Former campaign chairman said host was his “back channel” to the White House while Manafort was being investigated for financial crimes, according to newly released documents obtained by .

released in June 2019 showed how friendly Manafort and Hannity were as they complained together about the investigation into Manafort. But the newly released documents show Manafort thought Hannity was a conduit for receiving messages from the president.

The memos from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election were obtained through a freedom of information request, and contain summaries of witness interviews.

In his interview summary dated October 2018, Manafort told the special counsel’s office that he “knew Hannity was speaking to Trump

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