Hannity Bought 11 Homes From Property Dealer Convicted of Bank Fraud and Conspiracy (Report)

Sean Hannity’s real estate empire came under new scrutiny Monday evening after the Guardian published another scoop where it revealed that Hannity’s involvement with a shady property dealer.
According to the British broadsheet, which first …

Sean Hannity’s real estate empire came under new scrutiny Monday evening after the Guardian published another scoop where it revealed that Hannity’s involvement with a shady property dealer.

According to the British broadsheet, which first revealed the Fox News host’s vast real estate holdings, one of Hannity’s LLCs had purchased a home from Georgia broker Jeff Brock. In 2016, Brock pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bank fraud relating to a scheme he cooked up to rig auction prices for foreclosed homes.

The paper identified at least 12 properties in Georgia that ultimately passed from Brock to Hannity. Reps for Hannity did not immediately respond to request for comment on the matter, but a lawyer for Hannity, Christopher Reeves, told the Guardian that his client had no personal involvement with the specific purchases.

On Monday, Hannity struck back at critics saying his taste for foreclosure properties in poor U.S. neighborhoods showed his desire to invest in disadvantaged communities.

“It is ironic that I am being attacked for investing my personal money in communities that badly need such investment and in which, I am sure, those attacking me have not invested their money,” said Hannity in a statement posted to his website.

“The fact is, these are investments that I do not individually select, control, or know the details about; except that obviously I believe in putting my money to work in communities that otherwise struggle to receive such support.”

Hannity’s real estate holdings have come under scrutiny ever since news emerged that he had been a client of Trump attorney Michael Cohen. The Fox News firebrand has consistently maintained that he only ever asked Cohen for real estate advice.

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Sean Hannity Defends Investments in Low-Income Housing

Sean Hannity came out swinging Monday, defending his real estate empire and saying that his investment in low-income housing was more than his liberal critics had ever done to help disadvantaged communities.

“It is ironic that I am being attacked for investing my personal money in communities that badly need such investment and in which, I am sure, those attacking me have not invested their money,” said Hannity in a statement posted to his blog.

“The fact is, these are investments that I do not individually select, control, or know the details about; except that obviously I believe in putting my money to work in communities that otherwise struggle to receive such support.”

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Hannity also swatted back news that he had received jumbo mortgage guarantees from HUD, saying he had no personal knowledge or involvement.

“I have never discussed with anybody at HUD the original loans that were obtained in the Obama years, nor the subsequent refinance of such loans, as they are a private matter. I had no role in, or responsibility for, any HUD involvement in any of these investments,” said Hannity.

On Sunday, The Guardian revealed that Hannity had spent the last decade investing heavily in real estate in the United States, using a series of shell companies to amass more than 870 homes across the country. Many were in low-income neighborhoods, which Hannity’s companies purchased out of foreclosure.

Also Read: Hannity’s Desire for Michael Cohen’s Real Estate Advice Explained

Hannity is facing growing scrutiny over his legal involvement with Trump attorney Michael Cohen. Earlier this month Cohen’s Manhattan apartment and offices were raided by the FBI for reasons which still remain mysterious. Hannity was outed as a Cohen client after a federal judge forced the disclosure two weeks ago.

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Sean Hannity came out swinging Monday, defending his real estate empire and saying that his investment in low-income housing was more than his liberal critics had ever done to help disadvantaged communities.

“It is ironic that I am being attacked for investing my personal money in communities that badly need such investment and in which, I am sure, those attacking me have not invested their money,” said Hannity in a statement posted to his blog.

“The fact is, these are investments that I do not individually select, control, or know the details about; except that obviously I believe in putting my money to work in communities that otherwise struggle to receive such support.”

Hannity also swatted back news that he had received jumbo mortgage guarantees from HUD, saying he had no personal knowledge or involvement.

“I have never discussed with anybody at HUD the original loans that were obtained in the Obama years, nor the subsequent refinance of such loans, as they are a private matter. I had no role in, or responsibility for, any HUD involvement in any of these investments,” said Hannity.

