Sean Hannity Is Revealed as Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen’s Mystery Client

President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney and confidant Michael Cohen revealed in a New York City court hearing on Monday that Fox News host Sean Hannity was one of his clients.

Cohen was in court as his lawyers sought an emergency action to stop prosecutors from reviewing devices and documents seized during an FBI raid last week of Cohen’s office, home and hotel room as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.

Cohen’s lawyers only named Hannity after pressure from federal Judge Kimba Wood. “I understand if he doesn’t want his name out there, but that’s not enough under the law,” Wood declared after Cohen tried to protect the identity of his client, who Cohen said asked not to be named publicly, according to the BBC. Hannity has denied that he ever retained Cohen as a lawyer.

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Hannity, who’s known for his vocal support of Trump on his Fox News show, first admitted in a statement to The Wall Street Journal: “We have been friends a long time. I have sought legal advice from Michael.”

“I think it’s pretty funny,” @seanhannity says on his radio show about the Michael Cohen hearing. “I’ll decide if I’m going to put out a statement here,” he says, before going back to the #ComeyInterview

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Hannity’s radio show started with dead air Monday afternoon just minutes after his connection to Cohen was revealed in court, according to Newsweek and Think Progress’ Zack Ford. Hannity finally broke the silence by saying, “I think it’s pretty funny,” before pivoting to discuss former FBI Director James Comey’s wide-ranging ABC interview from Sunday.

BREAKING: Hannity denies he was Cohen’s client: “Michael never represented me in any matter. I never retained him”

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MORE HANNITY ON COHEN: “I never gave him a retainer. Never gave him an invoice,” says Cohen was “never, ever involved a matter between me and another third party”

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Hannity later backtracked and denied he was ever Cohen’s client. “Michael never represented me in any matter. I never retained him, received an invoice, or paid legal fees,” Hannity said on his Twitter page. “I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective.”

Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter. I never retained him, received an invoice, or paid legal fees. I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective.

— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 16, 2018

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The FBI raided Cohen’s office, home and hotel room last Monday, seizing records related to the $130,000 payment he admitted making to porn star Stormy Daniels in October 2016, which she said was used to silence her claims of an affair with Trump. The White House has denied the affair ever happened.

Also last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that Cohen had arranged a $1.6 …read more

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