Still Agog Over Sestak Scandal, Hannity And Sekulow Walk Back Criminal Charges Without Explanation
Reported by Ellen - June 2, 2010 -
Remember how last week Sean Hannity was eagerly anticipating the impeachment of President Obama over Sestak-Gate? How he was asking “What did the president know and when did he know it?” How Hannity and his legal expert Jay Sekulow had declared with certainty that a crime had been committed, even though other legal experts, such as Michael Mukasey, the former Attorney General for the Bush administration said otherwise? Well, as of last night (6/1/10), Hannity and Sekulow seemed to be singing a different tune. And yet, somehow, the “we report, you decide” network failed to explain the change of heart.
Hannity was enthusiastic as ever about the Sestak matter last night. This time, in addition to Sekulow, he brought on Rep. Darrell Issa, who has been demanding a federal investigation.
Darell Issa is not exactly a poster child for ethics and accountability. The “we report, you decide” network also forgot to mention Issa's history of suspected arson, weapons charges and auto theft, and allowed Issa to posture as someone devoted to squeaky clean politics. Maybe Hannity's other pal, convicted felon Vincent “Buddy” Cianci was unavailable.
In addition to the now-familiar usual talking points, Issa now suggested, at Hannity's urging, that “witness tampering” may have occurred. Not that there was any real evidence, it just looked bad, according to Issa. “After 10 weeks of stonewalliing, the White House, before coming up with what their answer was - that very carefully crafted page and a half - they contacted Joe Sestak's brother, who's his campaign manager, and negotiated the language. If you're actually trying to just answer a question truthfully, you don't need to coordinate with the person who could have disputed it. But that's exactly what they did.”
Hannity, with glee, said a lot of the story “is falling apart.” And yet, the accusations were lessening.
Last week attorney Jay Sekulow, who has his own record of ethical lapses, announced, “It’s not just one or two sections of federal law that’s been violated here… There could be four or even five sections of the federal criminal code that was violated.”
But last night, Sekulow was not so sure. Nor was Hannity. Gone was his “What did the president know and when did he know it?” talk and his declaration that White House counsel Robert Bauer should “go back to law school.”
Now, Hannity was asking tentatively, “Are you suspicious that law breaking took place here, Congressman?”
Issa answered tentatively but suggestively, “It's my job to looik for what looks suspicious... This looks as suspicious as any other activity I've ever seen.”
Sekulow, apparently forgetting he was previously certain multiple laws had been violated, now said, “Certainly enough to make an investigation, that's for sure.”