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Sean Hannity unmasked as Trump lawyer's mystery client

Sean Hannity unmasked as Trump lawyer's mystery client

On Monday, the personal attorney of Michael Cohen, who previously provided legal counsel to President Trump, revealed that his third undisclosed client was Fox News personality Sean Hannity.

Hannity's prime-time Fox News show did feature one awkward moment related to Cohen naming him in court earlier on Monday, but it appeared unplanned. "I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective". "I assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third-party". He said the discussions were "almost exclusively about real estate". Michael knows real estate.

Case closed, right?! Not so fast. Dershowitz began to reply before Hannity interjected and said he had only a "minor relationship" with Cohen.

But if that's true, why did Cohen's lawyer identify Hannity as a client in federal court?

"I appreciate that. that's like a sibling", Hannity said, laughing. "I think a taint team is a viable option", Wood said.

If his relationship with Cohen was a total nothingburger - as Hannity says it was - then why would he be embarrassed about it or so anxious about it becoming known to the broader public?

Now Cohen's lawyers, however, argued that Hannity was the client and he made sure to tell them to not release his name, that he had paid Cohen, that he had sought legal advice from him in the capacity as a client and lawyer. Hannity, the top-rated personality on the most watched USA cable news network, told his viewers on April 9 that the raid on Cohen was part an effort by federal investigators to wrongly impeach the president.

Hannity joked about the situation in another segment featuring David Limbaugh (Rush's brother) and Lanny Davis, suggesting one or both are his attorneys. "Maybe Sean Hannity was thinking of suing himself?" "This is now officially an all-hand-on-deck effort to malign, and if possible, impeach the president of the United States".

Mr. Cohen's lawyers said in court filings the raid was "completely unprecedented" and asked Judge Wood to let their lawyers review the documents or appoint a neutral third party to determine which documents should be protected by attorney-client privilege.

Hannity scrambled to respond - first on his radio show, then with tweets, then on his TV show. Attorney-client privilege can be invoked even if no money is exchanged. Sometimes Trump praises Hannity in return.

Take it out of the political context. "I do", Hannity said. "I'm just glad Hef isn't alive to see his life's work dragged through the filth like this". "Jon Stewart, after the show, I'm gonna come over and we're just gonna spoon", he said.

Hannity spent the majority of the hour attacking ex-FBI director James Comey, calling him "the most petty human being on earth". They're in court, so they'd find themselves in very serious legal problems, and Michael Cohen's credibility, whatever credibility he may have had left, is completely out the window.

Cohen's previous work included arranging a $130,000 payment to prevent porn star Stormy Daniels from talking publicly about her alleged affair with Trump.

Then there is Hannity who, according to Forbes, made $36 million in 2017 alone. "I never retained him in any traditional sense".

On Monday, Cohen told a federal judge that he had given legal advice to three people in the past year.

And, if so, why would Cohen's lawyer refer to Hannity as a client?