The disclosure about Hannity, who also hosts a nationally syndicated talk radio show, came after prosecutors indicated that Cohen performed little to no legal work and had just one client: Trump. In response, Cohens lawyers said that Cohen has represented three clients in the past year — Trump, GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy and a third publicly prominent individual who wished to remain anonymous. Cohens lawyers identified Hannity as the third unnamed client only after Judge Wood ruled that it must be made public. In a statement, Hannity sought to minimize his relationship with Cohen, saying he had never retained him as a lawyer. Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter, Hannity said. I never retained him, received an invoice, or paid legal fees. 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, Hannity said.
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Cohen was thrust into the spotlight in January after the Wall Street Journal reported that hed secretly provided $130,000 in hush money to adult film actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 U.S. presidential election to keep her quiet about an affair she allegedly had with Trump.
“Michael Cohen, Trumps personal lawyer, was in court today desperately trying to keep his very small client list private. Michael Cohen has three known clients: One of them is Donald Trump, for whom he paid Stormy Daniels. Client No. 2 is Elliott Broidy; this guy is the former Deputy Finance Chair for the RNC. Michael negotiated a $1.6 million payment to a Playboy model he had an affair with…and impregnated, by the way,” Kimmel said Monday. “And she had an abortion, so hes a good dude. And this morning, Michael Cohen was forced to reveal the name of a mystery third client. He tried everything to keep it secret, but the judge ordered him to reveal the name of Client No. 3. And shockingly, that client turned out to be my pal Sean Hannity of Fox News. Isnt that interesting that he would need advice from Michael Cohen?”
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Cohen later admitted to making the payoff though Trump has said he did not know about it. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that Cohen last year brokered a second hush money deal, arranging for a payment of $1.6 million to a former Playboy model who became pregnant by Broidy, the Deputy Finance Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Broidy stepped down after the report. After the FBI raid on Cohens office, home and hotel room in New York last Monday, prosecutors revealed in court that Cohen had been under investigation for months for what they described as criminal conduct that largely centers on his personal business dealings. Cohens lawyers called the FBI raid "completely inappropriate and unnecessary and moved to prevent prosecutors from viewing thousands of pages of protected attorney-client communications. Trumps lawyers joined the legal challenge over the weekend, asking that they be allowed to review the seized material before government prosecutors. "I dont know whats in Mr. Cohens law files but some amount of material was generated in the course of representing my client," Joanna Hendon, an attorney representing Trump in the case, said in court on Monday. Prosecutors insisted that the overwhelming majority of evidence seized during the search warrants on Cohens office and home is not privileged material but rather related to his business dealings. "No one has yet given a basis why President Trumps assertion of attorney-client privilege is any different than any other citizen of the United States, prosecutor Tom McKay said in court.
I never retained his services, I never received an invoice, I never paid Michael Cohen for legal fees, Hannity recited on his program. I did have occasional brief conversations with Michael Cohen — hes a great attorney — about legal questions I had, or I was looking for input and perspective.
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Hannity added that his discussion with Cohen never rose to any level that I needed to tell anyone, and that none of his interactions with Cohen involved a third party.
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My questions exclusively almost focused on real estate, Hannity concluded. I said many times on my radio show, I hate the stock market, I prefer real estate. Michael knows real estate.
Despite promising to put wild speculation to rest, Hannity basically just repeated his earlier statement — with the added nugget that he allegedly consulted with Cohen on real estate. He didnt give any details on what that real estate advice might have been.
A federal judge unmasked Hannity as longtime Trump attorney Cohens mysterious third client during a court hearing on Monday. Cohen had filed a lawsuit to prevent the FBI from searching through documents it had seized in an April 9 raid. In court filings, Cohen had listed Trump and Elliott Broidy, the Republican National Committee deputy finance chair, as two of his three clients but left one clients name secret. When the judge ordered Cohen to make it public, Hannitys name popped up.
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Hannity, whos taken the side of team Trump in the Cohen saga, provided little new information on his show — but allowed time to chastise the media for its reaction to the revelation that he was Cohens client.
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Predictably, without knowing all or frankly any of facts, the media went absolutely insane, Hannity said. He proved his point, apparently, by showing a cable news supercut of hosts saying his name:
I am here for Sean Hannitys Sean Hannity supercut pic.twitter.com/3dLqTIWByq
Hannity has spent the past week echoing the presidents line that the Cohen raid is part of the Robert Mueller witch hunt, without revealing his own relationship with Cohen. Its something even fellow Trump defender and lawyer Alan Dershowitz scolded Hannity about on his program Monday night, telling the host that he should have disclosed his relationship with Cohen to viewers. Hannity replied that the relationship was minimal, having to do with real estate and nothing political.
Alan Dershowitz (!) says that Hannity should have disclosed that he was a client of Cohen before discussing the FBI raid last week. Hannity responds: “I have the right to privacy.” pic.twitter.com/lheMdQWqHl
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You should have said that, Dershowitz replied. And that would have been fair to say, that it was minimal.