Published: Wed, April 18, 2018

Alan Dershowitz Chides Sean Hannity to His Face Over Michael Cohen Connection

Alan Dershowitz Chides Sean Hannity to His Face Over Michael Cohen Connection

Fox News' Sean Hannity won't be punished for failing to disclose that he sought the legal advice of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who was the subject of an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid April 9.

But Hannity said he asked Cohen "brief" legal questions, adding that may have handed Cohen $10 and said, "I want privilege to cover me about this conversation". "But I think it would have been much, much better had you disclosed that relationship". Cohen's counsel brought up Hannity's name following an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of Cohen's office and home for documents including those relating to payments to adult film star Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who both claim they had affairs with Trump. In another clip, Hannity says: "If you voted for Donald Trump you better get buckled up because this is gonna be a rough ride".

"Before the name was revealed, Mr. Ryan argued that the mystery client was a "prominent person" who wanted to keep his identity a secret because he would be "embarrassed" to be identified as having sought Mr. Cohen's counsel".

On his show Monday night - and on his radio show earlier in the day - Hannity made the case that he was entitled to his right to privacy and that he had assumed his conversations with Cohen were confidential.

"But, you know, it's a complex situation when you're speaking to millions of people..." Not only does Hannity have a conflict of interest because he has a relationship with Cohen, but there could well be information about Hannity himself in the documents the feds seized.

"Michael Cohen has three known clients".

But Michael S. Ross, a lawyer who specializes in the attorney-client privilege and teaches the subject at both Brooklyn and Cardozo Law School, questioned the legal reasoning by Mr. Cohen and Mr. Trump's lawyers, especially when it came to the attorney-client privilege. "This is insane, Cohen only has two other clients and all he does for them is pay off mistresses, which raises the obvious question: who did Sean Hannity have sex with?"

It's not the first time Hannity and Trump have shared a lawyer, either. He wrote, 'Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter.

As the Washington Post notes, Hannity also spent a good chunk of his afternoon radio show defending himself on Monday, and that's when the odd (and likely unintentional) Breaking Bad comparison occurred. Maddow has been a constant critic of the president and his team, and drew 4.1 million viewers when she released Trump's tax returns live on air past year. Cohen's lawyers resisted revealing Hannity's name, saying it would be embarrassing and unnecessary. He never disclosed that he is also represented by a member of that legal team!

Already unable to comprehend Cohen's confession, Colbert raised another question that could potentially lead to a new revelation.

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