Michael Cohen case shines light on Sean Hannity's real estate empire


The Guardian reported that Hannity is linked to a web of shell companies that spent at least $90 million buying more than 870 homes across seven states.

Hannity also appeared to take issue with The Guardian's description of the LLCs used to purchase the properties as "shell companies".

According to a review of publicly available records, Hannity is the "hidden" owner behind multiple shell companies, each using variations of the same set of letters (the initials of his children). Hannity did not disclose his cooperation with HUD when he had HUD Secretary Ben Carson on his show in June 2017. They were recently increased by $5 million with renewed support from the Trump administration.

Fitton, a frequent guest of Hannity's on the Fox News Channel, questioned the timing of the story by Jon Swaine, titled "Michael Cohen case shines light on Sean Hannity's real estate empire", and its revelation of the radio and television host's private information in the wake of the raid on Michael Cohen.

Christopher Reeves, Hannity's real estate attorney, also not dispute the report in an email to The Guardian, describing Hannity's holdings as highly confidential.

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When news broke in open court that Sean Hannity was the secret third client of President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen, many raised concerns over his ethics because he had not disclosed the professional relationship.

"I don't know that there's anything nefarious that went on between Mr. Hannity and Mr. Cohen, or that there was any NDA-type involvement or anything of that nature".

Hannity was widely criticized for not disclosing the relationship with Cohen on his program, where he blasted the investigation. In January 2016, Hannity said there were "millions more Americans suffering under this president" partly because of foreclosures.

Hannity has purchased properties in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Texas and Vermont.

The host, however, has criticized former President Obama in the past for the rate of United States foreclosures, saying in 2016 there were "millions more Americans suffering under this president". Daniels is suing to void a nondisclosure agreement which refers to a confidentiality agreement brokered by Michael Cohen that prohibits her from speaking publicly about her alleged affair with Trump. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.