“Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough on Friday burst out laughing after playing a clip of Fox News host Sean Hannity being forced to confirm a report that President Trump tried to fire special counsel Robert Mueller just minutes after telling his viewers he couldn’t confirm it and calling into question the credibility of The New York Times.
On his show Thursday night, Hannity brushed off a Times report that President Trump ordered White House counsel Don McGahn to fire Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the Russia probe, calling it a distraction and claiming that “The New York Times is trying to distract you.”
“Our sources, and I’ve checked in with many of them, they’re not confirming that tonight,” Hannity said. “And the president’s attorney dismissed the story and says ‘nope, no comment, we’re not going there tonight.'”
Minutes later, Hannity shrugged as he was forced to confirm the New York Times report.
“All right, so we have sources tonight just confirming to Ed Henry that, maybe, yeah, Donald Trump wanted to fire the special counsel for conflict. Does he not have the right to raise those questions?” Hannity asked.
“You know, we’ll deal with this tomorrow,” he said, before pivoting to a video of a car crash in Arizona.
“Morning Joe” aired a montage of Hannity’s coverage of the report, which led Scarborough to burst out into a fit of laughter.
“Look over there! It’s straight out of the Carville handbook,” Scarborough said.
“Look at the car wreck, look at the car wreck! Oh my god, I don’t even know where to begin,” the MSNBC host said.