A federal judge on Friday ordered the release of text messages between Ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Fox News right-wing commentator Sean Hannity.
Manafort and Hannity can be seen in initial chats discussing the FBI raid on Manafort’s home, and the Fox personality and ally of President Donald Trump repeatedly expresses sympathy and offers support to the former Trump campaign chief.
“The media is trying to split me with DT and family by lies and untruths,” Manafort wrote to Hannity in August 2017. “It is such a dirty game.”
In another, Manafort says: “I have new lawyers who are junk yard dogs and will undo a lot of this injustice. But it is going to be a painful and expensive fight for me.”
Hannity, for his part, offers Manafort consoling words and an open invitation to his show.
“If you ever just want to talk, grab dinner, vent, strategize — whatever, I am here,” Hannity wrote. “I know this is very hard. Stand tall and strong.”
Hannity and Manafort, who is serving a 7 1/2 year prison sentence on charges brought by ex-special counsel Robert Mueller, sometimes texted multiple times a day between July 2017 and June 2018, according to the newly-released court documents.
In late January of this year, Manafort said in one message, “Sean, per our conversation this morning, my attorney — Kevin Downing — will call you at 11:30 am tomorrow. He will update you on what we are doing and how it connects to your reporting. What number should I give him to call you?”
Hannity replies, “Awesome,” and says “I asked him to feed me every day” and later says, “HE HAS TO SEND ME STUFF.”
he messages were initially filed under seal as an attachment to a government sentencing memo in February. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, the judge overseeing Manafort’s case, ordered them released on Friday.
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