As the mystery swirled surrounding the FBI raid of Trump attorney and “fixer” Michael Cohen’s home, Sean Hannity took an especially strong stance in defense of the lawyer.
“This is now officially an all-hands-on-deck effort to totally malign and, if possible, impeach the president of the United States. Mueller and Rosenstein have declared what is a legal war on the president,” he told his audience of viewers when the news broke.
What he failed to disclose was that he was a client of Cohen.
The news of Hannity’s connection to Cohen broke during a hearing today regarding a motion to dismiss or review the evidence gathered during the raid. Cohen had publicly stated that he currently had three clients: President Trump, GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy, and an unnamed third client.
After being ordered to disclose the name of the third client Cohen revealed it to be the long-time Trump supporter and Fox News host. Hannity has frequently called for an end to the several investigations surrounding President Trump.
“Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter,” Hannity tweeted. “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.”
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.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 16, 2018
Hannity had on multiple occasions brought Cohen on as a guest or invited panelists to discuss what he deemed as a witch hunt into Cohen. Despite having guests on to discuss Cohen, Hannity never publicly divulged the relationship he had to him.
In court filings, prosecutors said that “for months,” they had been following Cohen “for criminal conduct that largely centers on his personal business dealings.”
It was also revealed that Cohen negotiated a $1.6 million settlement between Broidy and a former Playboy model that he impregnated. This wouldn’t have been the first time Cohen paid a woman hush money for silence in there affair with a prominent GOP official.
It has been widely reported the Cohen paid adult film actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 for her silence in the reported affair that she had with the President.
“I assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third-party,” he said rebutting the accusations that he was involved in a similar payout to that of the President and Broidy.
It remains to be seen why Hannity actually contacted Cohen. As for now, Hannity has claimed it had to do with matters regarding real estate.
H/T: The Hill