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US The gaping hole in Sean Hannity’s story about being Michael Cohen’s client

02:25  17 april  2018
02:25  17 april  2018 Source:   msn.com

Sean Hannity responds to bombshell news that he was Michael Cohen's mystery client: 'I never retained him in the traditional sense'

  Sean Hannity responds to bombshell news that he was Michael Cohen's mystery client: 'I never retained him in the traditional sense' Theo Wargo/Getty Images Fox News host Sean Hannity has responded to the news that he was revealed as Michael Cohen's mystery third client. He said he "never retained" Cohen, President Donald Trump's longtime personalFox News host Sean Hannity responded to the bombshell news that he was lawyer Michael Cohen's mystery third client during his Monday radio show, insisting he "never retained him in the traditional sense.

That' s the refrain from Sean Hannity , after lawyers for President Trump' s personal attorney, Michael Cohen , revealed in court on Monday that the Fox News host is one of only three clients that Cohen represented this year and last.

That’ s the refrain from Sean Hannity , after lawyers for President Donald Trump’ s personal attorney, Michael Cohen , revealed in court on Monday that the Fox News host is one of only three clients that Cohen represented this year and last.

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, arrives for a hearing at federal court Monday, April 16, 2018, in New York. © AP Photo/Craig Ruttle Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, arrives for a hearing at federal court Monday, April 16, 2018, in New York. It's not what it looks like. That's the refrain from Sean Hannity, after lawyers for President Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, revealed in court on Monday that the Fox News host is one of only three clients that Cohen represented this year and last.

Cohen's previous work included arranging a $130,000 payment to prevent porn star Stormy Daniels from talking publicly about her alleged affair with Trump. And Cohen's work for the other client on his short list, Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy, included negotiating a $1.6 million settlement with a former Playboy model who got pregnant when she and Broidy had an affair.

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On his Fox News show, Sean Hannity regularly spoke with and about Michael Cohen , President Trump’ s personal lawyer. Mr. Hannity was recently named in court as one of Mr. Cohen ’ s clients , which he denies.Published OnApril 16, 2018CreditImage by Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press.

So what it looks like, of course, is that Cohen could have similarly helped Hannity silence a woman who might have told an embarrassing story. That is not the case, Hannity insisted on his radio show.

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“I tell you why they're going nuts,” Hannity said of the media. “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. Ever.”

“Not one of any issue I ever dealt with Michael Cohen on ever — ever — involved a matter between me and any third party,” Hannity added.

Hannity's denial is a bit confusing. Hannity sought Cohen's legal counsel only on matters involving Hannity and himself?

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The Fox News host was named as one of Michael Cohen ’ s clients . “The client ’ s name that is involved is Sean Hannity ,” he said. Gasps filled courtroom 21B at the federal courthouse in lower Manhattan.

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It is also unclear why, if Cohen's work for Hannity was innocuous, the two men sought to keep their relationship secret. In a letter to the court Monday morning, Cohen's lawyers said his third recent client, besides Trump and Broidy, wished to remain anonymous.

“As to the one unnamed legal client, we do not believe that Mr. Cohen should be asked to reveal the name or can permissibly do so,” the letter said. A federal judge disagreed.

But there is an even bigger hole in Hannity's explanation: Why, as he railed against FBI raids of Cohen's office, home and hotel room last week, did Hannity not disclose to viewers and listeners that his communications with Cohen could have been among the materials seized?

“We have now entered a dangerous phase,” Hannity said on TV on the day of the raids, without mentioning any potential danger to himself.

A Fox News spokeswoman did not respond to a Fix inquiry on this point. Instead, the network issued the following statement, attributed to Hannity: “Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter. 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.”

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Michael Cohen ' s attorney disclosed in court that Cohen ' s client who had requested to remain unnamed was Sean Hannity . CNN' s Shimon Prokupecz reports.

Which is interesting because Cohen tried to claim that his client ( Hannity ) did not want to be revealed. Today' s possible TV headlines based on this: CNN: Michael Cohen ' s Third Client is Sean Hannity .

On the radio, Hannity did not directly address his lack of disclosure but hinted at a possible defense — that he did not consider himself a formal client of Cohen's.

That Cohen's attorneys included Hannity's name on a list of clients presented in court “just shows that Michael was doing his due diligence and being totally thorough about anybody that he might have had attorney-client privilege with,” Hannity told listeners.

Hannity made further comments that appear to be somewhat inconsistent with the statement he issued through Fox News. 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.

“I might have handed him 10 bucks [and said,] 'I definitely want your attorney-client privilege on this,' ” Hannity said on the radio. “Something like that. I requested that privilege with him when I would ask him: 'Well, this just came up. What do you think about this? What do you think about that?' ”

As a commentator, Hannity need not be neutral. But as a self-described “opinion journalist,” he could reasonably be expected to divulge a conflict of interest such as the one involving Cohen.

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