Sean Hannity: Even if Trump did order Cohen to lie to Congress, it doesn't matter because Democrats are hypocrites

Sean Hannity: Even if Trump did order Cohen to lie to Congress, it doesn't matter because Democrats are hypocrites

SEAN HANNITY (HOST): You know, the big talking point of all Democrats today is, “Oh, this could be obstruction of justice.” Michael Cohen, Michael Cohen is now saying Donald Trump directed him, told him, you know, to lie about the contacts about Trump Tower in Russia. Now, in other words, to say it didn’t — that the discussions ended in January 2016 when in reality they ended in June of 2016. That’s what the contact is, and somehow, you know, that the president directly — Michael’s saying that the president directly told him to suborn perjury and say that it really ended in January and not June when in reality it ended. And I’m thinking, I’m watching the Democratic Party — they hated Michael Cohen, now they love him because he seems to be on their political side and their goal, you know, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. And I’m thinking as I’m listening to this, you know, Michael Cohen is, sadly, ’cause I knew the guy and knew his family, going to jail for lying to Congress, lying on loan applications, and not paying his taxes. And so — and then I’m watching Democrats — it’s laughable, at the end of this week with all these huge deep state developments, Democrats in Congress, their hysteria — again, this is for the 900th time, you know, about President Trump, based on the claims of Michael Cohen. Now Michael Cohen does, and I would not recommend it for him, it’s up to him — he goes before Congress and Jim Jordan is going to question him, and all these other Republicans are going to question him, and they’re going to say, “which Michael Cohen should we believe?”

Now, I can dismantle the credibility of all of this in about 30 seconds. But if you assume for the moment that even BuzzFeed nailed this story down — although reporters of the story are giving out conflicting stories about whether they’ve seen the information or not — you know, two law enforcement officials, they say, confirmed it. Obviously this is a special counsel leak. But Robert Mueller now has, what, a serious, verifiable evidence that Donald Trump ordered Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, which our Democratic friends insists is an unbelievable case of obstruction of justice. You know, because the first question has to be since when has Democrats started caring about obstruction. Because the biggest slam dunk case of obstruction of justice, if we have equal justice and equal application of our laws, is Hillary Clinton’s subpoenaed emails. And then, of course, the deletions, the Bleach Bit, the hammers. Or Bill Clinton literally had Monica Lewinsky signing a false affidavit, before pressuring, you know, Betty Currie, his secretary at the time, to lie to the FBI. Never mind that he later perjured himself during grand jury testimony. So, Democrats now all of a sudden — and their media cohorts, they’re tied at the hip, you know, did they support Clinton’s impeachment? Of course not, they trashed Republicans who tried to hold Clinton accountable for his one man crime wave. Hillary Clinton ordered the deletion of subpoenaed emails. It happened, those were her emails. If you delete, if you Bleach Bit, you destroy your devices that are subpoenaed, it’s never going to work out well for you. And if you paid for a Russian dossier, and then it gets spread to the American people before an election, and it’s not verified or corroborated, and they know Hillary paid for it, and they present it to a court falsely, committing a fraud — that’s not going to work out well for you. 

And that’s what’s so fascinating about watching what I call the biggest information crisis in the country’s history. You know, journalism is dead, this is all agenda-driven, and it’s going to be another debunked story by sometime next week, as it usually is.

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Sean Hannity: Even if Trump did order Cohen to lie to Congress, it doesn't matter because Democrats are hypocrites

On MSNBC, a furloughed DHS worker says it's "disingenuous" to pretend the US isn't already funding border security 

On MSNBC, a furloughed DHS worker says it's "disingenuous" to pretend the US isn't already funding border security 

ANDREA MITCHELL (HOST): Joanna, you work for Homeland, and Homeland is the center of this dispute. All the other appropriations bills have been passed actually by both houses, and now re-passed by the House. And what about the whole argument that border security is being ignored by Democrats and has to be dealt with first before any negotiations on getting the government reopened? 

