Hannity To Clinton: ‘Bring It On’
Fox News host Sean Hannity hit back at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, daring her to sue after she rebuked the network over its coverage of special counsel John Durham’s Trump-Russia probe.
“It’s funny, the more trouble Trump gets into, the wilder the charges and conspiracy theories about me seem to get,” Clinton said.
Clinton criticized the “conspiracy theories about me” in Fox’s coverage of the Durham probe.
“Fox leads the charge with accusations against me, counting on their audience to fall for it again,” she said.
“They’re getting awfully close to actual malice in their attacks,” Clinton said.
“Actual malice” is a legal standard a public figure must show when bringing a libel case against a defendant. The Supreme Court has ruled that “actual malice” means a defendant made a defamatory statement “with knowledge that it was false or with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not.”
Her words did not go unnoticed by Hannity, who blasted the remarks on his show.
“It’s called discovery and it’s called depositions,” he said.
“Bring it on. Malice? Really? It’s called news. Hillary, we invite you to bring it on. It’s from a legal filing we quoted exactly from the filing that was put in federal court.”