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Sean Hannity Issues Statement on Michael Cohen: He ‘Has Never Represented Me In Any Matter’

Sean Hannity used his radio program to deliver his first personal statement after being outed as the mysterious client Michael Cohen legally advised in 2017.

Cohen was trying to keep Hannity’s name off of public record during his court hearing today, but he was forced to identify his third client after the judge told him there wasn’t sufficient legal ground for the patron to retain his anonymity. When reporters reached out to Hannity before the start of his radio show, his initial response was “We have been friends a long time. I have sought legal advice from Michael.”

On Hannity’s radio show, he remarked how “very strange” it was to see the coverage from Fox News in light of the bombshell about their own anchor.

“There’s a part of me that really wants to build this up into something massive and make the media go nuts. I had no idea all these media people like me so much, and now they have to listen to the program.”

Hannity said he’d talk about the Cohen news at some point, but he decided to troll the media and not talk about it right away because “I’ll just keep the media listening because they might learn something.” When he eventually did get to it, Hannity began by explaining the nature of his relationship with President Trump‘s embattled personal lawyer.

“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. I assumed those conversations were attorney-client confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third party.”

Hannity continued to say that he retains 8 other attorneys, but would occasionally run legal matters by Cohen and never actually had a case with him. As Hannity talked to show producer Lynda McLaughlin about the media’s hysteric reaction to the news, he said something interesting while continuing to insist that he never paid Cohen anything for his services.

“I never gave him a retainer, never received an invoice, never paid any any fees – I might’ve handed him 10 bucks I definitely wanted the attorney client privilege on this – something like that. I requested that privilege with him when I would ask him ‘This just came out, what do you think about this?’… I assume he kept his word that they were confidential or attorney client, but I never had any matter we him between me and any third party.”

And he has also tweeted about the matter:

Listen above, via The Sean Hannity Show.

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