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Newt Gingrich
Sean was joined by former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich to talk about President Obama’s use of executive privilege in the Fast and Furious case. . “I think this is going to be very interesting,” began Hannity, “For a President who spoke out against the use of executive privilege, there’s going to be a huge backlash because it’s clear that the President is hiding something.” “He does look like he’s hiding something,” agreed Gingrich, “This is weird because they’re leaking national secrets which you should keep secret while they’re trying to hide internal bureaucratic arguments which are totally accessible by Congressional investigation.” “He hasn’t stated a relevant reason for hiding this information,” offered Hannity, “It seems that the White House’s official response is that America doesn’t care.” “Executive privilege involves something involving the President,” explained Gingrich,” These requests are about what went on in the Justice Department.” While it’s obvious the President would like this scandal to pass by, his hiding behind executive privilege isn’t likely going to make that happen. If he needs any advice, perhaps he should read up on President Nixon’s career. To follow Speaker Gingrich’s goings on, check out his new newsletter at GingrichProductions.com.

Karl Rove
Karl Rove stopped by the show to talk about the 2012 election from the perspective of someone who successfully led two presidential elections. “What do you make of the White House’s invoking executive privilege after eighteen months,” asked Hannity. “President Obama was so skeptical of executive privilege while he was a candidate,” responded Rove, “The White House is trying to extend the privilege from the president and his top aides to his cabinet and that’s just mind-numbing.” If you stop and think about it, the entire Executive Branch would, if President Obama were to have his way, be protected by executive privilege. If that were to be the case, the balance of power that forms the backbone of our government would be violated and the Presidency would then wield unprecedented power. A very scary thought after what we’ve seen the last four years. To listen to Sean’s interview with Karl Rove, click here.

Austan Goolsbee
Former Council of Economic Advisors to President Obama, Austan Goolsbee, joined Sean to talk about the future of the economy. “Look at the economy,” began Hannity, “The President had both houses of Congress and he said we’d have to pass the stimulus or we’d have a controversy, he had everything he wanted.” Sean continued, “When Paul Ryan came out with his plan, the President has repeatedly said that Republicans want old people to die and dirty air and water.” “When the President came forward on the stimulus there was universal filibustering by the Republicans,” countered Goolsbee. “What happened to the guy who would cut the deficit in half and end earmarks,” pressed Hannity, “What happened to that guy and all his promises?” “There are no earmarks,” countered Goolsbee, “We passed giant tax extensions which we knew would impact the deficit.” It'll be interesting to see if America remembers all the promises that were made.

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Newt Gingrich

Newton Leroy "Newt" Gingrich (born Newton Leroy McPherson ; June 17, 1943) is an American politician who served as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. In 1995, Time magazine selected him as the Person of the Year for his role in leading the Republican Revolution in the House, ending 40 years of the Democratic Party being in the majority. During his tenure as Speaker, he represented the public face of the Republican opposition to Bill Clinton . A college history professor, political leader, and author, Gingrich twice ran unsuccessfully for the House before winning a seat in the election of November 1978. He was re-elected 10 times, and his activism as a member of the House's Republican minority eventually enabled him to succeed Dick Cheney as House Minority Whip in 1989. As a co-author of the 1994 Contract with America , Gingrich was in the forefront of the Republican Party's dramatic success in that... More >

Karl Rove

Karl Christian Rove (born December 25, 1950) was Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to former President George W. Bush until his resignation on August 31, 2007. He has headed the Office of Political Affairs, the Office of Public Liaison , and the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives . Since leaving the White House , Rove has worked as a political analyst and contributor for Fox News , Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal . For most of his career prior to his employment at the White House, Rove was a political consultant almost exclusively for Republican candidates. Rove's campaign clients have included Bush (2000 and 2004 presidential elections, 1994 and 1998 Texas gubernatorial elections), Senator John Ashcroft (1994 U.S. Senate election), Bill Clements (1986 Texas gubernatorial election), Senator John Cornyn (2002 U.S. Senate election), Governor Rick Perry (1990 Texas Agriculture Commission election), and Phil Gramm (1982... More >

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