On Sunday, The Guardian revealed that Hannity had spent the last decade investing heavily in real estate in the United States, using a series of shell companies to amass more than 870 homes across the country. Many were in low-income neighborhoods, which Hannity’s companies purchased out of foreclosure.

Hannity is facing growing scrutiny over his legal involvement with Trump attorney Michael Cohen. Earlier this month Cohen’s Manhattan apartment and offices were raided by the FBI for reasons which still remain mysterious. Hannity was outed as a Cohen client after a federal judge forced the disclosure two weeks ago.

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Hannity’s Desire for Michael Cohen’s Real Estate Advice Explained

The world got a little more insight into what “real estate” advice Sean Hannity might be receiving from Trump attorney Michael Cohen.
On Sunday evening, The Guardian revealed that the Fox News host is also a real estate baron, with roughly …

The world got a little more insight into what “real estate” advice Sean Hannity might be receiving from Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

On Sunday evening, The Guardian revealed that the Fox News host is also a real estate baron, with roughly 870 properties linked to him across the United States. According to the paper, Hannity amassed the properties over the last decade with a series of shell companies that dropped nearly $90 million on the purchases.

Hannity’s name is hidden behind the LLCs, but the British broadsheet was able to discover his ownership after analyzing thousands of pages of publicly available documents.

Hannity’s purchasing strategy appears to target low-income properties and homes in foreclosure. The conservative firebrand acquired many properties out of debt in 2013. Hannity has also used financing from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development to assist with a $17.9 million mortgage on several properties in Georgia. Those came courtesy of the National Housing Act, with the Hannity-specific loans guaranteed under the Obama administration.

Despite being a practicing attorney, Michael Cohen has primarily spent the last decade working as Donald Trump’s fixer on all matters — both legal and otherwise. After a raid of his home and office two weeks ago, a federal judge forced Cohen to reveal his relationship with two other clients. One of those clients was former RNC finance chairman Elliott Broidy and the other was Sean Hannity.

In a statement on his website, Hannity defended his real estate empire.

“It is ironic that I am being attacked for investing my personal money in communities that badly need such investment and in which, I am sure, those attacking me have not invested their money,”

In an earlier statement, the Fox News said that while they had been surprised by Hannity’s involvement with Cohen, they were standing by the primetime star.

“While Fox News was unaware of Sean Hannity’s informal relationship with Michael Cohen and was surprised by the announcement in court yesterday, we have reviewed the matter and spoken to Sean and he continues to have our full support,” a spokesperson told TheWrap.

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Kanye West Applauds Black Lives Matter Critic; Twitter Responds: ‘This Is So Disturbing’

Kanye West voiced his liking of outspoken, alt-right YouTube personality Candace Owens on Saturday, sending Twitter into a tizzy.

Owens — a frequent guest on Fox News and InfoWars — launched a website and YouTube channel in 2017 called Red Pill Black, which promotes black conservatism. She has hailed President Trump as not “just the leader of the free world, but the savior of it as well,” and has been known to blast Black Lives Matter.

West tweeted Saturday: “I like how Candace Owen thinks.”

I love the way Candace Owens thinks

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 21, 2018

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Upon seeing West’s endorsement, Owens quickly responded: “I’m freaking out. @kanyewest ….please take a meeting with me. I tell every single person that everything that I have been inspired to do, was written in your music. I am my own biggest fan, because you made it okay. I need you to help wake up the black community.”

West giving his nod of approval to Owens didn’t sit well with many of his 11 million followers.

Aside from being an insane alt right race pimp Candace Owens thinks Donald Trump is literally the messiah not you @kanyewest so you might want to reconsider https://t.co/dKVnbi3Ila

— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) April 21, 2018

Candace Owens has proven to be anti-Black, anti-LGBTQ and fact-hating.
(Honestly, there are so many more descriptors.)

For Kanye to align himself with her is messy and dangerous.

— Raquel Willis (@RaquelWillis_) April 21, 2018

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Bruh. This is so disturbing. This says more about you than her.

