The call to the White House comes after ten o’clock most
weeknights, when Hannity is over. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and
Thursday, Sean Hannity broadcasts live at 9 p.m. on Fox News,
usually from Studio J in midtown, where the network is
headquartered, but sometimes from a remote studio on Long Island,
where he was raised and now lives.
All White House phone numbers begin with the same six digits:
202-456. Hannity calls the White House switchboard, a number
listed publicly, and reaches an operator. The operator refers to a
list of cleared callers, a few dozen friends and family members
outside the administration who may contact President Donald Trump
through this official channel — among them his adult sons, Eric
and Don Jr.; private-equity billionaire Stephen Schwarzman; media
billionaire Rupert Murdoch; real-estate billionaire Tom Barrack;
Patriots owner and also-billionaire Robert Kraft; and Hannity.
The operator then dials the president, who leaves the Oval Office
around 7 p.m. and who, by this point in the evening, is almost
always by himself on the third floor of the executive residence
(the First Lady reportedly sleeps in a separate bedroom). He tells
the operator to put Hannity through.