The continual charade that is Fox News just got smarmier, if indeed that is possible. Here you have the king of right-wing prime time, Sean Hannity, defending on multiple occasions Donald Trump’s lawyer-fixer, Michael Cohen.
It was revealed Monday in a court hearing that Michael Cohen had done secret legal work for Fox News host Sean Hannity, who asked that his name not be disclosed. Here are six times the commentator defended Cohen https://t.co/Yrp0wOpppc pic.twitter.com/MkNKQm12Jf
— POLITICO (@politico) April 16, 2018
Little did we know, until today, that Cohen & Hannity were attorney-client-ish.
Just imagine how Sean Hannity would respond if it were true that Obama’s personal lawyer, the target of a criminal investigation, was also secretly the lawyer for Rachel Maddow—and she had been using her show to defend the lawyer without disclosing that relationship. Just imagine
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) April 16, 2018
It didn’t take long for Hannity to begin distancing himself from Cohen, especially any connection, perceived or otherwise, to a “third party” such as a playmate or porn star.
I assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third-party.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 16, 2018
On his radio program, Hannity made multiple claims of attorney-client privilege between himself and Cohen. “We definitely would say ‘attorney-client’ when I would ask him something in a legal frame,” Hannity said. Some were quick to point out though that the two didn’t seem to have a formal attorney-client relationship since Hannity claims he’s never actually retained Cohen as an attorney, nor paid him legal fees.
It is not clear how long Cohen and Hannity have known each other but Hannity stated on his radio program that he has “known Michael a long, long time.” Hannity claims that his legal dealings with Cohen “dealt almost exclusively about real estate” but now that this aspect of their relationship has been unveiled, more questions will almost certainly arise.
For those keeping count, the two other men that Cohen named as his clients from 2017-2018 were President Trump and Elliott Broidy. Broidy was the Deputy Finance Chairman of the Republican National Committee, who was forced to resign last week after allegations that he impregnated a Playboy model and paid her $1.6 million to keep quiet. And then there’s Stormy, who was also in court today.
"For years, Mr. Cohen has acted like he is above the law." Stormy Daniels calls out Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen after his hearing on documents seized by the FBI. Cohen paid $125,000 to Daniels, who alleges she had an affair with Mr. Trump. https://t.co/GgKqbbipBQ pic.twitter.com/mtTWla3hvA
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 16, 2018
The Hannity reveal wasn’t the only bad news for the Cohen-Trump camp either. Judge Kimba Wood refused their attempt to block the prosecutors from reviewing the files the Feds retrieved from Cohen’s office and residences last week. However, she signaled that she’s open to the idea of appointing a special master to help go through the evidence.