For those that don’t know Candace Owens thinks Donald Trump is a savior. https://t.co/QH1L1gj4Wi

— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) April 21, 2018

As I’ve said many times before, if I had no dignity I would be a very rich man by now. Candace Owens is making money off of denigrating black folks for her mostly white audience. Same as that Noir guy, same as Stacey Dash, same as Allen West etc. https://t.co/ljA5kgvcS1

— Herb Lawrence (@Ecnerwal23) April 21, 2018

How many times can Kanye signal his affinity for people with anti-Black policies and positions before it takes a toll on how Black fans feel about him?

— Touré (@Toure) April 21, 2018

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The easiest way for a black person to achieve success is by attacking the majority of other black people. It’s a lazy approach to commentary that requires no serious thought or understanding of the impact of 400 years of systemic social, cultural and political oppression. https://t.co/PsEKxoIzus

— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) April 21, 2018

But Owens held her ground and clarified her perspective.

Far right? Allow me to clarify: I believe the black community can do it without hand-outs. I believe the Democrats have strapped us to our past to prevent us from our futures. And I won’t stop fighting until all black Americans see that.
I’m not far right—I’m free. pic.twitter.com/wtqCuYPtM2

— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) April 21, 2018

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West met in December 2016 with then President-elect Donald Trump. TMZ reported at the time that West requested a 15-minute meeting with Trump, who later told reporters, “We discussed life.” Two months later, West deleted all of his tweets supportive of the new president.

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Kanye West voiced his liking of outspoken, alt-right YouTube personality Candace Owens on Saturday, sending Twitter into a tizzy.

Owens — a frequent guest on Fox News and InfoWars — launched a website and YouTube channel in 2017 called Red Pill Black, which promotes black conservatism. She has hailed President Trump as not “just the leader of the free world, but the savior of it as well,” and has been known to blast Black Lives Matter.

West tweeted Saturday: “I like how Candace Owen thinks.”

Upon seeing West’s endorsement, Owens quickly responded: “I’m freaking out. @kanyewest ….please take a meeting with me. I tell every single person that everything that I have been inspired to do, was written in your music. I am my own biggest fan, because you made it okay. I need you to help wake up the black community.”

West giving his nod of approval to Owens didn’t sit well with many of his 11 million followers.

But Owens held her ground and clarified her perspective.

West met in December 2016 with then President-elect Donald Trump. TMZ reported at the time that West requested a 15-minute meeting with Trump, who later told reporters, “We discussed life.” Two months later, West deleted all of his tweets supportive of the new president.

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A Year After Bill O’Reilly Exit, Fox News’ 8 O’Clock Ratings Are Down – But Up From Pre-Trump Years

It’s been one full year since Bill O’Reilly’s abrupt exit from Fox News, and there’s good and bad news for Tucker Carlson, his successor in the 8 p.m. ET slot.

The bad news: Carlson can’t touch the ratings Bill O’Reilly scored during the 2016 election and the first days of the Trump administration. The good news is that Carlson is beating O’Reilly’s ratings from before all that drama broke out.

The other good news: Fox News continues to dominate its competitors, CNN and MSNBC, as the No. 1 network in cable news, including in the 8 o’clock hour.

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O’Reilly’s 2016 and 2017 ratings were spectacular, but they were also amplified by the 2016 presidential election and early weeks of President Donald Trump in the White House. In 2016, O’Reilly rode the Trump train to an average of more than 3.3 million total viewers, and about 573,000 viewers in the key 25-54-year-old demographic coveted by advertisers.

In the first quarter of 2017 — his last full quarter on air — O’Reilly averaged more than 4 million viewers overall and 740,000 in the key demo.

In the first quarter of 2018, his successor, Tucker Carlson, averaged just under 3 million viewers daily, and just over 600,000 viewers in the demo — down from the last two years but beating O’Reilly’s numbers for Q1 of the pre-Trump era 2013, 2014 and 2015.

And he was well ahead of his time-slot competitors. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes was just shy of 2 million viewers and 422,000 in the demo for the first quarter of 2018, while CNN’s Anderson Cooper drew 1.17 million viewers, with 394,000 in the demo for the first hour of “AC360.”

