Sean Hannity Advised Matt Gaetz During Michael Cohen Tweet Fallout
Sean Hannity has been an ardent supporter of Donald Trump’s political career since day one. The Fox host has been willing to cross certain lines for the President. He was criticized by his own network for appearing on a stage with Trump during a 2018 campaign event.
Matt Gaetz has also been more than willing to cross certain lines in an attempt to protect the President. This included a threat to former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen before the man appeared before the House of Representatives. It’s now been revealed that Gaetz reached out to Hannity for advice on handling the fallout.
Gaetz tweeted this threat to Cohen in May of 2019, “Hey Michael Cohen, Do your wife & father-in-law know about your girlfriends? Maybe tonight would be a good time for that chat. I wonder if she’ll remain faithful when you’re in prison. She’s about to learn a lot.”
There was immediate fallout about the threat, and Gaetz reached out to Hannity for help. “Run this s— by me!!!” Hannity said, “You won’t lose the [law] license.”
The Florida congressman then said he planned on laying low for a while. Hannity advised, “Just say you were upset at what was transpiring and meant it as a question, not a statement. And u would never threaten anyone. In retrospect it was poorly written and you wish u didn’t send it. That’s a CYA.”
The Fox host then said that he would provide Gaetz with a way to reach out to Cohen whether through his lawyer Lanny Davis or directly with Cohen.
You can see the text exchange below, courtesy of Politico
The House Ethics Committee's investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz revealed that the Panhandle Republican went to Fox News star Sean Hannity for advice. The House report includes this text exchange between Gaetz and Hannity that happened in February 2019 https://t.co/9MNzA3TO2h pic.twitter.com/TtZ8VgelvP
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