Fox's Hannity revealed as mystery client of Trump's lawyer

Wendy Jensen
April 17, 2018

Hannity later released a statement saying Cohen had "never represented me in any matter", although they "occasionally had brief discussions" on legal questions. "Never received an invoice, never paid any fees, might have handed him $10, 'I definitely want attorney-client privilege on this.' Something like that", he said.

Cohen and President Trump argued that the materials seized in the Federal Bureau of Investigation raids should be protected by attorney-client privilege.

"First of all, Sean, I want to say that I really think that you should have disclosed your relationship with Cohen when you talked about him on this show", he said.

I wonder if Williams freelanced it or if he got the green light from management, which must be highly annoyed by Hannity's cameo in the news today - assuming he didn't disclose it to them privately before.

Michael Cohen's attorneys Monday revealed Hannity as the third unnamed client of Cohen's, a disclosure that came as Cohen's attorneys tried to persuade a federal judge in NY to delay prosecutors from examining material seized in FBI raids of Cohen's home and office last week on the grounds many of them are protected by client-attorney privilege.

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Furthermore, the documents carrying information related to porn star Stormy Daniels, who alleged that she had an affair with Trump in 2006, were also seized from the office by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Cohen's lawyers did not detail the type of legal work he did for Hannity.

Hannity immediately pushed back, repeating what he said earlier that his relationship with Cohen was "minimal" and mostly about real estate.

Assuming Hannity is represented by Cohen, Kimmel said, "If this is the biggest witch hunt in history - as they say it is - we're running out of spots on the broomstick". Cohen's lawyers initially resisted naming the third client, saying he was a "prominent person" and the revelation would be embarrassing for him. Hannity also has criticized the raid on Cohen's office and home, never saying anything to his viewers about a personal, legal or business relationship with Cohen.

"Now, what that means is Mueller's witch-hunt investigation is now a runaway train that is clearly careening off the tracks", Hannity said then.

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In an effort to distinguish his interactions with Cohen from those of Trump and Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy (the other two clients), Hannity implied that his own exchanges with Cohen did not entail the silencing of any alleged sexual partner, as these exchanges did not involve any third party.

"I guess that Michael Cohen had to list the people that were, that he's done some work with or whatever", Hannity said. "I never retained him in any traditional sense. But I think it would have been much, much better had you disclosed that relationship". The court proceedings Monday dealt with who gets to look at Cohen's seized documents and devices before they are turned over to prosecutors. Wood said she was weighing appointing a special master, a neutral individual who would oversee potential attorney-client privilege claims. The firm said last week it had split with Cohen but that it had been in touch with federal investigators about a warrant related to him.

But regardless of what the host claimed, he still appears to have had a close relationship, if not merely a professional one, with the president's personal attorney.

But she also said that to help ensure fairness and the perception of fairness, "a special master might have some role here".

Trump may have undermined his own argument for protecting the records when he told reporters on Air Force One two weeks ago that he wasn't aware that Cohen had paid $130,000 to the porn actress, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

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