On Monday afternoon, in a stunning development even a soap opera writer would roll his eyes at, an attorney for Michael Cohen, a longtime confidante of President Donald Trump, acknowledged that the mysterious third client of Cohen's was none other than conservative talk show host Sean Hannity. "He's a great attorney, about legal questions I had or I was looking for input and perspective".
Hannity had not disclosed his relationship with Cohen, so when the lawyer's offices were raided by the FBI on April 9, Hannity's subsequent criticisms about the investigation should have been offered with a disclosure. Hannity's defense of Cohen following the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on his office last week appeared to put the Fox News host in a conflict of interest position which he addressed in a statement on his show Monday.
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?
In response to some wild speculation, let me make clear that I did not ask Michael Cohen to bring this proceeding on my behalf, I have no personal interest in this proceeding, and, in fact, asked that my de minimis discussions with Michael Cohen, which dealt nearly exclusively about real estate, not be made a part of this proceeding.
"But, you know, it's a complex situation when you're speaking to millions of people..."
Hannity articulated his relationship with Cohen, denying a traditional client/lawyer relationship.
Judge Wood also forced Cohen to reveal Monday that one of his clients is Fox News television and radio host Sean Hannity. I've always found it interesting when The Texas Tribune or Reason have admitted to getting money from somewhere when the outlets cover a certain person or organization.
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She added that she was anxious about the "appearance of fairness", given the stakes. "This has to be done right", she said. Referring to Trump, McKay said: "His attorney-client privilege is no stronger than anyone else who seeks legal advice".
In the course of arguments in court yesterday, it was revealed that one of Cohen's clients is Sean Hannity.
It's not the first time Hannity and Trump have shared a lawyer, either.
"I assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third party", he said in a statement.
It's a convenient, regular enemy for Hannity to attack, but for the host of the No. 1 show on the No. 1 news network to paint himself as a victim of unfounded gossip and smears came off a bit shrill.
"So for years, Mr. Cohen has acted like he is above the law". In late 2016, he paid adult-film star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in exchange for her agreement not to discuss an alleged sexual encounter with Trump.
Colbert described Cohen as a "New York attorney and sad neck with hair", and referred to his client Broidy as "Donald Trump flattened out by a rolling pin".
It's worth noting that Daily News rival the New York Post, a corporate cousin of Fox News in Rupert Murdoch's sprawling media empire, did not call attention to the Hannity scandal on its front page this morning. He never disclosed that he is also represented by a member of that legal team!