The gaping hole in Sean Hannity's story about being Michael Cohen's client

But there is an even bigger hole in Hannity's explanation: Why, as he railed against Federal Bureau of Investigation raids of Cohen's office, home and hotel room last week, did Hannity not disclose to viewers and listeners that his communications with Cohen could have been among the materials seized? Hannity has known Cohen for a long time and has sought his legal advice from time to time, but "not one" of those issues involved a matter between him and a third party. This is now officially an all-hands-on-deck effort to totally malign and, if possible, impeach the president of the United States.

Hannity had also claimed he "may have" paid Cohen $10 to get that privilege, a strategy that is often used as a plot device on shows such as "Breaking Bad".

Fox News personality Sean Hannity.

The Hannity revelation was a big surprise to the folks at Fox News.

Vote in our informal and unscientific poll and tell us why in the comments. People familiar with the probe told the AP that agents were seeking bank records, records on Cohen's dealing in the taxi industry, Cohen's communications with the Trump campaign and information on payments made in 2016 to two women who say they had affairs with Trump, former Playboy model Karen McDougal and the porn star Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

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After demanding that Mueller show his "evidence" or "end this partisan investigation", Hannity pointed his finger at the camera as if addressing Mueller, and angrily said, "The country is hanging by a thread tonight, and you don't seem to care".

In response, Cohen's lawyers said that Cohen has represented three clients in the past year - Trump, GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy and a third "publicly prominent individual" who wished to remain anonymous. I never received an invoice.

He said he has no personal interest in the Cohen matter. "I had brief discussions with him about legal questions where I wanted his input and perspective". Hannity was just talking to Cohen about real estate.

"I assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third-party", Hannity said.

"My questions, exclusively nearly, focused on real estate". In that sense, they help shape the national agenda itself. That may, obviously, change during the remainder of the Trump presidency, so a Law School 101 lesson is in order before others get in trouble by foolishly trying to Sean Hannity their way out of the attorney-client relationship. Shame on him and double shame on Fox News.

  • Megan Austin