Fox News had no comment for this story.

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O’Reilly was fired from Fox News on April 19, 2017, weeks after the New York Times reported that he and Fox News had paid $13 million in settlements with numerous women who had accused the star of sexual harassment. The news prompted an advertiser boycott that led to his final episodes running almost commercial-free.

After his departure, the Times revealed the existence of an additional O’Reilly settlement totaling $32 million — a deal the New York Times said Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, was aware of.

O’Reilly was fired from Fox News before the broader awareness brought on by the #MeToo movement swept Hollywood and the news media last year.

The host has continued to remain in the public eye, both on Twitter, his own web show and occasionally as a contributor to Newsmax TV.

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It’s been one full year since Bill O’Reilly’s abrupt exit from Fox News, and there’s good and bad news for Tucker Carlson, his successor in the 8 p.m. ET slot.

The bad news: Carlson can’t touch the ratings Bill O’Reilly scored during the 2016 election and the first days of the Trump administration. The good news is that Carlson is beating O’Reilly’s ratings from before all that drama broke out.

The other good news: Fox News continues to dominate its competitors, CNN and MSNBC, as the No. 1 network in cable news, including in the 8 o’clock hour.

O’Reilly’s 2016 and 2017 ratings were spectacular, but they were also amplified by the 2016 presidential election and early weeks of President Donald Trump in the White House. In 2016, O’Reilly rode the Trump train to an average of more than 3.3 million total viewers, and about 573,000 viewers in the key 25-54-year-old demographic coveted by advertisers.

In the first quarter of 2017 — his last full quarter on air — O’Reilly averaged more than 4 million viewers overall and 740,000 in the key demo.

In the first quarter of 2018, his successor, Tucker Carlson, averaged just under 3 million viewers daily, and just over 600,000 viewers in the demo — down from the last two years but beating O’Reilly’s numbers for Q1 of the pre-Trump era 2013, 2014 and 2015.

And he was well ahead of his time-slot competitors. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes was just shy of 2 million viewers and 422,000 in the demo for the first quarter of 2018, while CNN’s Anderson Cooper drew 1.17 million viewers, with 394,000 in the demo for the first hour of “AC360.”

Fox News had no comment for this story.

O’Reilly was fired from Fox News on April 19, 2017, weeks after the New York Times reported that he and Fox News had paid $13 million in settlements with numerous women who had accused the star of sexual harassment. The news prompted an advertiser boycott that led to his final episodes running almost commercial-free.

After his departure, the Times revealed the existence of an additional O’Reilly settlement totaling $32 million — a deal the New York Times said Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, was aware of.

O’Reilly was fired from Fox News before the broader awareness brought on by the #MeToo movement swept Hollywood and the news media last year.

The host has continued to remain in the public eye, both on Twitter, his own web show and occasionally as a contributor to Newsmax TV.

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Laura Ingraham Gets Trolled by Her Own Guest: ‘Where’s Your Sponsors?’

Things got ugly on the set of the “Ingraham Angle” Wednesday evening when a show guest taunted Laura Ingraham to her face  about the advertiser boycott currently plaguing her program.

“Where’s your sponsors? David Hogg got rid of half of them,” mocked Enrique Morones of Border Angels, an immigrant rights group.

“A high school kid shut you down,” he added.

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“Poor Enrique is trying to make waves,” said a visibly annoyed Ingraham, who promptly booted Morones from the set.

The moment was precipitated by Ingraham’s blasting of Morones for being rude to another guest. With Morones off the show, the Fox News host was left alone with John Cox, a GOP candidate for governor of California, but she interested in any further analysis from him — and did her best to disarm the Morones affair.

“It’s very important for people watching the show tonight to understand that what just happened with a rabid pro-illegal immigration activist — and he is that. But, we still invited him on, because it’s fun to have a spirited debate. But what you just saw is what we talked about on Monday of a week ago, which was the attempt of the left to demonize those with whom they disagree,” Ingraham said.

