Sean Hannity, the Fox News commentator and a friend of President Trump, was identified in court as a client of Michael Cohen.
During his nationally syndicated radio show, Hannity finally responds to being named as a client of Michael Cohen.
“It’s very strange to have my own television network having my name up as a lower third in terms of it being a story. There’s a part of me that really wants to build this up into something massive and make the media go nuts. I had no idea all these media people liked me so much. And now they have to listen to the program. Maybe I should pay it off in the last hour or in the last minute of TV tonight. But I think this is, um – I actually think it’s pretty funny.”
The Fox News commentator denied that Cohen handled any settlement for him and claimed that he’d never paid Cohen any fees.
“So, New York today had a big, big hearing. Stormy Daniels was in there, Stormy Daniels’ attorney was in there, and I guess that Michael Cohen had to list the people that he’s done some work with – whatever, I don’t know what the full thing was that actually went on there. So, I’ve known Michael a long, long time. And let me be very clear to the media: Michael never represented me in any matter. I never retained him in the traditional sense as retaining a lawyer. I never received an invoice from Michael. I never paid legal fees to Michael. But, I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions, about which I wanted his input and perspective. And I assume those conversations were attorney-client confidential. But the other thing I will need to point out to the media that is apparently going insane over this– not one of any issue I ever dealt with Michael Cohen on ever involved a matter between me and any third party. Now I have, eight attorneys I use for various things in my life, and in this particular case, you know, I like to have people that I can run questions by. And Michael, very generously, would give me his time, and we’d always say, “Attorney-client? Yeah, good.” And I’d ask him a legal question. And that’s it. And… I don’t think this is that complicated. How did this blow up to be such a big deal? I never had any case with him that involved any third party.”
Hannity further published his statement on Twitter claiming that he had brief discussions about legal questions with Cohen, but that he never represented him in any matter.
In a follow-up tweet, Hannity added, “I assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third-party.”
Boasting of being”fair and balanced”, Hannity failed to disclose his relationship with Cohen while covering the story. A passionate defender of “all things Trump”, Hannity was openly critical of Muller’s investigation and the FBI raid of Cohen’s office, home and hotel room on April 9, 2018, calling it a “witch-hunt investigation”.
Anothony Scarammucci, made a cryptic Twitter response ” We are all clients of Michael Cohen” in solidarity with Hannity.
Sean, We are all clients of Michael Cohen now. That includes everyone on the left. All of us. https://t.co/T2ONX2DmbM
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) April 16, 2018