Trump lawyers fight to keep seized Cohen files out of investigators' hands

Jimmy Kimmel mocks 'my pal' Sean Hannity over Trump lawyer bombshell

Hannity's prime-time Fox News show did feature one awkward moment related to Cohen naming him in court earlier on Monday, but it appeared unplanned.

Over onCBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the 53-year-old reveled in the news that Hannity was the mystery third client of Cohen's besides Trump and former RNC Deputy Finance Chair Elliott Broidy.

In the clip, Brockman criticizes a ventriloquist dummy for using the word "SOB" then, when he thinks he's off the air, he says "that ought to hold those SOBs", landing him in trouble. "Jon Stewart, after the show, I'm gonna come over and we're just gonna spoon", he said.

Hannity drew immediate fire for failing to disclose his relationship with Cohen while bashing the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on his radio and TV shows. "That would have been fair to say".

Hannity responded by saying it was a "minimal" relationship. You were in a tough position. When I think of Cohen, it immediately conjures up Liam Neeson's famous scene from the movie Taken in which Neeson speaks to his daughter's kidnapper by phone warning them, "I don't have money, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills...skills that make me a nightmare for people like you". "You had the right, by the way, not to have your identity revealed". "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". And remove Hannity from it. Let's say that once a week, I appear on national cable television.

Cohen has asked the court to give his own lawyers the first look at the seized materials so they can identify documents that are protected by attorney-client privilege. Hannity has denied ever being represented by Cohen. Hannity explained that yesterday in detail on his radio show: "I have eight lawyers who I talk to". Cohen has worked as Trump's private attorney for more than a decade and is seen as a "street-wise New Yorker with a penchant for confrontation" who works as Trump's fixer, according to ABC News.

On Hannity's primetime show on Fox News, Dershowitz told the host he should have disclosed his relationship with Cohen during his frequent discussions about Cohen in recent weeks. "I never paid Michael Cohen for legal fees", Hannity said in response Monday evening.

Given that seeming financial disparity between the two men, why would Hannity never pay Cohen a dime for his services? I never received an invoice. "I should know because I'm Michael Cohen's fourth secret client".

Hannity also made this curious statement last night: "My discussions with Michael Cohen never rose to any level that I needed to tell anyone that I was asking him questions". "I assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third-party".

"Why doesn't @FoxNews have a conflict of interest policy requiring Hannity to disclose his personal interest in the Cohen search when commenting on it?" tweeted Walter Shaub, the former director of the independent Office of Government Ethics.



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