Sean Hannity says he never spoke with Pompeo about Ukraine

Sean Hannity says he never spoke with Pompeo about Ukraine
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Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityHypocrisy is the currency of the realm for GOP in the age of Trump GOP threatens to weaponize impeachment witnesses amid standoff Trump wants To 'deescalate,' but will his supporters let him? MORE on Monday said State Department officials, including Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoCountries reach agreement in Berlin on Libya cease-fire push, arms embargo Trump Jr.: If 'weaker' Republicans only call for certain witnesses, 'they don't deserve to be in office' House Democrats may call new impeachment witnesses if Senate doesn't MORE, never reached out to him about President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' MORE's dealings in Ukraine.

Hannity offered the remarks after the release of a transcript of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchHouse Democrats may call new impeachment witnesses if Senate doesn't Giuliani: 'I'd love to be a witness' at Senate impeachment trial Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial MORE's testimony in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump.

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Yovanovitch in her testimony said she was told by another official that Pompeo or someone around him "was going to place a call to Mr. Hannity on Fox News to say, you know, what is going on? I mean, do you have proof of these kinds of allegations or not? And if you have proof, you know, tell me, and if not, stop."

Hannity called the testimony, and CNN's reporting of it, "fake news."

He said in a tweet that he "never ever talked to Secy Pompeo about Ukraine PERIOD" and accused CNN of writing the piece to bolster its ratings. He also took a shot at the network's president, Jeff Zucker, saying the CNN executive should pay him.

 

Hannity reiterated on his show Monday that the call "never happened."

"Apparently I'm being accused of making some kind of allegations against the ambassador and that Secretary Pompeo or someone from the State Department called me about it," the Fox host said. "No, that never happened. That'd be fake news."

"The ambassador was barely ever mentioned on our show," he added. "I don't know anything about this woman to be honest. Her name came up a few times on the show. She was an Obama holdover. I did ask one question about a news report. If she was involved in something, it was a question."

"I never talked to Secretary Pompeo about Ukraine," Hannity continued. "I never talked to anyone at the State Department about this ambassador. Sorry to burst your fake news bubble." 

Yovanovitch testified last month before three House panels as part of the impeachment inquiry into Trump over his dealings with Ukraine. The transcript of her testimony was made public on Monday. 

The ambassador said she was recalled to the United States after a whisper campaign against her by allies of the president, including Trump's personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiParnas attorney asks William Barr to recuse himself from investigation Poll: 51 percent of Americans say Senate should convict and remove Trump Hypocrisy is the currency of the realm for GOP in the age of Trump MORE

Her firing earlier this year was mentioned in the whistleblower complaint that sparked the impeachment inquiry.

Yovanovitch served as an ambassador during both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations.