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In his Opening Monologue, Sean Hannity praised a federal district judge who he said "excoriated" Robert Mueller's legal team in their case against political consultant and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Hannity said Judge Thomas S. Ellis III of the Eastern District of Virginia "courageously [stood] up to this totally out-of-control witch hunt" against President Donald Trump.

Ellis told Mueller's attorneys that they "don't really care about Mr. Manafort. You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead you to Mr. Trump and an impeachment, or whatever."

The judge added that the court doesn't want anyone to have "unfettered power."

Hannity called Ellis' remarks the "single biggest beatdown I have ever seen in my life [carried out] by a judge" and an "utter rebuke" of Mueller.

Ellis confirmed that there is "nothing Mueller won't do to malign this president and everyone around him," Hannity said.

Hannity also said a battle is ensuing over the rule of law and prominence of the Constitution.

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