Moments before Sean Hannity’s radio show started off on Monday, an astonishing story broke: Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, revealed in which Hannity was the third mystery client he had provided legal services to over the past year.
The news jolted through the media industry, prompting reporters to send a flood of emails as well as texts to Hannity requesting comment.
Hannity remarked in which “everyone” was “going insane” as well as briefly teased journalists who had tuned into his radio program waiting for his reaction: “I’ll just keep the media listening because they might learn something,” he joked.
Finally, the Fox News host, who will be one of Trump’s top defenders on cable news, addressed the elephant within the room, himself appearing a bit within the dark on what had just happened.
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“I guess in which Michael Cohen had to list the people in which were, in which he’s done some work with or whatever,” Hannity said. “I don’t know what the full thing was in which actually went on there.”
“I have known Michael a long, long time,” he continued. “as well as let me be very clear to the media: Michael never represented me in any matter, I never retained him within the traditional sense for retaining a lawyer, I never received an invoice via Michael, I never paid legal fees to Michael.”
Hannity said he “occasionally had brief discussions about legal questions” with Cohen, as well as in which he assumed those discussions were protected by attorney-client privilege. Hannity stressed in which “not one of any issue” he ever dealt with Cohen on pertained to a matter between him as well as a third party.
Cohen previously disclosed in which within the course of the past year he had represented three clients. Those included Trump as well as Elliot Broidy, the former Republican fundraiser who — with the help of Cohen — paid $1.6 million to a Playboy design with whom he had an affair as well as impregnated. however the third client Cohen had provided legal services to over the past year had remained a mystery until Monday’s hearing when a judge forced him to reveal the person’s identity.
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After explaining his relationship with Cohen, Hannity did what he does best: attacking the media.
Hannity characterized news organizations as going “off the rails” for reporting on his relationship with Cohen, saying in which his relationship was not very complicated as well as questioning why the story was receiving the amount of attention the idea was.
“How did in which blow up to be such a big deal?” he asked, adding the idea was “pretty unbelievable, the globe we live in.”
CNNMoney (fresh York) First published April 16, 2018: 5:29 PM ET