Fox News star Sean Hannity was revealed Monday as the mystery third client of Michael Cohen, the personal attorney of President Donald Trump, according to NBC News. Hannity, who is known to speak privately with the president, has provided unwavering on-air support to the Trump administration.
Cohen had attempted to prevent Hannity’s name from being made public. He said he had two other clients: the president and Elliot Broidy, former deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee. Cohen reportedly negotiated non-disclosure agreements with Trump and Broidy’s alleged mistress.
During Monday’s hearing, U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood ordered Cohen’s lawyer to reveal his third client’s identity. The client is Sean Hannity, Cohen’s lawyer said.
It is not known why Cohen would be representing Hannity. But Hannity confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that he had received legal advice from Cohen. “We have been friends a long time. I have sought legal advice from Michael,” Hannity said.
The Fox News host later clarified those remarks on his personal Twitter account. “Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter. I never retained him, received an invoice or paid legal fees,” Hannity tweeted. “I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective.”