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“We didn’t demonize Mr. Morones,” she added. “They go personal because they’re losing on the facts.”

The advertiser boycott is a sensitive issue for Ingraham, whose show has hemorrhaged more than two dozen sponsors since she mocked Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg for not getting accepted to a number of universities he had applied to.

Though some advertisers have returned — the show has been running with noticeably fewer commercials, since Ingraham returned from a “vacation” two weeks ago.

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Things got ugly on the set of the “Ingraham Angle” Wednesday evening when a show guest taunted Laura Ingraham to her face  about the advertiser boycott currently plaguing her program.

“Where’s your sponsors? David Hogg got rid of half of them,” mocked Enrique Morones of Border Angels, an immigrant rights group.

“A high school kid shut you down,” he added.

“Poor Enrique is trying to make waves,” said a visibly annoyed Ingraham, who promptly booted Morones from the set.

The moment was precipitated by Ingraham’s blasting of Morones for being rude to another guest. With Morones off the show, the Fox News host was left alone with John Cox, a GOP candidate for governor of California, but she interested in any further analysis from him — and did her best to disarm the Morones affair.

“It’s very important for people watching the show tonight to understand that what just happened with a rabid pro-illegal immigration activist — and he is that. But, we still invited him on, because it’s fun to have a spirited debate. But what you just saw is what we talked about on Monday of a week ago, which was the attempt of the left to demonize those with whom they disagree,” Ingraham said.

“We didn’t demonize Mr. Morones,” she added. “They go personal because they’re losing on the facts.”

The advertiser boycott is a sensitive issue for Ingraham, whose show has hemorrhaged more than two dozen sponsors since she mocked Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg for not getting accepted to a number of universities he had applied to.

Though some advertisers have returned — the show has been running with noticeably fewer commercials, since Ingraham returned from a “vacation” two weeks ago.

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Fox News Employees Split Over Sean Hannity Disclosure: ‘I’m F-ing Livid’ to ‘It’s a Nothing Burger’

Fox News employees are divided over the news that Sean Hannity had been named as a client of Donald Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen even as the primetime star downplayed the nature of their professional connection — with one staffer calling the story “a nothing burger” and another suggesting the host may have violated company guidelines.

“I’m f—ing livid,” one senior channel staffer told TheWrap Wednesday over Hannity’s failure to disclose the relationship in his on-air discussions about Cohen, who has been at the center of many a news story in recent months. The staffer also voiced disappointment that the network has not sent any communication to employees over the issue.

“We’re left to reading press reports to find out what’s going on, what the company knew about this potential conflict of interest and what it is doing to investigate Sean Hannity’s public claims,” the staffer said.

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The same individual also said Hannity’s conduct appeared to be in violation of acceptable behavior found within Fox News employee handbook, which reads in part:

“Conflicts between your private interests and the legitimate business interests of this Company generally arise when your personal interests or affiliations run counter to your responsibilities at work … You should not improperly use your position or resources of the Company in order to benefit yourself, your relatives, your friends or other businesses.”

Both Fox News and 21st Century Fox did not immediately respond to inquiries over whether Hannity had run afoul of company rules.

Other Fox News employees met the Hannity disclosure with a shrug. “Do I care personally? F— no,” one on-air talent told TheWrap. “Sean Hannity is still the No. 1 player in all of Fox shows. This isn’t such an egregious act that he would be fired. He’s not a journalist.”

“If this was something really serious, if they go in and find out something else — if there was a payment or something salacious or borderline illegal — I think that’s when it becomes a very, very big deal,” the individual added.

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“A lot of the talk in the newsroom was kind of like poking fun at CNN’s complete obsession [with the story],” a third network staffer told TheWrap, adding that Fox News overseer Rupert Murdoch seemed unlikely to discipline its top star especially with another primetime host, Laura Ingraham, enduring an advertiser boycott over a tweet about high school anti-gun-violence activist David Hogg.

“There was talk that [Rupert] Murdoch didn’t like the way the Laura Ingraham situation was handled,” the staffer said. “Murdoch likes to be tough. When I heard that, I assumed Hannity was going to get a pass.”

