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Hannity Baselessly Suggests Federal Investigation Into Gov. Bill Richardson Was Dropped For Political Reasons

Reported by Ellen - August 28, 2009 -

During last night’s (8/27/09) Hannity’s America segment, Sean Hannity suggested, without offering a scintilla of evidence, that the federal investigation into Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) was dropped because of his closeness to the Obama administration. In reality, the evidence points in the opposite direction, that the investigation was dropped because prosecutors concluded “an indictment was not warranted.” But not content to stop there, Hannity developed a sudden interest in the welfare of CIA agents and accused Attorney General Eric Holder of “targeting” the brave men and women of the CIA who risked their lives to keep this country safe.” Funny how Hannity never cared about the political targeting of CIA agent Valerie Plame by the Bush administration. With video.

During his “Hannity’s America segment, Hannity said, “The brave men and women of the CIA who risked their lives to keep this country safe are being targeted by Attorney General Holder. But New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, who just happens to be a close ally of the Obama administration – well, he’s off the hook. A year-long federal investigation into Richardson has apparently been called off. Now, he had been accused of orchestrating a pay-to-play scheme after a major donor of his was awarded a lucrative government contract… A source close to the investigation tells the AP quote, ‘It’s over. There’s nothing. It was killed in Washington.’ Well, it must be good to have friends in high places.”

If you ask me, the “There’s nothing” in that AP quote suggests at least as much that there was nothing against Richardson and that therefore the investigation was stopped. But Hannity didn’t bother to find out. One can only think it’s because he didn’t care; once he had something with which he could justify smearing Richardson and the Obama administration, why run the risk that it’s not so?

In fact, The Washington Post (H/T TPMMuckraker) reported, “Career prosecutors concluded that no indictment was warranted.”