Sean Hannity responds to reports of HUD purchases, 'shell' companies

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Those shell companies have spent $90 million on property in the past decade alone.

The Guardian published an interesting article on my new best friend, Sean Hannity. "We know that because the context in which Mr. Hannity's name was disclosed in that courtroom on Monday, and so what I meant by my comment was that I think the relationship's gonna be far more extensive than Mr. Hannity has led people to believe".

Hannity has a portfolio that obtained funding from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, under the National Housing Act loan program, which was first guaranteed under President Obama's administration, a fact he did not mention when interviewing secretary Ben Carson previous year.

Hannity did not disclose any commercial relationship with HUD when interviewing its secretary, Ben Carson, on his show last June. Republicans push Trump to rescind Gateway funds Facebook investigated over alleged housing discrimination MORE's department recently increased Hannity's original $17.9 million mortgage for purchases in Georgia by an additional $5 million, records obtained by the Guardian show.

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The article appeared to be making a case out of the fact that Hannity's loan guarantees from 2014 were not revealed in an interview past year with HUD Secretary Ben Carson, despite the original date falling under the Obama administration.

The Guardian's Sunday report came days after Hannity was named as Cohen's third client whom the lawyer provided legal services to within the past year. "I had no role in, or responsibility for, any HUD involvement in any of these investments", said Hannity. Hannity was outed as a Cohen client after a federal judge forced the disclosure two weeks ago. "I can say that every rigorous process and strict standard of improvement requirements were followed; all were met, fulfilled and inspected", he said in the statement.

The Guardian noted that Carson was not personally involved in any of Hannity's dealings but that the HUD secretary has the power to allow Hannity to convert rental complexes into sellable condos. Hannity has acquired hundreds of properties, using shell companies, across the US over the last decade. The public records show Hannity is the owner behind some of the shell companies, and Hannity's lawyer did not dispute that he owns all of them.

The 20 shell companies tied to Hannity were formed in Georgia and have been used to purchase properties in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Texas and Vermont.

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