'I'm being attacked': Hannity responds to media blitz over his properties

Frank Bruni Alex Wagner and Gov. Jay Inslee

Frank Bruni Alex Wagner and Gov. Jay Inslee

A shell company linked to Fox News host Sean Hannity purchased a condominium near Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow for more than twice the assessed value, according to state records. BEN CARSON on his shows and interviewed CARSON on his TV show last JUNE.

The Guardian reported that Hannity has investments in shell companies that have bought real estate properties discounted after banks foreclosed on the mortgages of their previous owners.

Swaine noted that Hannity's investment strategy was "confirmed by thousands of pages of public records reviewed by the Guardian", but later in the article wrote, "A Hud source said Hannity was identified in non-public filings as the 100% owner of the apartment complexes".

The Guardian revealed Hannity's real estate investments on Sunday in a piece investigating the bombshell news of his connection with President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen - another connection, which the talk show host failed to disclose to viewers.

As a pundit on Fox News, Sean Hannity decried the nation's high foreclosure rate under President Barack Obama. In January 2016, Hannity said there were "millions more Americans suffering under this president" partly because of foreclosures.

During that segment, Hannity praised Carson, telling him, "you've done a good job". Among the documents the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized from Cohen were details on the real estate investments.

So far, neither HUD nor Fox News commented on these new details about Hannity and his apparent ethical issues.

Hannity's real estate attorney Christopher Reeve said his client's property holdings were "highly confidential" and not relevant to the public. Michael Cohen case shines light on Sean Hannity's property empire tells an all too familiar tale of Mr. Hannity not disclosing personal and business relationships to his audience.

Numerous properties were purchased in 2013, when banks seized properties for mortgage default, meaning Hannity benefited from foreclosures despite his prior criticism of former President Barack Obama for the country's foreclosure rate. A principal at the firm, Bill Lako, has appeared on Hannity's radio show and has written for the show's website. The shell companies formed in Georgia reportedly purchased properties in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Texas and Vermont. There was no indication that Carson was personally involved in the process.

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