Fox News Channel’s conservative pundit Sean Hannity has included Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel nominee Dawn Johnsen in his list of President Barack “Obama’s New Radical Friends,” found in the second chapter of his new book.
Johnsen is the final “friend” named on the 15-person list included in Hannity’s book “Conservative Victory: Defeating Obama’s Radical Agenda,” which was released Tuesday. Hannity, like other conservatives, is unhappy with Johnsen’s pro-abortion views and her opposition to Bush administration terrorism policies.
The OLC nominee’s compatriots on the Hannity list include such Obama associates as advisers Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod. See the full list here from U.S. News and World Report’s Washington Whispers blog, which also reviewed the book.
“The truth about him and his inner circle is stranger than fiction,” Hannity wrote in his book. “He couldn’t be more of a Manchurian candidate if he were auditioning for a role in the movie. This stuff is just too bizarre for most Americans to process: An actual Marxist in the White House who has surrounded himself with like-minded miscreants.”
Johnsen’s nomination was sent to the Senate floor by the Judiciary Committee on March 4 along a party-line vote.
It was the second time she was reported out of committee on a party-line vote. The panel first moved her out of committee by a 11-7 vote on March 19, 2009, with then-Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania voting “pass.” Her nomination languished in the Senate for more than nine months before it was returned to the White House in December. Obama re-nominated her in January.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) criticized Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to prosecute Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other suspected terrorists in federal court on Sean Hannity’s program this weekend
Sessions, who appeared at a ceremonial event with Holder on Friday, called the Attorney General’s decision “unthinkable” on Hannity’s “Terror on Trial” special.
- Guiliani: “And what is the only justification for this? The justification for it is we are going to show the world that we can give a fair trial. Well, the reality is the president and the attorney general, as far as I can tell, have already said he is guilty. And they have already said he should have the death penalty. What kind of trial is that?”
- Mukasey: “KSM’s first response when he was captured I will see New York with my lawyer. He got instead a military commission. Now, of course, he is getting the fate of his dreams, which is a courtroom in New York City.”
- Sessions: “It’s unthinkable to me. And I have not been able to understand it. There is no doubt about it. All the nations of the world provide for these kinds of trials outside their normal system for people who are attacking them, warriors, unlawful combatants, people who are trying to destroy the government of which they are a part.”
View the entire program on YouTube, also embedded below, along with a slideshow of photos from the filming of the episode.