Conservative talk show host Mark Levin unleashed an angry tirade against Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and his demands that a special prosecutor be named to investigate the alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election. He made the comments to Sean Hannity on Fox News Wednesday.
"All these analogies, Watergate, Watergate, Saturday night massacre, whiff of fascism, the tinfoil hat conspiracy theories being spun, Russia, Russia, Russia, no evidence of Russia, Mark," Hannity began. "One, tell us why this was necessary from your legal perspective. Two, how this hypocrisy and these conspiracies are actually really dangerous."
"First of all, the president didn't order an end to the Russian investigation now did he?" Levin asked, rhetorically. "Now we have a lot of legal and historical illiterates posing as TV hosts and commentators, like Jeffrey Toobin, among others."
Levin referred to the fiery response from the CNN analyst to the news of FBI Director James Comey's dismissal. He called it a "grotesque abuse of power," and claimed that even if President Donald Trump replaced Comey with a respectable replacement that he would likely fire him too under the same circumstances.
"Let me be very specific," Levin continued. "Richard Nixon during Watergate ordered the attorney general to fire the special prosecutor, he refused. Then he ordered the deputy attorney general to fire the special prosecutor, and he refused. Here, the deputy attorney general writes a memorandum, urging the attorney general and the president to fire the FBI director. The attorney general attaches it to a letter, endorses it, and the president of the United States fires him. It has nothing to do with Watergate. But, of course, the media and the Democrats, one and the same, want it to deal with Watergate.
"The president did not order, in any respect, an end to the Russian investigation," he repeated.
"But I have a couple of questions, if I might, for Chuck Schumer, who is the leading demagogue in all this," Levin said. "Tell me something, Mr. Schumer, can you name a single Russian, just one, who colluded with Donald Trump and his campaign? Just give us one. One. You got intelligence committees who have been investigating. You've had this interminable federal investigation that's going on, let's have it!"
"Now, I have another question for Mr. Schumer," he continued. "You like these independent special prosecutors. Sean, have you noticed they all use the same phrases. We can't trust the Justice Department to investigate. They can't even name the FBI agents who are involved in this investigation. I'm sure they are career agents that'll do their job regardless of who the FBI director is."
"But Mr. Schumer likes these independent special prosecutors," Levin said. "Let me ask you something, sir, do you support an independent special prosecutor for Hillary Clinton and her multiple violations of the espionage act? Do you support an independent special prosecutor for the Obama administration's surveillance and unmasking of Trump transition team members, and God knows who else? The Israeli ambassador was surveilled. The prime minister of Israel was surveilled. Members of Congress were surveilled. Jewish leaders and Jewish groups were surveilled. How about an independent investigation of that?"
"Got another one, Mr. Schumer," he said. "How about an independent special prosecutor to investigate this whole seedy Iranian Deal? With the secret deals, the ransom payments, the release of terrorists that we find out after the fact."
"Let me tell you what's going on here, Sean," Levin concluded. "The president of the United States followed the Constitution, followed the law and followed the advice of a deputy attorney general, who won 94 to 6 his confirmation on April 25. That means almost every single Democrat voted for him. You want to know why? The guy doesn't have a political bone in his body. He's worked for Bill Clinton, he's worked for George Bush. He is a career public integrity prosecutor, a career prosecutor."
Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey immediately started a political firestorm that prompted Democrats to demand a special prosecutor to assure the independence of the Russian investigation. Supporters of the president have defended his decision by pointing to the vitriolic criticism that Democrats slung at the director after he damaged Hillary Clinton before the election.