5 questions I still have for Sean Hannity about Michael Cohen
- Author: Jon Douglas Apr 18, 2018,
Apr 18, 2018, 0:44
Why would Cohen have told his legal representation that Hannity was a client if he had never received any significant money from the talk show host and never done any actual legal work for Hannity either?
"Attorney Client privilege is now a thing of the past", Trump tweeted after the raid on Cohen's office.
Last week, Cohen's attorneys asked to review the documents, or have a court-appointed special master do so, to determine what material is protected by attorney-client privilege.
"So, Hannity released a statement today, wanting to clarify his arrangement with Cohen". Cohen's lawyers did not want to publicly reveal that Hannity was a client, but Wood said that "I understand he doesn't want his name out there, but that's not enough under the law".
Cohen previously paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 reportedly in an effort to keep her quiet about an alleged 2006 affair with Trump, while he also reportedly arranged a $1.6 million payout to a Playboy model who had become pregnant through her relationship with Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy, his other client. It's clear, though, both from what Cohen's legal team presented and what Hannity has said, that he was indeed a client, at least in the direct sense of seeking attorney-client privilege for his conversations with Cohen. Lawyers for Michael Cohen argued in court on Monday that they could not identify Hannity because he asked that his name not be disclosed in connection with an Federal Bureau of Investigation seizure of Cohen's files. "I never paid legal fees to Michael".
Fox News sticks by Sean Hannity after learning of relationship with Trump lawyer Michael Cohen
"The notion that attorney-client privilege is so sacrosanct that the government can not review the documents or the court can not determine these issues is not only antiquated, it's no longer viable", Mr. Ross said.
For now Hannity's employer, Fox News, isn't commenting on the issue, but even some fellow Fox hosts are raising questions. "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".
Hannity replied that the relationship was minimal and that he had a right to privacy.
In the course of arguments in court yesterday, it was revealed that one of Cohen's clients is Sean Hannity. On his radio show, Jones has repeatedly said that the 2012 shooting that killed 26 people - including 20 first-graders - never happened.
He pointed out that Hannity's tweets say that Cohen never represented him in a matter with a "third party". "This is with the media in this country does", Hannity said. And, if so, why would Cohen's lawyer refer to Hannity as a client? He said the discussions were "almost exclusively about real estate". "Isn't that interesting? That he would need advice from Michael Cohen?".