A federal judge on Friday ordered that previously undisclosed messages between former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDOJ investigating one-time Trump campaign adviser over alleged ties to Qatar: report Foreign lobbyists donated over M during 2020 election: report Former Mueller prosecutor representing Donoghue in congressional probes: report MORE and Fox News anchor Sean HannitySean Patrick Hannity90 percent of full-time Fox Corp. employees say they're fully vaccinated: executive The Memo: California recall exposes the limit of Trump's GOP Republicans divided on Trump's strength as possible 2024 candidate MORE be released.
Manafort and Hannity can be seen in initial chats discussing the FBI raid on Manafort’s home, and the Fox personality and ally of President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE repeatedly expresses sympathy and offers support to the former Trump campaign chief.
Hannity also hits on themes he brings up during his evening program, including allegations of a bias against the president from within the JusticeDepartment. He and Manafort describe those associated with Trump as “road kill” in a bid to damage the president.
The flurry of messages span from mid-July 2017 until early 2018, before Manafort was convicted on multiple tax and bank fraud charges in the Eastern District of Virginia.
"My view of the Special Counsel investigation and the treatment of Paul Manafort were made clear every day to anyone who listens to my radio show or watches my TV show," Hannity tweeted Friday.
While the names of the two men are redacted in the documents, logs of the later messages, while blurry, show their names.
The messages were initially filed under seal as an attachment to a government sentencing memo in February. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, the judge overseeing Manafort’s case, ordered them released on Friday.
Read the messages here: