Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen appeared in federal court today for a hearing related to materials that were seized by the FBI during a raid last week. During the hearing, US District Judge Kimba Wood demanded that Cohen reveal his three clients, with Trump and Elliot Broidy already being known. Eventually, Cohen was forced to reveal the name of his mystery third client.
And it ended up being SEAN HANNITY!
Michael Cohen's previously unnamed third client is SEAN HANNITY.
— erica orden (@eorden) April 16, 2018
As you would expect, the revelation that the pro-Trump Fox News host was a client of Trump’s “fixer” caused Twitter to absolutely melt down. Especially since following the raid, Hannity passionately railed against the FBI’s action — without revealing he was Cohen’s client, of course.
Here’s just a sampling:
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) April 16, 2018
Okay, I take it all back. Go wild with this one. https://t.co/nt88UwiJJB
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) April 16, 2018
THIS IS THE BEST TIMELINE
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) April 16, 2018
Look if Hannity was Cohens client I’m sure it had something to do with mundane estate planning issues. Nothing to see here.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) April 16, 2018
Tonight on Hannity pic.twitter.com/p9h21gFLrP
— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) April 16, 2018
This was Sean Hannity last week. That's the show where Newt Gingrich likened the FBI raid on Cohen and Manafort to the Nazi Gestapo. https://t.co/e1Y3Cn4xiV
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) April 16, 2018
If this happened in a movie, you’d think it was poorly written.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) April 16, 2018
Michael Cohen's mystery client is Sean Hannity.
I’m convinced we’re all living inside a sitcom. 2018 can’t be real
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 16, 2018
Gotta re-up my Sean Hannity smoking + "Mad World" video pic.twitter.com/lnOUnV7my7
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) April 16, 2018
Sean Hannity right now: pic.twitter.com/9TBWI47Kh2
— Eric Haywood (@EricHaywood) April 16, 2018
I can't believe this Sean Hannity thing
— Jesse Singal (@jessesingal) April 16, 2018
Sean Hannity being a client of Michael Cohen’s while also doing a bunch of segments on the raid, etc. without disclosing he’s been a client of Cohen’s is honestly not even cracking the top-3 most professionally/journalistically problematic things Hannity has been doing since 2016
— Asawin Suebsaeng (@swin24) April 16, 2018
It seems a little unethical of Hannity to have been covering the Michael Cohen raids without disclosing that he’s a client.
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) April 16, 2018
And to think, all this time, it seemed like Hannity was such an objective voice on the Cohen raid
— Sam Stein (@samstein) April 16, 2018
I’m a client of literally every lawyer we have on the show or discuss on the show. Is that weird? Thought that was normal.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) April 16, 2018
I would think Hannity should have revealed this given what he has said on air, but what the heck do I know?
— (((Harry Enten))) (@ForecasterEnten) April 16, 2018
I think everybody understands that "Hannity Journalism Ethics Violation" is a redundant concept https://t.co/2b715NZsbh
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) April 16, 2018
So all this time Sean Hannity has been weighing in and picking sides on news related to Michael Cohen without disclosing that Cohen was his attorney … pic.twitter.com/OEgBUXLQH3
— Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott) April 16, 2018
So this means Hannity definitely has possession of the pee tape right?
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) April 16, 2018
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