In a crazy turn of events, the lawyer for Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, was forced to reveal the name of a “publicly prominent individual” who was also represented by Cohen. It turns out the other client is Sean Hannity of Fox News.
Esteemed attorney and political commentator Alan Dershowitz was on tonight’s episode of Hannity. Dershowitz ripped Hannity for not mentioning his relationship with Michael Cohen, despite reporting on him for weeks.
Dershowitz said, “I really think you should have disclosed your relationship with Cohen.”
This had to be completely humiliating for Hannity. He was called out for a huge conflict of interest that completely undermined his journalistic integrity.
.@AlanDersh calls out Hannity for not disclosing Cohen ties!
DERSHOWITZ: “I really think that you should have disclosed your relationship with Cohen when you talked about him on this show.”
HANNITY: “I have the right to privacy.” pic.twitter.com/CuCIIo8fuw
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 17, 2018
Per Washington Press:
At this morning’s hearing, Todd Harrison, the lawyer for Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, argued that the Trump team should be able to review all documents seized by the FBI before they get a crack at it.
One of the arguments was that the identity of a third “publicly prominent individual” whom Cohen also represents would be inadvertently exposed to scrutiny. Harrison, of course, did not want that name to be released to the public.
The other clients are Donald Trump, for whom Cohen made an illegal $130,000 payout in hush money to Stormy Daniels using campaign funds, and Elliott Broidy, former deputy national finance chair of the RNC, for whom Cohen made a $1.6 million payout to a former Playboy model who said Mr. Broidy had impregnated her.
When presiding Judge Wood requested the legal grounds for withholding the client’s name, Trump’s lawyer said, “I’m simply trying to protect the privacy of that individual.”
Hannity may try to downplay the significance of what transpired tonight, but this was certainly a humbling moment when he was reprimanded live on his own show.