Back Channel: How Sean Hannity Came to Believe “Every Word [Assange] Says”

In a pre-hearing hearing in London today, a lawyer for Julian Assange said they’d call a witness who would testify that Julian Assange was offered a pardon if he would say that Russia wasn’t behind the 2016 hack.

This has led to people discovering for the first time the abundant evidence that Assange and the Trump Administration were discussing pardons in a bunch of different contexts. They weren’t all, at all, an exchange for Assange’s false testimony about his ties to Russia. That’s just the only legally convenient one Assange can mention, because the others involve extortion (either a quid pro quo for the initial campaign dirt, or an offer to limit the damage of the Vault 7 leak in exchange for immunity) that would easily reach the bar for extradition.

As I’ve noted repeatedly, one of the most interesting questions Robert Mueller failed to get Trump to answer in good faith pertained to pardon discussions starting even before the inauguration.

Did you have any discussions prior to January 20, 2017, regarding a potential pardon or other action to benefit Julian Assange? If yes, describe who you had the discussion(s) with, when, and the content of the discussion(s).

Trump’s answer did not cover the transition, when — testimony from his trial made clear — Roger Stone was already working on a pardon.

I do not recall having had any discussion during the campaign regarding a pardon or action to benefit Julian Assange.

The record shows that discussions of an Assange pardon — for any of a variety of reasons — continued from late 2016 through early 2018.

But now that Assange is preparing to unpack one point of blackmail he has against Trump — and given the abundant effort we’ve seen that various people (including but not limited to Paul Manafort) use Sean Hannity as a back channel to the President — it’s time for folks to reconsider the Sean Hannity interview of Julian Assange from early January, 2017, just days after Roger Stone was known to be pursuing a pardon for Assange.

11 replies
  1. Mister Sterling says:

    It’s happening. Trump’s attempts at extortion are coming to light. I believe Assange and his lawyers. Of course Trump would send Dana Rohrabacher to deliver a verbal offer to Assange. Of course Trump would accept an announcement from Assange that “it wasn’t Russia” as payment to earn his freedom. I believe it. Trump’s conspiracy to cheat in 2020 continues. It didn’t stop. It intensified.

  2. Rugger9 says:

    That also begs the question about what the House will do about this. I’d say do another impeachment, allow the GOP all the witnesses they want (it’ll run through the summer) so the self-serving corruption remains front and center in the news. Combined with Barr’s blowing off Nadler’s questions, the pardons and the clearly political actions by DOJ, plus the admission by Individual-1 that he is the “chief law enforcement official” it is very clear that the Palace got the wrong message.

    It doesn’t matter if the GOP acquits in the Senate again, the voters need to be reminded about just how craven they were to ignore the rule of law.

    • Katherine M Williams says:

      Just hold public, very noisy hearings. Gloves off. The investigation phase of the recent impeachment was far more effective in hurting Trump, making him show how crazy he really is more openly than usual, than the actual impeachment. Even the Trump-supporting corporate press couldn’t keep away from the drama and excitement.

      • Rugger9 says:

        Speaking of the courtier press, Elle magazine fired E. Jean Carroll because she dared to go public with rape allegations about Caesar Disgustus.

        Way to empower women, Elle. Please have no pretensions beyond being the empty-headed fashion rag that you are.

      • P J Evans says:

        Do you mean the trial in the Senate? because impeachment was in the House, and didn’t get nearly the media coverage it should have had, with the witnesses and all.

      • Donna says:

        The writer Carl Hiaasen once quoted the late Nathaniel Reed, “He’d say, ‘Don’t be discouraged. Get angry, show up, make your voice heard, and when they ignore you, make it louder the next time.’”

  3. The Old Redneck says:

    Did anyone else notice how strangely quiet Trump was when the Brits finally got Assange out of the embassy? And how he didn’t join in the Republican chorus saying Assange should get the death penalty?
    He probably figured this day was coming.

  4. fishman says:

    Billy Barr went to visit Hannity’s boss in October to share cooking recipes no doubt…..Assange out of the embassy in April….the question is “ does the plot thickens?” At that time it looked like Fox was straying from their trump adulation?

    • bmaz says:

      Lol, people’s fixation on the Barr and Murdoch meeting like it SPECTRE and all the other Bond villains convening to seize the world cracks me up.

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