He’s howling in protest, but I think the toady doth protest too much.
To be clear, Fox News host Sean Hannity is denying that he has a role as an unofficial adviser to President Trump, or that he’s been encouraging him to rush-release the Nunes memo.
Hannity needs his “tick-tock” moment for his Twitter followers, after all.
What we do know, however, is that Trump gets all his knowledge from watching Fox. We know that Sean Hannity slathers Trump with unquestioning praise, nightly. That’s just the kind of behavior that would draw Trump to him.
But is Hannity really advising the president in this very sensitive issue, even against the recommendations against his own Justice Department and FBI?
According to the Daily Beast, the answer is: Yes.
According to three sources with knowledge of their conversations, Trump has been in regular contact with Hannity over the phone in recent weeks, as the Fox News primetime star and Trump ally has encouraged the prompt release of a controversial four page memo crafted by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee. Hannity has gone to the wall to push for the public release of the memo, which the Intelligence Committee and its chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), authorized this week in a party-line vote despite the classified information therein.
Sources say Hannity’s persistent advocacy reinforced Trump’s already growing determination to get that memo into the public realm—despite huge potential fallout within the law enforcement and intelligence arms of his own administration.
All Trump really cares about is an echo chamber to reinforce his ego, anyway.
In their conversations, Trump and Hannity discussed the Nunes memo’s supposed bombshell-level significance, and how it could shed light on the alleged anti-Trump bias and “corruption” at the FBI. On these calls, Trump has directly referenced specific recent Hannity segments related to #ReleaseTheMemo, according to one of three sources with knowledge of their conversations.
The big worry should be who is advising Hannity. When Hannity’s Twitter account went down briefly last weekend, a woman from Texas made a fake Hannity account and did it convincingly enough that WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange reached out to her and talked about sharing information about Senator Mark Warner, the Vice Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. He also talked about using other channels to communicate, other than Twitter’s DM feature.
It was obvious from Assange’s words that he’s been feeding information to Hannity regularly.
Let’s also not forget that Assange and his WikiLeaks have been labeled as conspirators with the Kremlin.
And Hannity conspires with Assange, and then passes that on to Trump.
He is the Kremlin’s perfect idiot.