Even as various cable news hosts have taken various positions on the Trump-Russia scandal and investigation, and most Fox News personalities have landed somewhere on the side of Donald Trump, one of them has stood out as almost comically being married to the idea that Trump is an innocent victim: Sean Hannity. On Monday, after the FBI raided the office and residence of Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen, suffice it to say that Hannity didn’t take the news particularly well.
Sean Hannity often speaks with Donald Trump privately, and therefore often acts as a mouthpiece for the things Trump wishes he could say and do. Hannity announced on his Fox News shows on Monday night that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has “declared war against the president” and then rather ludicrously went on to insist that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein be “impeached.”
The notion of impeaching Rosenstein is surreal for a few reasons. For one thing, Trump has the power to simply fire Rosenstein, though he’s consistently made clear that he’s afraid to do so, presumably for fear that it could cause his teetering presidency to collapse amid the resulting chaos. Hannity is instead demanding that Rosenstein be impeached, even though there would be no grounds for it, and even though it’s Congress (not the president) who has the power to impeach someone in Rosenstein’s position.
In other words, Donald Trump and his mouthpiece Sean Hannity are fantasizing about Congress impeaching Rod Rosenstein. While the Republican-contolled House and Senate have largely allowed Trump to get away with committing any crimes he wants while in office, Congress has also largely sided with Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein when it comes to the investigation into Trump’s crimes before taking office. Rosenstein isn’t going to be impeached, and it’s telling that Hannity is now resorting to this kind of wishful thinking.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report