Just when you thought things couldn’t get any muddier for Fox News host Sean Hannity, they actually did.
The right-wing propagandist is linked to a group of shell companies that have spent $90 million buying hundreds of homes across the U.S through the help of foreclosures and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), The Guardian reported Sunday.
Several of the properties Hannity purchase were obtained with funding help from HUD, according to the newspaper.
As noted by The Guardian, Hannity did not disclose his cooperation with HUD when he had the agency’s current secretary, Ben Carson, on his show last June.
During that segment, Hannity praised Carson, telling him, “you’ve done a good job.”
Hannity also railed against the state of public housing and made the false claim that home ownership was at a 51-year-low, the Guardian reported.
“I like the idea of them owning the place,” Hannity said of people who receive housing assistance from Carson’s agency.
“Well, that’s the real ideal,” said Carson.
Hannity also never disclosed that he was also a client of President Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, during any of his segments complaining about the FBI investigation into Cohen.
The Fox host, however, has criticized former President Obama in the past for the rate of US foreclosures, saying in 2016 there were “millions more Americans suffering under this president.”
According to the report, Hannity’s properties were bought at a discount with the help of HUD after their previous owners defaulted on their mortgages.
Hannity is the hidden owner behind some of these shell companies, a fact his attorney did not dispute in a statement to the newspaper.
Each company uses a variation of the same name mixed with the initials of Hannity’s children, according to The Guardian.
Properties are located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Texas and Vermont, the news outlet reported.