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Hannity and Manafort’s Gushing Text Messages Revealed: ‘We Are All on the Same Team’

Hannity and Manafort’s Gushing Text Messages Revealed: ‘We Are All on the Same Team’Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo GettyThroughout Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecution of Paul Manafort, he found a willing and enthusiastic ally and confidante: Fox News host and presidential pal Sean Hannity. On Friday, a D.C. federal judge released dozens of pages of private text messages between the former Trump campaign chairman and Hannity, who at one point offered “anything I can do to help.”The messages show Hannity apparently reached out shortly after the FBI raided Manafort’s Alexandria, Virginia apartment in August 2017. Hannity checked in on Manafort throughout the course of the special counsel’s investigation and prosecution of him, asking if he was OK. Like many other higher-ups in Trump’s orbit, Manafort maintained a friendly relationship with Hannity during the 2016 election and kept in touch after he left the Trump campaign in August 2016.  The special counsel’s office charged Manafort with tax and bank fraud counts in Virginia and tried him in a separate case in Washington, D.C. for acting as an unregistered foreign agent, money laundering and obstruction of justice. Trump to Hannity: You’re ‘Not Really’ a Patriot, You Just Want ‘Great Ratings’Hannity spent large portions of his texts with Manafort discussing (and rehashing) episodes of his own television show. He complained about never-Trumpers, Hillary Clinton, and the special counsel’s investigation. Hannity also repeatedly invited Manafort on TV, saying it would give to defend himself against Mueller’s prosecutors. Hannity told Manafort to connect him with his lawyer to get information on important developments. Manafort repeatedly declined, citing a court gag order restricting him from publicly discussing his case. But the text messages were perhaps the most blatant behind-the-scenes look at how cozy the host was with Manafort, the subject of hours of news coverage on Fox and Hannity’s show in particular.Hannity in one instance declared he was “NOT a fair weather friend,” and told Manafort how unfairly he believed he was being treated. “We are all on the same team,” he said. Manafort also had plenty of compliments for Hannity, saying he was on “fire,” “great” on radio, and declared that “in a fair world, you would get a Pulitzer prize for your incredible reporting.” He said he loved Hannity’s interview with former Trump adviser Roger Stone, and in one instance, Manafort said he watched the show with his three month old grandson, who was apparently mesmerized.“I swear to God. He was totally focused. Your audience is growing demographically,” he said.“You help me keep my hope and sanity,” Manafort said on another occasion. And throughout the investigation and trial, Hannity repeatedly publicly called for the charges against Manafort to be dropped. Hannity even hinted at insider knowledge of attempts to retaliate against those involved in the Russia investigation. When Manafort said he hoped that then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions would appoint a new special counsel to investigate the Russia inquiry, Hannity texted “He has to [do] it [or else] he is gone. Talked to a friend.” While it’s unclear who Hannity was talking about, he often speaks to Trump.After the text messages were revealed on Friday, Hannity appeared to shrug them off, writing on Twitter that his views on the Russia investigation and Manafort “were made clear every day to anyone who listens to my radio show or watches my TV show.” Manafort is currently serving a 7.5-year prison sentence after he was found guilty of financial crimes by a Virginia jury and plead plead guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice and defraud the United States in a separate D.C. case.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Text of letter summarizing special counsel's report

Text of letter summarizing special counsel's reportThe text of Attorney General William Barr's letter to congressional lawmakers outlining the principal conclusions reached by the special counsel in the Russia probe (with footnotes below):



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NZ manifesto resembles Norway mass murderer's text

NZ manifesto resembles Norway mass murderer's textCOPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The manifesto that the presumed New Zealand shooter published is shorter and "more sloppy" than the one written by a Norwegian right-wing extremist who killed 77 people in 2011, but expresses similar sentiments, a Swedish terror expert said Friday.



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Michelle Obama just shared a glorious text exchange with her mom from Grammys night

Michelle Obama just shared a glorious text exchange with her mom from Grammys nightBecoming First Lady of the US means a lot of big life changes, but the one thing it apparently doesn't put an end to are wonderfully awkward messages from your mom.Nothing stops those. Not even becoming a best selling author, or a super popular surprise guest at the Grammys.SEE ALSO: 17 books every activist should read in 2019On Wednesday morning, Michelle Obama took to Instagram to share a truly A+ message exchange she'd had with her mom, after appearing at the Awards show on Sunday.Make sure you swipe on the post below — the second page may be even better than the first…> View this post on Instagram> > When your mom doesn't think you're a "real" celebrity…Tonight in Phoenix, I shared this text thread from my mom from Grammys night, and I just had to share it with all of you. TextsFromMom > > A post shared by Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) on Feb 12, 2019 at 10:35pm PSTSo many wonderful highlights in that thread that it's hard to pick a winner.The "real stars" quip is a good one, as is the bluntness of the "No you did not" message. But our favourite might be the final, understated "Yeah". WATCH: Here are the top five moments where women stole the show at this year's GRAMMYs



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Saudi Arabia to notify women of divorce via text

Saudi Arabia to notify women of divorce via textSaudi Arabian courts will notify women by text message when their husbands have been granted divorces under a law that took effect Sunday.



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Grandma And Teen Who Connected By Wrong Text Enjoy Third Thanksgiving Together

Grandma And Teen Who Connected By Wrong Text Enjoy Third Thanksgiving TogetherOne Arizona grandmother's accidental text has turned out to be the gift that



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FEMA Will Test an Emergency System That Lets President Trump Send You Text Alerts

FEMA Will Test an Emergency System That Lets President Trump Send You Text AlertsThe texts will be sent as "Presidential Alerts"



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CBS News Journalist Reveals on Air She Received Text Messages That Got 60 Minutes Boss Fired

CBS News Journalist Reveals on Air She Received Text Messages That Got 60 Minutes Boss Fired60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager was fired after sending the text



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CBS Journalist Speaks Out About Jeff Fager's Text Trying To Shut Down Her Reporting

CBS Journalist Speaks Out About Jeff Fager's Text Trying To Shut Down Her ReportingCBS correspondent Jericka Duncan spoke out Wednesday night about a text



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Asia Argento Allegedly Admitted to Sex With Minor in Text Messages

Asia Argento Allegedly Admitted to Sex With Minor in Text Messages"I didn't know he was a minor until the shakedown letter," she allegedly wrote.



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