Late-Night Hosts Slam Sean Hannity for Sharing Trump Lawyer

Posted April 17, 2018

"You know, this is a fast-moving story, so I am going to be doing a lot more reporting but what I have heard so far is that at some point a year ago Sean Hannity hired Michael Cohen to help defend him against left-wing groups that were calling for boycotts in the wake of Bill O'Reilly's ouster from Fox News", Sherman told host Ali Velshi.

"I never gave him a retainer".

"The names of Cohen's clients are at issue because the lawyer has argued that materials seized in an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on his home and office are subject to attorney-client privilege". "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".

Cohen's lawyers were required by a federal judge in NY to disclose the names of his clients Monday as part of an argument over attorney-client privilege and how it applies to records seized from Cohen last week by the FBI. Cohen came under scrutiny after he acknowledged paying $130,000 to porn actress Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 election so she would keep quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump.

"First of all, Sean, I want to say that I think you should have disclosed your relationship you talked about him on your show", Dershowitz said, changing the subject completely from what Hannity had asked him.

Cohen's lawyer, Todd Harrison, wrote in a letter filed with the court that after Cohen left that post, he had "at least 10 clients" - three legal clients and seven others to whom he only provided "strategic advice and business consulting".

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Noah called out Hannity for being "unethical" for not divulging his relationship with Cohen.

He added that he had asked Cohen, whom he had defended on his show without disclosing their relationship, for legal advice in brief conversations but they "never involved any matter with a third party".

"I never retained him in any traditional sense", Hannity said.

"Here by the way is how the Sean Hannity disclosure played out live yesterday on Fox News", Willie Geist said next, playing a clip of a network reporter dropping Hannity's name, before quickly saying, "so moving on..."

He claimed his questions were mostly about real estate, and never involved any matter between him and a third party.

In a political world of legal semantics and lawerly answers that hedge more than they clarify, some things are unmistakably clear: if a client doesn't think you are his attorney, you're not.

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A USA judge indicated she would not grant a request by President Donald Trump and his lawyer Michael Cohen to review materials seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation before prosecutors can see them.

At the end of the show, Hannity finally got around to elaborating on his relationship with Cohen, but the segment mainly consisted of him mocking the mainstream media for its coverage of Cohen, who he now describes as "me and President Trump's personal attorney".

"Hannity's producers are working to contact him", Smith said. Outside afterward, she said Cohen has acted like he's above the law and that she and her lawyer are committed to making sure everyone learns the truth.

Monday's hearing began with an appearance by porn actress Stormy Daniels, who was swarmed by photographers and almost fell as she was hustled into the courthouse, a scene that captured the sensational atmosphere around the case.

She argued in Sunday's court filing that a Chinese wall in the prosecutor's office was not enough in the "highly politicised, even fevered, atmosphere" around the probe.

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