JOANNA MCCLELAND (FURLOUGHED DHS EMPLOYEE): It’s hard to hear, because the goalposts keep moving. You know, it was a wall, and then it was the steel slats, and now it’s, you know, we’re changing it to border security. And being in the federal government and, you know, I’m detailed to a Customs and Border Protection office right now, I know that we’re dedicated to border security. So it’s kind of hard hearing either side, both sides, arguing about a lack of border security, when, you know, I’m in an office that knows what programs are being built on the border, and I know that we’re funding it. I know that this is all happening. So it’s kind of hard to hear, you know, it seem disingenuous for this argument to even be happening right now. 

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On MSNBC, a furloughed DHS worker says it's "disingenuous" to pretend the US isn't already funding border security 

Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 268) making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes, and waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules. (H Res 43) – Passage Passed – House

Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 268) making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes, and waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules. (H Res 43) – Passage Passed – House

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Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 268) making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes, and waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules. (H Res 43) – Passage Passed – House

Trump Administration Appeals Ruling Blocking Citizenship Question On 2020 Census

Trump Administration Appeals Ruling Blocking Citizenship Question On 2020 Census

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross stands behind President Trump during a bill signing ceremony at the White House in 2018. Ross, who oversees the Census Bureau, approved adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census.The Trump administration is asking the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the first major court ruling over plans to add a question about U.S. citizenship status to the 2020 census.

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Trump Administration Appeals Ruling Blocking Citizenship Question On 2020 Census

State Department Brings Employees Back To Work Despite Shutdown

State Department Brings Employees Back To Work Despite Shutdown

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a visit to Muscat, Oman, on Monday.The department said it “is taking steps to make additional funds available to pay employee salaries.” State has 75,000, including nearly 50,000 local hires, most of whom have been receiving pay.

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State Department Brings Employees Back To Work Despite Shutdown

On Fox Business, <em>WSJ </em>columnist praises Mitch McConnell for doing "nothing" during government shutdown

On Fox Business, <em>WSJ </em>columnist praises Mitch McConnell for doing "nothing" during government shutdown

STUART VARNEY (HOST): So, you say Bill — I’m sorry, Mitch McConnell keeps a low profile, AOC [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)] couldn’t find him, and that’s a successful strategy. Make your case.

BILL MCGURN (THE WALL STREET JOURNAL): Well, first of all, I always admire a man who knows how to do nothing in strategic way. He did that with Merrick Garland, the president had the authority to nominate a Supreme Court justice, and the Senate has no obligation to provide its consent. And we have Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court because of it, possibly we have Trump elected because of it because it made the Supreme Court an issue. 

Now, what he’s doing is just — he said he’s not going to send any bill up to President Trump that Trump won’t sign, meaning, it won’t have the wall funding that he wants. The beauty of that is, first of all, you don’t have these sham votes, which the Democrats just need to say, you know, the Senate has eight times passed a bill calling for the government to open. So, in one swoop, Mitch McConnell is supporting his president; he’s driving Chuck Schumer mad because Chuck Schumer would love these votes, that’s what he wants to have; and he’s protecting his own members from having to go on the record in a sham vote in this. So, they don’t feel the pressure to reopen the government. He’s saving them, he’s protecting them from this pressure.

MCGURN: If you look at the polls, some of the polls say, “Who do you blame? Trump and Republicans or Pelosi and the Democrats?” That’s kind of misleading. If you break it down, who do you blame, and President Trump gets most of the blame for the shutdown, probably near half, then a third to a quarter blame Nancy Pelosi. But when it says Republicans, it’s only 4 to 5 percent. That means there’s no pressure on these guys. They can go for a long — and I think that, contrary to all the Beltway wisdom, which just thinks Trump has to cave on this because he called for the shutdown, I’m not sure Mrs. Pelosi’s strategy of, “I’m not willing to give you another nickel no matter what you give me,” I’m not sure that’s a long-term solution for her. You know, and a lot of these federal workers live in Democratic states.

MCGURN: Mitch McConnell is just insulating his guys from these pressures. So, I just — I think he wields power by doing nothing so effectively. My hat’s off. And he doesn’t call attention to himself. I mean, this one area where I actually agree with the new congresswoman from New York, she’s right that he is the key to this shutdown. 

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On Fox Business, <em>WSJ </em>columnist praises Mitch McConnell for doing "nothing" during government shutdown