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Yes, Sean Hannity was a legal client of Michael Cohen's

18 April 2018

The legal showdown began last week when FBI agents searched Cohen's office, home, hotel room and safe-deposit box, seizing records and documents as part of a probe by federal prosecutors in NY into possible bank fraud and wire fraud. Client No. 2 is Elliott Broidy.

Given the notoriety of the case, Ryan had argued to the court, "no one would want to be known" as a client of Cohen's.

Showing clips from Hannity's show last week, in which the host addressed the raid of Cohen's office, Noah noted, "It looks less like a news show and more like a guy who's really stressed giving himself a pep talk".

Dershowitz pushed back, telling Hannity that "you should have said that, and that would have been fair to say, that it was minimal".

Cohen arranged a $130,000 payment to the porn star Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 election to ensure her silence about an alleged affair she says she had with Trump in 2006.

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Last week, Hannity criticized the raids on Cohen's office and residences as "an unprecedented abuse of power", never mentioning his relationship with the Trump lawyer.

"Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter", Hannity tweeted after Cohen's lawyers identified him as the third unnamed client. I never received an invoice.

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".

"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.

Hannity sought to downplay that revelation Monday night on his Fox News show.

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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". "It's perfectly logical to think that if you're friendly with somebody, that you might ask him for legal help", co-host Brian Kilmeade said.

A spokesperson for Fox News did not immediately respond to questions from NBC News about the relationship between Hannity and Cohen. 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.

In the course of arguments in court yesterday, it was revealed that one of Cohen's clients is Sean Hannity.

Earlier this month, Carrey tweeted a drawing of Hannity as a WWE wrestler, as part of his recent spate of political art.

It's worth noting that Daily News rival the New York Post, a corporate cousin of Fox News in Rupert Murdoch's sprawling media empire, did not call attention to the Hannity scandal on its front page this morning. A lawyer's communications with a client are not covered by the privilege if they did not involve legal advice or were used to further a crime or fraud.

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Cohen has been a staple in headlines since the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his hotel room and office in NY on Monday. Cohen and Trump are seeking to force the matter out of court and into private arbitration, where proceedings are confidential.

Yes, Sean Hannity was a legal client of Michael Cohen's