HANNITY was also highly critical of President OBAMA for the foreclosure rate during his administration but did not disclose that he had invested in foreclosures at a discount while criticizing the President for them.
Fox News host Sean Hannity said he had no direct discussions with the Department of Housing and Urban Development regarding loans for his real estate holdings revealed in a Sunday report by the Guardian. Hannity received assistance in securing $17.9 million mortgages with HUD-insured loans, which were originally guaranteed under President Obama's administration and increased by $5 million under the Trump administration.
Hannity spoke with Carson, who heads HUD, on Fox News past year but did not mention funding he received from the department.
The properties were bought after banks foreclosed on the previous owners, according to the Guardian.
Hannity has been under fire recently for not disclosing his dealings with President Donald Trump's private attorney, Michael Cohen, even while decrying federal investigations involving him. Hannity insisted he is not Cohen's client and only spoke with him informally about real estate matters.
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The report by JON SWAINE alleges that HANNITY holds the properties in over 20 shell companies, all named with a variant of a name based on the initials of HANNITY's children. 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. 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. Among the most valuable properties in the portfolio is a pair of two large apartment complexes that Hannity bought in 2014 for $22.7 million.
Properties are located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Texas and Vermont, the Guardian reported.
"It is ironic that I am being attacked for investing my personal money in communities that badly need such investment and in which, I am sure, those attacking me have not invested their money", Hannity said in a statement released by Fox News. "I had no role in, or responsibility for, any HUD involvement in any of these investments".
Christopher Reeves, Hannity's real estate lawyer, told CNN he likes to keep his financial issues private. "Mr Hannity is no different".