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Hannity spent large portions of his texts with Manafort discussing (and rehashing) episodes of his own television Online Cigarettes Store USA show. He complained about never-Trumpers, Hillary Clinton, and the special counsel’s investigation.
Hannity also repeatedly invited Manafort on TV, saying it would give to defend himself against Mueller’s prosecutors. Newport 100s Box Hannity told Manafort to connect him with his lawyer to get information on important developments. Manafort repeatedly declined, citing a court gag order restricting him from publicly discussing his case.But the text messages were perhaps the most blatant behind-the-scenes look at how cozy the host was with Manafort, the subject of hours of news coverage on Fox and Hannity’s show in particular.
Hannity in one instance declared he was “NOT a fair weather friend,” and told Manafort how unfairly he believed he was being treated.
Throughout Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecution of Paul Manafort, he found a willing and enthusiastic ally and confidante: Fox News host and presidential pal Sean Hannity.
On Friday, a D.C. federal judge released dozens of pages of private text messages between the former Trump campaign chairman and Hannity, who at one point offered “anything I can do to help.”
The messages show Hannity apparently reached out shortly after the FBI raided Manafort’s Alexandria, Virginia apartment in August 2017. Hannity checked in on Manafort throughout the course of the special counsel’s investigation and prosecution of him, asking if he was OK. Like many other higher-ups in Trump’s orbit, Manafort maintained a friendly relationship with Hannity during the 2016 election and kept in touch after he left the Trump campaign in August 2016.
The special counsel’s office charged Manafort with tax and bank fraud counts in Virginia and tried Cheap Newport 100s cigarettes him in a separate case in Washington, D.C. for acting as an unregistered foreign agent, money laundering and obstruction of justice.