Since the beginning of the impeachment inquiry, many different witnesses from the Trump administration have spoken to House committees. And in that process, they have discussed people involved in Ukraine talks like Rudy Giuliani and Paul Manafort.
One name from the media has also come up during the inquiry, Fox News host Sean Hannity. During his Thursday night show, Hannity raged against the hearings and asked that the witnesses, “stop lying about me.”
One witness in particular drew the most intense ire from the host: State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent. Kent told the House that Hannity had been asked to stop bashing former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.
Hannity began his rant by claiming that Kent will “owe him an apology.” He continued, “He also testified I was talking about the former Ambassador of Ukraine. I’m going to spell it out for all of you one more time, I suggest you read my Twitter account. I don’t know anything about that lady. I have no idea how to pronounce her last name.”
The host also denied that he had spoken about the matter with the Secretary of State. “I never talked to secretary Pompeo or anybody at the State Department about her or anything else. I don’t know anything about her. I would advise you all very strongly, I’m saying this in a nice way. All of you had better stop lying about me, you now have been told the truth again. Stop lying.”
You can watch the segment here, courtesy of Fox News:
Hannity warns everyone to "stop lying" about State Dept contacting him on Yovanovitch, says he doesn't "know anything about that lady" and then proceeds to smear her by playing Lutsenko's since-retracted claim that she gave him a "do-not-prosecute list" pic.twitter.com/TEtwsYpRJ3
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) November 8, 2019