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Sean Hannity fires back at Joe Scarborough after the MSNBC host calls Fox News 'state-run' TV
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Sean Hannity fires back at Joe Scarborough after the MSNBC host calls Fox News 'state-run' TV

Sean Hannity and Joe Scarborough's long-standing feud reignited on Monday when the "Morning Joe" host, during his the airing of his show, called Hannity's Fox News show "state-run television," referring to last week's airing of Hannity's interview with Donald Trump Jr.

After Trump Jr.'s interview with Hannity aired, a former KGB counterintelligence agent told the AP that he was, indeed, part of the purported covert meetings between Trump Jr. and Russian officials.

Both Trump Jr. and President Donald Trump denied that anything inappropriate happened during the meeting — which occurred in June 2016, months before the presidential election — and although Trump Jr. told Hannity that, “In retrospect, I probably would have done things a little differently," more reports emerged after Trump Jr.'s Fox News interview.

A report Friday afternoon revealed two more people attended than were previously disclosed.

According to reports, those in attendance included former KGB counterintelligence agent Rinat Akhmetshin, who emigrated to the U.S. from Russia, as well as Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, publicist Rob Goldstone, a representative for the Agalarov family, and a translator.

About the meeting, Trump Jr. told Hannity, "It was such a nothing, I literally wouldn’t have remembered it.”

Trump Jr. added that nothing came out of the meeting, and that no information was exchanged.

“This is everything,” Trump Jr. told Hannity. “This is everything.”

However, Scarborough attacked Hannity on Monday for promoting "state-run" television because of Trump Jr.'s interview, and accused Trump Jr. of "lying to the New York Times, lying to the American people, saying this meeting was just about adoption, and then the next day lying about the people that were in it."

Scarborough continued, “Then going on a TV show that basically is state-run television. These people keep getting caught in their lies, day after day after day.”

Hannity, unashamed to air his displeasure at Scarborough's comments, fired back and called Scarborough's MSNBC show "boring," and referred to the host as a "thug."

"Liberal Joe @JoeNBC is boring low rated establishment TV," Hannity wrote on Twitter. "Joe calls The @Potus a Schmuck, goon, & thug just to please D.C. NYC elites & Mika."

Hannity later tweeted that Scarborough once “begged” the Fox News' former chairman, Rogers Ailes, as well as ex-president of the network, Bill Shine, for a job.

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