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Secret Manafort Texts Reveal His Take on 'DT' and 'JK'

And show his strong alliance with Sean Hannity
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2019 5:00 PM CDT
In this Nov. 6, 2017, file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the federal courthouse in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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(Newser) – In newly unsealed text messages with Sean Hannity, Paul Manafort said he would never "give up" two people to the special counsel—and you can guess who tops the list. "They would want me to give up DT or family, esp JK," Manafort wrote the Fox News host, referring to President Trump and Jared Kushner. "I would never do that." Hannity wrote back, "Understand. There is nothing to give up on DT. What did JK do?" Manafort replied, "Nothin, just like i did nothing," adding that Robert Mueller's team "will want me to make up" wrongdoings about both, CNN reports. Written between 2017 and 2018, the texts were released Friday with a transcript of a court hearing about whether the messages broke Manafort's gag order. Among other tidbits:

  • "The media is trying to split me with DT and family by lies and untruths,” Manafort wrote Hannity at one point, per Vanity Fair. Hannity later responded, "I pray that God give you grace and peace in this difficult moment. If you ever just want to talk, grab dinner, vent, strategize—whatever, I am here. I know this is very hard. Stand tall and strong."

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