Sean Hannity’s real estate empire came under new scrutiny Monday evening after the Guardian published another scoop where it revealed that Hannity’s involvement with a shady property dealer.
According to the British broadsheet, which first revealed the Fox News host’s vast real estate holdings, one of Hannity’s LLCs had purchased a home from Georgia broker Jeff Brock. In 2016, Brock pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bank fraud relating to a scheme he cooked up to rig auction prices for foreclosed homes.
The paper identified at least 12 properties in Georgia that ultimately passed from Brock to Hannity. Reps for Hannity did not immediately respond to request for comment on the matter, but a lawyer for Hannity, Christopher Reeves, told the Guardian that his client had no personal involvement with the specific purchases.
On Monday, Hannity struck back at critics saying his taste for foreclosure properties in poor U.S. neighborhoods showed his desire to invest in disadvantaged communities.
“It is ironic that I am being attacked for investing my personal money in communities that badly need such investment and in which, I am sure, those attacking me have not invested their money,” said Hannity in a statement posted to his website.
“The fact is, these are investments that I do not individually select, control, or know the details about; except that obviously I believe in putting my money to work in communities that otherwise struggle to receive such support.”
Hannity’s real estate holdings have come under scrutiny ever since news emerged that he had been a client of Trump attorney Michael Cohen. The Fox News firebrand has consistently maintained that he only ever asked Cohen for real estate advice.