyWant the truth? Put your money on Bill Barr, not Jerry Nadler Want the truth? Put your money on Bill Barr, not Jerry Nadler Trump: Reported security incidents related to Clinton emails 'really big' 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.