Fox News host Sean Hannity told his radio audience that cooperating with FBI investigations was a bad idea.
Hannity, a fervent supporter of President Donald Trump and unofficial White House adviser, urged listeners not to believe findings by special counsel Robert Mueller, who secured a cooperation agreement last week with Trump Organization attorney Michael Cohen -- who also represented the conservative broadcaster.
“I don’t think anything of what we’re hearing is true," Hannity said, "because it just – none of it makes sense, but they get to jump the gun, because they want this all to – they want everybody to believe Donald Trump was colluding with the Russians.”
Trump attacked Cohen last week as "weak," signaled he might pardon former campaign chairman Paul Manafort -- who Mueller says violated his own cooperation agreement by lying -- and praised GOP activist Roger Stone for vowing not to cooperate with the special counsel.
“If you’re like me, and you were – grew up to revere an FBI agent," Hannity told listeners, "and the FBI comes to your house, and maybe some crime took place in the neighborhood, and maybe you have a little bit of information, but you don’t quite fully recall everything, but you’re pretty sure you do – the advice I have to give you now is, ‘Don’t talk to the FBI.’ How awful is that?”
One of the central figures in Mueller's probe -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange -- contacted a parody account for Hannity earlier this year and offered damaging information about a Trump critic to what he believed was the Fox News broadcaster.
Assange offered "news" about Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, less than 48 hours before the senator announced lawmakers had been given new documents that raised additional questions about Trump's ties to Russia.
“You can send me messages on other channels,” Assange told the person he believed was Hannity, the second reference to “other channels” he made in the Twitter direct message conversation.