The Guardian added Hannity built part of his property portfolio with support from the Department for Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a fact he did not mention when praising HUD Secretary Ben Carson on his show.
Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for adult film actress Stormy Daniels who is now suing President Donald Trump and his lawyer Michael Cohen, said Sunday that Hannity's work with Cohen was likely "far more extensive" than the conservative media personality has let on.
Several of Hannity's properties were bought at a discount after their previous owners defaulted on their mortgages in 2013.
"I have never discussed with anybody at HUD the original loans that were obtained in the Obama years, nor the subsequent refinance of such loans, as they are a private matter", Hannity said. I had no role in, or responsibility for, any HUD involvement in any of these investments.More news: IPL 2018: RR Mentor Shane Warne Apologises for CSK Defeat
Fox News host Sean Hannity dismissed a British newspaper report Monday about his massive real estate holdings and a HUD supported deal as "fake news", but did not dispute the facts presented in the article.
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).
"I doubt you would find it very surprising that most people prefer to keep their legal and personal financial issues private", he said. "Mr Hannity is no different".
Perhaps that's why Fox News is now acting as Hannity's PR agent.
Hannity was widely criticized for not disclosing the relationship with Cohen on his program, where he blasted the investigation. 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.