Text messages between Fox News host Sean Hannity and the former trump-campaign-manager Paul Manafort have been published, shows that the two indignant about the Russian probe, and the concern for the direction of the country.
The 56 pages of messages that were sent, were made in 2017 and 2018, to the public by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson.
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Hannity, in a statement, said that the text messages show nothing of what he said on the air.
“My views of the special counsel investigation and treatment by Paul Manafort have been clearly every day, who listens to my radio show or watch my TV show” Hannity said.
In the text messages, the two men discussed elements of the Special Counsel, Robert Müller Russia probe. Manafort was convicted on charges by the probe, which focused on the Russian interference and possible collusion with trump campaign associates during the 2016 presidential elections.
Manafort was map the first trump of the campaign, was found guilty by a jury as part of the Müller-probe.
Manafort, in March, was sentenced in Federal court to nearly seven years in prison — a sentence that is bound to a confession in connection with foreign lobbying and witness tampering. Manafort known also guilty of committing various financial crimes, including tax evasion and non-registration of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) in terms of its foreign lobbying for Ukraine.
The newly-released text messages, the two men time Manafort discussed the case and what both the perceived injustice of the Müller tactics.
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“The media are trying to split, me with DT and family through lies and falsehoods. It is like a dirty game”, Manafort texted Hannity in August 2017.
“I pray that God will give you grace and peace in this difficult time. To talk if you ever want to just, grab dinner, vent, strategically-whatever, I’m here. I know this is very difficult. You stand upright and strong,” Hannity Manafort written in the same month.
Hannity also texted Manafort expressed concerns he had about the impact of possible corruption on the country.
“I care about this amazing country with sooo soo [sic], and of course, experience unreal corruption. And I’m going to fight for the country I love. And if you win, it wrote to be that way,” the Fox News host.
Hannity pushed back to Manafort requested in an exchange with the host to promote a GoFundMe to cover the costs associated with his defense.
According to Manafort, who made the request, replied to Hannity: “Paul, it may be a problem with Fox. I need to get the ok. Hope u understand.”
Manafort prison in New York City, has been transferred to a Federal late on Monday night, ahead of his pending state court proceedings.
In the state case, Manafort, was indicted in New York in March on a series of charges, including residential mortgage fraud, conspiracy, and other counts claiming that Manafort and other fake business documents to illegally obtain millions of dollars. If convicted of all costs, Manafort could face up to 25 years in prison.