Fox News host Sean Hannity may soon find himself in the crosshairs of Robert Mueller’s investigation into collusion and conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Thursday’s indictment of Trump’s friend Roger Stone clearly implicated former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, who reportedly gave the orders to Stone for him to illegally conspire with WikiLeaks for the release of the emails that had been stolen by Russia from the Democratic National Committee.
And the indictment also may implicate either Donald Trump or Donald Trump Jr. (or both) since someone higher up than Bannon directed him to give the orders to Stone to work with WikiLeaks. In fact, there is a great deal of speculation now that both the president and his son could soon also find themselves the subject of federal indictments obtained by special counsel Mueller.
And the very detailed 24-page Stone indictment also appears to implicate Sean Hannity as it goes into great detail explaining how Stone’s WikiLeaks contact privately told him to start focusing on Hillary Clinton’s health during the 2016 campaign.
Many of us recall how the Trump campaign and right-wing media began making up stories about Clinton’s failing health in the summer of 2016, although there was no evidence to support these claims.
Nobody in the media or either campaign had ever talked about Hillary’s health until Stone and WikiLeaks got involved disseminating false information.
But right after Stone’s WikiLeaks contact told him to focus on Clinton’s health, Sean Hannity began also begin focusing heavily on Hillary’s health.
“Hannity appears to have acted on directives from emails between Roger Stone and an intermediary who claimed to have communicated with WikiLeaks.”
This new evidence may send Sean Hannity to prison unless he can come up with some plausible alternative explanation for his actions.
What most likely happened is that Roger Stone told Sean Hannity to start talking about Hillary’s health because WikiLeaks had told Stone of their plan to leak emails suggesting Clinton was seriously ill.
According to the indictment, Stone’s contact at WikiLeaks told him via email on August 2, 2016:
“Would not hurt to start suggesting HRC old, memory bad, has stroke, neither he nor she well. I expect that much of next dump focus.”
Also in the email, Stone’s WikiLeaks liason told him that Wikileaks’ president Julian Assange was planning a document dump of Clinton emails in October.
A few days after the email was sent to Stone, Hannity began to focus on Hillary’s health, suggesting that she was having “seizures” and had some sort of neurological problem.
Specifically, Hannity focused on a short video clip where Clinton bobbed her head as someone stuck a microphone in her face.
“Are there many seizures like that?” Hannity said on the air. “This looks like violent, out of control movements on her part.”
Eichenwald has argued that Hannity had confidential campaign strategy information that came from WikiLeaks through Stone, and this is supported by language in Mueller’s indictment of Stone.
This would mean that Sean Hannity was a criminal co-conspirator in a foreign entity’s plot to receive and publish stolen goods – which is a felony and something you go to prison for.
To convict Hannity, Mueller must prove that Hannity knew the information he was getting from Roger Stone was coming from WikiLeaks. But that may be easy for the federal prosecutors to do since they already have all of Stone’s electronic communications.
If documentary evidence shows that Hannity knew that he was participating in the conspiracy to hurt Clinton, he’s in serious legal trouble and will likely be indicted. It is possible that Mueller may have in his files copies of incriminating communications between the Fox News host and other co-conspirators in addition to Stone, such as Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, Assange, and even members of Russian intelligence.
This is not the first time that Hannity’s name has come up as a possible target of the Mueller probe. There are too many coincidences in Hannity’s reporting for him to have NOT been part of the conspiracy.
We also don’t know what Hannity had going on with his attorney Michael Cohen, who may have already shared information about Hannity with Mueller.
The Stone indictment was not the end of something, it was the beginning. It is a roadmap of where the Mueller probe is going from here. And it appears that the path Mueller is on will soon to lead him to more indictments, including not only the President of the United States but also his pal Sean Hannity.
I am a lifelong Democrat with a passion for social justice and progressive issues. I have degrees in writing, economics and law from the University of Iowa.