Sean Hannity is Trump’s Other Chief of Staff

Thumbs up all around! Sean Hannity with Donald Trump (top) and Trump Attorney Michael Cohen (bottom)

Fox News talking head Sean Hannity was revealed earlier this week as “mystery client #3” in a court hearing for Donald Trump’s personal attorney/fixer Michael Cohen. But as the Washington Post reports today, Hannity and Trump share much more than Cohen’s cell phone number:

The phone calls between President Trump and Sean Hannity come early in the morning or late at night, after the Fox News host goes off the air. They discuss ideas for Hannity’s show, Trump’s frustration with the ongoing special counsel probe and even, at times, what the president should tweet, according to people familiar with the conversations. When he’s off the phone, Trump is known to cite Hannity when he talks with White House advisers.

The revelation this week that the two men share an attorney is just the latest sign of how Hannity is intertwined with Trump’s world — an increasingly powerful confidant who offers the ­media-driven president a sympathetic ear and shared grievances. The conservative commentator is so close to Trump that some White House aides have dubbed him the unofficial chief of staff…

…Trump and Hannity usually speak several times a week, according to people familiar with their relationship. The Fox News host, whose show averages more than 3 million viewers daily, is one of the few people who gets patched immediately to Trump. The two men review news stories and aspects of Hannity’s show, and occasionally debate specifics about whatever the president is considering typing out on Twitter. There have also been times when Trump has assessed the merits of various White House aides with Hannity.

The frequency of Hannity’s contact with Trump means that “he basically has a desk in the place,” one presidential adviser said.

Hannity and White House officials did not respond to requests for comment.

President Trump often promotes Hannity and his show via Twitter, which was weird well before this information about their cozy relationship came to light. If you’re wondering where to draw the line between the Trump administration and Fox News…well, you’re not alone.

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  1. gertie97 says:

    Dumb & dumber. Gawd help us all.

  2. skeptical citizen says:

    Hannity is a self-made sycophant of the RNC and is a high school graduate without a formal college degree.

  3. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Every president is entitled to close confidants; people they can talk with in private who are not part of the staff or a congressional. Michelle Obama and Laura Bush likely filled this role for their husbands. But the sleaze dripping from Trump and Hannity goes well beyond normal confidant activity.

    Still glad I'm a Never-Trump Republican.

  4. Davie says:

    Tricky Dick had Bebe Rebozo

    According to Rebozo, the two men were swimming together at Rebozo's home in June 1972 when Nixon was first informed of the Watergate Hotel break-in. And he was with the president on the night that Nixon resolved to resign from the presidency. John Dean, Nixon's lawyer, testified before the House Judiciary Committee he was ordered to covertly direct government agencies to punish a journalist who called Rebozo "Nixon's bagman."[3] Rebozo was investigated for accepting covert payments of $100,000 on behalf of Nixon.[4]

    Journalist Jack Anderson speculated that Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox had been fired because he had started to investigate Rebozo's role in Nixon's accepting covert payments.[6]

    In 1976, Rebozo was the subject of a bank fraud investigation. The loan application Rebozo filed with Hudson Valley National Bank (Yonkers, New York) stated that the loan was for residential real estate when it was actually used for business. 

  5. davebarnes says:

    With a mind in the gutter, I just want to know: who was Sean banging outside his marriage and how much hush money was paid to her?

    And, photos, of course.

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