On Tuesday, Fox News issued a statement that the company had been “surprised” by Hannity’s “informal relationship” with Cohen but that “he continues to have our full support.”

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Still, Hannity has faced heat from some colleagues, including network analyst Alan Dershowitz, who handed Hannity a public rebuke on his Hannity’s own show Monday evening.

“I do want to say that I really think that you should have disclosed your relationship with Cohen when you talked about him on this show,” the Harvard law professor chided. “You could have said just that you had asked him for advice or whatever, but I think it would have been much, much better had you disclosed that relationship.”

Cohen has served as Donald Trump’s attorney fixer for a decade and according to the disclosure in federal court Monday also represented two other clients, Sean Hannity and former Republican National Committee Finance Chairman Elliott Broidy.

While Hannity has insisted his consultations with Cohen were limited and confined to real estate matters, the Trump attorney was directly involved in facilitating cash payments to women who have accused both Trump and Broidy of sexual affairs.

 

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Fox News employees are divided over the news that Sean Hannity had been named as a client of Donald Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen even as the primetime star downplayed the nature of their professional connection — with one staffer calling the story “a nothing burger” and another suggesting the host may have violated company guidelines.

“I’m f—ing livid,” one senior channel staffer told TheWrap Wednesday over Hannity’s failure to disclose the relationship in his on-air discussions about Cohen, who has been at the center of many a news story in recent months. The staffer also voiced disappointment that the network has not sent any communication to employees over the issue.

“We’re left to reading press reports to find out what’s going on, what the company knew about this potential conflict of interest and what it is doing to investigate Sean Hannity’s public claims,” the staffer said.

The same individual also said Hannity’s conduct appeared to be in violation of acceptable behavior found within Fox News employee handbook, which reads in part:

“Conflicts between your private interests and the legitimate business interests of this Company generally arise when your personal interests or affiliations run counter to your responsibilities at work … You should not improperly use your position or resources of the Company in order to benefit yourself, your relatives, your friends or other businesses.”

Both Fox News and 21st Century Fox did not immediately respond to inquiries over whether Hannity had run afoul of company rules.

Other Fox News employees met the Hannity disclosure with a shrug. “Do I care personally? F— no,” one on-air talent told TheWrap. “Sean Hannity is still the No. 1 player in all of Fox shows. This isn’t such an egregious act that he would be fired. He’s not a journalist.”

“If this was something really serious, if they go in and find out something else — if there was a payment or something salacious or borderline illegal — I think that’s when it becomes a very, very big deal,” the individual added.

“A lot of the talk in the newsroom was kind of like poking fun at CNN’s complete obsession [with the story],” a third network staffer told TheWrap, adding that Fox News overseer Rupert Murdoch seemed unlikely to discipline its top star especially with another primetime host, Laura Ingraham, enduring an advertiser boycott over a tweet about high school anti-gun-violence activist David Hogg.

“There was talk that [Rupert] Murdoch didn’t like the way the Laura Ingraham situation was handled,” the staffer said. “Murdoch likes to be tough. When I heard that, I assumed Hannity was going to get a pass.”

On Tuesday, Fox News issued a statement that the company had been “surprised” by Hannity’s “informal relationship” with Cohen but that “he continues to have our full support.”

Still, Hannity has faced heat from some colleagues, including network analyst Alan Dershowitz, who handed Hannity a public rebuke on his Hannity’s own show Monday evening.

“I do want to say that I really think that you should have disclosed your relationship with Cohen when you talked about him on this show,” the Harvard law professor chided. “You could have said just that you had asked him for advice or whatever, but I think it would have been much, much better had you disclosed that relationship.”

Cohen has served as Donald Trump’s attorney fixer for a decade and according to the disclosure in federal court Monday also represented two other clients, Sean Hannity and former Republican National Committee Finance Chairman Elliott Broidy.

While Hannity has insisted his consultations with Cohen were limited and confined to real estate matters, the Trump attorney was directly involved in facilitating cash payments to women who have accused both Trump and Broidy of sexual affairs.

 

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