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Trump Ally Alan Dershowitz Tells Hannity He Should Have Disclosed Cohen Link

This 11 April 2018 file This 11 April 2018 file
Charlie Simmons | 18 April, 2018, 00:52

Hannity and Fox News are being criticized for not disclosing the host's ties to the lawyer even as Hannity used his show to rip the Federal Bureau of Investigation and special counsel Robert Mueller for the raid on Cohen's office and home last week.

Prosecutors, who say they raided Cohens office, home and hotel room as part of an undisclosed crime related to his personal business dealings, prefer the ordinary procedure of reviewing the documents with a panel of prosecutors unrelated to the investigation — a so-called "taint team". He offered to give Judge Kimba Wood that third client's name in a sealed envelope for the court's information, if he had some assurances that the name would not be released on Monday.

But if that's true, why did Cohen's lawyer identify Hannity as a client in federal court?

Trump now finds himself in similar waters as Clinton was, and one person who could very well know the president's secrets is Cohen. Stelter said Hannity blurs the lines between reporting and entertainment. There's also heavy speculation since Trump allegedly paid off Stormy Daniels through Cohen and his other client, former RNC deputy finance chair Elliott Broidy, reportedly hired him to pay off a playmate with whom he had an affair.

Hannity said "I never retained his services, I never received an invoice".

According to Hannity, he never dealt with Cohen on matters between him and a "third-party".

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 for all intents and purposes - including the purposes of the court - Hannity was indeed Cohen's client. "And shockingly, that client turned out to be my pal Sean Hannity of Fox News".

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"I really think that you should have disclosed your relationship with Cohen when you talked about him on this show", Dershowitz said.

A new article from The Washington Post points out similarities between the way Hannity remembers his interaction with attorney Michael Cohen, and how Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) helped out Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Pinkman (Aaron Paul) back in season two of the AMC drama.

"Hannity was tweeting furiously this afternoon".

The identity of Cohen's other client did little to flush the scent of scandal.

Hannity denied on Twitter that Cohen has represented him, and Kimmel picked apart Hannity's tweet in his monologue. "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". Fully protected speech. What could Cohen have possibly done for him? Fox could certainly come down harder on Hannity if it turns out he's lying about just talking to Cohen on real estate stuff, but it really depends on the subject.

"The disclosure for me about Hannity is that he calls me Humpty Dumpty for some reason", Stelter said.

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