Watch: Hannity Struggles To Spin Flynn Report As ‘Good News’ For Trump
Conservatives are having a hard time handling the special counsel Robert Mueller’s sentencing report on former national security advisor Michael Flynn.
On Tuesday night, Fox host Sean Hannity tried to pull a ‘Kellyanne Conway’ by creating an alternative perspective of the report. But he wasn’t alone.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) was also on the show and he characterized Mueller’s sentencing memorandum on Flynn as “good news for President Trump” because “there is no mention of collusion.”
“I have looked at this report and, yes, everybody is going to focus on what has been redacted,” the conservative lawmaker told Sean Hannity on Fox News late Tuesday. “Let’s look at what is not in there. There is no suggestion that Michael Flynn had anything to do with collusion. He was with the transition team. He was part of the campaign. And, yet, there is no mention of collusion.”
“I think it’s good news for President Trump tonight that this is what has come down to,” Meadows concluded. [That] even though they said he substantially cooperated, I think he substantially cooperated to say that there was no collusion and we can look at it with that in mind.”
The alternative fact came hours after Mueller said Flynn should not be imprisoned, citing his “substantial assistance” in the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.
Federal sentencing guidelines state that Flynn, a former three-star general who also served in the Obama administration, be sentenced to anywhere between no time to six months in prison and face up to a $9,500 fine.
Hannity, a staunch supporter of the president, called Mueller’s treatment of Flynn “a sad and pathetic moment.”
“This is how America’s gonna treat a military hero?” Hannity asked during his opening monologue before the Meadows interview. “This is a sad and pathetic moment for not only the special counsel, but for the country.”