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Sean Hannity responds to Michael Cohen courtroom revelation

Sean Hannity responds to Michael Cohen courtroom revelation

Fox News host Sean Hannity responded Monday night to the revelation that, along with Donald Trump and disgraced former Republican National Committee official Elliott Broidy, he is a client of embattled attorney Michael Cohen. Cohen and his lawyers were in court concerning files seized during FBI raids of his office, home, and hotel room, when the judged ordered them to give up the name of his mysterious third client: Sean Hannity.

Hannity seemed to get a kick out of all the attention, saying, “Today, for hours and hours, the media has been absolutely apoplectic and hyperventilating over some breaking news that I was listed in court today as a client for a longtime Trump attorney, Michael Cohen.” But Hannity denied being his client, saying, “Michael Cohen never represented me in any legal matter. I never retained his services. I never received an invoice. I never paid Michael Cohen for legal fees. I did have occasional brief conversations with Michael Cohen — he is a great attorney — about legal questions I had. Or I was looking for input and perspective.” That’s nearly identical to a tweet he sent out earlier.

Cohen is alleged to be involved in cover-ups and hush-money payments on behalf of Trump and Broidy. Despite speculation, Hannity says there’s nothing of the sort happening in his relationship with Cohen.

“My discussions with Michael Cohen never rose to any level that I needed to tell anyone that I was asking him questions,” Hannity said. “And to be absolutely clear, they never involved any matter, any — sorry to disappoint so many — matter between me, a third party, a third group at all. And my questions almost exclusively focused on real estate,” Hannity said. Again, that echoed an earlier tweet in which Hannity appeared to express the belief that those conversations fall under attorney-client privilege, despite the fact that he denies being Cohen’s client.

Hannity has been catching flak for spending much of last week railing against the FBI raids without disclosing his relationship with Cohen to his audience. Fox News contributor and Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz believes that was a mistake on Hannity’s part.

“First of all, Sean, I do want to say that I really think that you should have disclosed your relationship with Cohen when you talked about him on this show,” Dershowitz said. “You could have said just that you asked him for advice or whatever. But I think it would have been much, much better had you disclosed that relationship.”

Hannity airs weekdays at 9 p.m. on Fox News Channel.

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