Sean Hannity Is The Client Whose Identity Michael Cohen Wanted Kept Secret
18 April 2018, 12:45 | Isaac Mcdaniel
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Hannity and Fox News are being criticized for not disclosing the host's ties to the lawyer even as Hannity used his show to rip the Federal Bureau of Investigation and special counsel Robert Mueller for the raid on Cohen's office and home last week.
The legal showdown began last week when FBI agents searched Cohen's office, home, hotel room and safe-deposit box, seizing records and documents as part of a probe by federal prosecutors in NY into possible bank fraud and wire fraud.
"Hannity talked about Michael Cohen a million times", she continued. "What do you think about that?'" Of course, Hannitymentioned neither the popular AMC series or its spinoff, Better Call Saul by name, but he didn't have to. Sources told CNN last week that Cohen had facilitated a payment plan totaling $1.6 million past year to a former Playboy model who says she became pregnant by Elliott Broidy, a leading GOP fundraiser.
The comedian then read off Hannity's statement of explanation regarding the Cohen relationship, leading Kimmel to joke about Hannity's claim that he never paid Cohen for legal advice. "I never paid legal fees to Michael". "He's a great attorney, about legal questions I had or I was looking for input and perspective".
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Later, CNN media analyst Brian Stelter said Hannity should have disclosed to his viewers that he had a relationship with Cohen, someone he was covering on his Fox News show.
Said Maddow, after building her story: "In court today we got the name of Cohen's third client made public and honestly, don't even ask me to tell you what it means..." And, if no money was exchanged but the men did have a business relationship, was there some other sort of payback offered by Hannity to Cohen? He wrote, 'I assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third-party.' What kind of legal advice doesn't involve a third party?
"Keep in mind, Sean Hannity is a talk show host". "They're assuming - because I guess he did some type of work for some Republican guy - they're figuring, 'Oh, he must've done a big settlement case for Hannity.' That's not - no, that's not what happened".
That would seem to indicate that Hannity believed his conversations with Cohen were protected by attorney-client privilege - or at least he wanted them to be. That could potentially give prosecutors a window into Trump's past business dealings and the financial affairs of his family, since Cohen has always been a trusted fixer and emissary for the real estate billionaire turned politician.
"We have now entered a unsafe phase", Hannity said on TV on the day of the raids, without mentioning any potential danger to himself.
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