It's not what it looks like.
President Donald Trump's personal attorney has been forced to reveal that one of his clients is Fox News host Sean Hannity, CBS News' Jeff Pegues confirmed Monday. There's also heavy speculation since Trump allegedly paid off Stormy Daniels through Cohen and his other client, former RNC deputy finance chair Elliott Broidy, reportedly hired him to pay off a playmate with whom he had an affair. "It was minimal", Hannity said. Hannity knew he had a personal stake in the FBI's investigation of his attorney, and yet he used his TV and radio platforms to compare the raid to the tactics of the Gestapo in Nazi Germany. Stelter said Hannity blurs the lines between reporting and entertainment.
Over on ABC, Jimmy Kimmel asked, "What kind of legal advice doesn't involve a third party, unless maybe Sean Hannity was thinking about suing himself?"
Hannity's denial is a bit confusing. "Michael Cohen wasn't saying that Sean Hannity was his client", co-host Ainsley Earhardt stated, before adding. It's clear, though, both from what Cohen's legal team presented and what Hannity has said, that he was indeed a client, at least in the direct sense of seeking attorney-client privilege for his conversations with Cohen.
The disclosure came Monday during a hearing in a federal court in NY where lawyers for Cohen and Trump asked a judge for permission to review documents and records FBI agents seized from Cohen's office, home and hotel room last week as part of their investigation of Cohen's finances. "And you had the right, by the way, not to have your identity be revealed". A federal judge disagreed. Prosecutors in NY haven't identified what specifically they're probing, although they said in a court filing that "the crimes being investigated involve acts of concealment by Cohen".
Hannity also said that he "might have handed him 10 bucks". They're probably just hoping to score points with their Fox News-despising base and get a campaign donation or five to show they're "speaking truth to power".More news: Watchdog: Privacy booth violated spending laws
"Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter", Hannity tweeted. I never received an invoice. The government argued that since Cohen doesn't have "a lot" of clients there should be no privilege.
Hannity is President Donald Trump's most vocal defender on television, and a week ago he was on the air criticizing the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on the president's personal attorney Michael Cohen as evidence that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's "witch hunt" against the president has become a runaway train.
I don't think Hannity should be fired, or even suspended, although the ball is certainly in Fox News' court. He said that he might have paid Cohen a small fee, after all, and said he did not merely assume that their conversations were privileged but rather sought assurances.
Hannity addressed the issue briefly at the end of his show on Monday night and said he only spoke to Cohen for legal advice and real estate questions.
"The President trusted Mr. Cohen as his fixer for years, he trusted him with his innermost secrets, and I think that the chickens are about to come home to roost", Avenatti said outside court.