Sean Hannity spent 17 minutes of his Fox News show Monday night talking to a man nicknamed “Mr. Fix It,” a demure figure who claimed to have paid off tabloid journalists in the ’90s to soften articles about the Clintons.
Jeff Rovin, the subject of what Hannity called “a 16 month investigation” by the supermarket tabloid National Enquirer into what Rovin claims was his role “fixing” tricky political situations for the Clintons, mostly appeared regretful that stories he described as “salacious” and “hyperbolic” were making such a large impact on this year’s presidential election.
“The New York Ties has become the Enquirer, the Enquirer has become the New York Times, we’ve got to set it right again,” he said.
Later in the interview, Rovin claimed that he had paid off various tabloid journalists to “soften” upcoming stories about the Clintons—though he never had to kill stories outright, he noted—while he had never done as much with “New York Times or CBS” journalists.
“Was there a sort of a subtle threat given?” Hannity asked eagerly of the journalists Rovin claimed to have worked with. “A sort of, ‘you’re going to shut up now’? That’s a serious question!”
“Most of the time it was just money, no threats,” Rovin replied.
When Hannity asked if he would divulge any of the stories he claims to have spoken to Hillary Clinton about, Rovin demurred.
“I’d rather not at this point,” he said sheepishly.
“This is a big part of the story,” Hannity insisted. “This is important.”
“Yeah,” Rovin admitted, before changing the topic.
“Was there ever threats, if you either knock it off or break your legs? I watch a lot of movies,” Hannity said.
Rovin insisted again that there weren’t any such threats.
“There was an open marriage with the Clintons?” Hannity probed.
“So it’s been said,” Rovin replied, frustrating the host.
Hannity appeared deflated. His primetime interview with Rovin had slowly become less about the Clintons and more about just how little it takes to get a story on the front page of the Enquirer, a tabloid that months ago gave Trump what is still one of his only editorial page endorsements, and that published a bonkers, unsubstantiated story amplified by Trump ahead of the Iowa caucuses that Sen. Ted Cruz’s father (R-TX) was somehow tied to the Kennedy assassination.
Watch the full interview here, or the first 10 minutes of it below: