Fox News pundit and devout President Donald Trump supporter Sean Hannity had a special message for guests on his radio show on Wednesday who may know of potential crimes: “Don’t talk to the FBI.”
“If you’re like me, and you were—grew up to revere an FBI agent, and the FBI comes to your house, and maybe some crime took place in the neighborhood, and maybe you have a little bit of information, but you don’t quite fully recall everything, but you’re pretty sure you do—the advice I have to give you now is: ‘Don’t talk to the FBI,'” Hannity told listeners. “How awful is that?
“Because we want to help our FBI, because we want to help them solve crimes. We’re good people. We play by the rules. We obey the laws in the country. We pay our taxes. … We want to get the people that are doing bad things because there are enough of them.”
Hannity later connected his earlier point back to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, which he has been openly critical of, and former Trump associates who’ve pleaded guilty and cooperated with the investigation.
“That’s all that they want to fixate on, which is all redacted, and it’s all speculation, and I don’t think anything of what we’re hearing is true, because it just—none of it makes sense, but they get to jump the gun, because they want this all to—they want everybody to believe Donald Trump was colluding with the Russians,” Hannity added.
The Washington Post’s Philip Bump pointed out in an analysis piece Thursday that, about a decade ago, Hannity publicly pushed for more “snitching” to authorities after rapper Cam’ron said he didn’t believe in talking to the police in a 60 Minutes interview. The Fox host’s view has clearly changed in the intervening years.
Back in 2007, Hannity had a completely different take on “snitching” to authorities.
2007: "It's called the stop snitching campaign and it is taking urban communities by storm. The purpose? Do not cooperate with police on a crime that you witnessed no matter how bad." https://t.co/OCBGh2g8L1
2018: "Don't talk to the FBI." pic.twitter.com/WVYLxc3E2X
— Steve Reilly (@BySteveReilly) December 6, 2018
As The Washington Post’s Philip Bump pointed out in an analysis piece Thursday, Hannity publicly pushed at the time for more “snitching” to authorities after rapper Cam’ron said he didn’t believe in talking to the police in a 60 Minutes interview.
“It’s called the ‘stop snitching’ campaign, and it is taking urban communities by storm. The purpose? Do not cooperate with police on a crime you witnessed, no matter how bad. And the result is crimes across America are going unsolved,” he said. “What makes this movement more disturbing is that this back-room code of silence is being marketed by big corporations and fueled by the rap-music industry.”