President Donald Trump is leery of taking advice from his own intelligence officials these days, but apparently the counsel of Fox News personality Sean Hannity is credible in the eyes of the president. It is Hannity that Trump has regularly consulted in deciding whether or not to release the Nunes memo.
According to three sources with knowledge of their conversations, Trump has been in regular contact with Hannity over the phone in recent weeks, as the Fox News prime-time star and Trump ally has encouraged the prompt release of a controversial four-page memo crafted by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee. Hannity has gone to the wall to push for the public release of the memo, which the intelligence panel and its chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), authorized this week in a party-line vote despite the classified information therein.
The president had already signaled that he might make the memo public, but Hannity reportedly helped solidify Trump's position:
Sources say Hannity’s persistent advocacy reinforced Trump’s already growing determination to get that memo into the public realm—despite huge potential fallout within the law enforcement and intelligence arms of his own administration.