'Half of these Questions Are Dumb Anyway': Sean Hannity Flips Out over NYT's Report on Mueller's Questions for Trump

Fox News' Sean Hannity was not happy about Monday night's New York Times story that detailed dozens of questions special counsel Robert Mueller would like to ask President Donald Trump.

The questions in the report focus on what Trump knew about potential collusion with Russia during the 2016 campaign and about his actions with regard to the FBI's investigation of the matter. Many questions probe his state of mind and intentions at various points while he undertook certain actions.

"This New York Times thing?" Hannity said. "Put it in your fireplace and burn it. Because we have sources that say — half of these questions are dumb anyway. 'What was in your mind at the time?' You don't punish people, or charge people — not that you can charge a sitting president — and the president has any right to fire whoever he wants — for the thoughts they have in their head."

In his haste to dismiss the reporting, Hannity made several obvious errors. The most glaring is that law enforcement officials charge people based on an individual' state of mind all the time. Murder, for instance, is distinguished from manslaughter, because of the state of mind of the person who carried out the killing. Obstruction of justice, like many other crimes, is a crime of intent, which requires a certain state of mind which investigators try to ascertain.

Watch the clip below:

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.