When George Zimmerman’s attorneys announced they were withdrawing from the case because they had not been in contact with him for several days, they cited a phone call Zimmerman had made to Sean Hannity directly. (Hannity has been using his show to mount a public defense of Zimmerman’s actions.)
“We believe that he spoke directly with Sean off the record and he’s not even willing to tell us what our client told him,” said Hal Uhrig, one of the attorneys who had been representing Zimmerman.
On his radio show Monday, Hannity explained that he had an “off the record” conversation with Zimmerman. The conservative host also came to Zimmerman’s defense. “I spoke to George Zimmerman, and I’m not going to reveal the contents of that conversation, but I have confirmed yes, he was a mentor to minority children. Now if you were racist, I don’t think you’d be a mentor to minority children,” Hannity said.
Then on his Fox News show last night, Hannity again discussed his phone call with Zimmerman, saying he had promised not to report about their conversation and knew nothing about Zimmerman’s relationship with his attorneys:
Now yesterday I was contacted by an individual that we in fact believe was George Zimmerman. He reached out to me, we spoke on the phone about his case, and I agreed not to report on the contents of that conversation. That’s it. I know nothing about his relationship with his now former attorneys.
Watch what Hannity said on his radio and televison shows:
At the press conference yesterday, Zimmerman’s attorneys told people who are looking for him to expand their search beyond Florida, despite earlier assurances that their former client was in the state. The family of Trayvon Martin, who Zimmerman said he shot and killed in self-defense in February, had expressed concerns that Zimmerman would flee the state.