“There any news? Anything happening?” Sean Hannity jokingly asked his fellow conservative Fox News host Tucker Carlson at the top of his show Monday.
“There any news? Anything happening?” Sean Hannity jokingly asked his fellow conservative Fox News host Tucker Carlson at the top of his show Monday.
They chuckled deeply but their jovial moment belied the firestorm Hannity was under for not sharing with his audience the news that he was a named in court earlier in the day as a client of President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen .
Hannity has been outspoken about last week’s FBI raids on Cohen, saying they amounted to special counsel Robert Mueller declaring “war against the president of the United States.”
But the longtime Fox pundit never shared that his name was possibly on documents among the files seized in the raid.
“Let me set the record straight, here’s the truth: Michael Cohen never represented me in any legal matter,” Hannity said at the close of his show. “I never retained his services. I never received an invoice. I never paid Michael Cohen for legal fees. I did have occasional, brief conversations with Michael Cohen, this great attorney, about legal questions I had.
“My discussion with Michael Cohen never rose to any level that I need to tell anyone I was asking him questions,” Hannity said. He explained that their conversations never involved any “third party” and were focused on real estate.
It was clear that Hannity’s show Monday had been planned to focus on former FBI director James Comey, whose book full of criticisms of Trump launches Tuesday. And he was not about to let the news about his Cohen connection change that.
“Today for hours and hours the media has been absolutely apoplectic and hyperventilating over some breaking news that I was listed in court today as a client for longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen,” Hannity said.
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But after rolling a spliced clip of CNN hosts saying his name about a dozen times as evidence of the media’s focus on him, he did not mention the matter again until the close of the show.
Hannity said there were more important things to discuss than his own connection to Cohen. He went on to criticize what he perceives as a lack of positive coverage of the U. S. airstrikes on Syria and former FBI director James Comey’s Sunday night ABC appearance, which he called “by far the worst interview I’ve ever seen.”
Hannity rolled out a series of Trump supporters to attack Comey, including Trump lawyer Joseph diGenova, attorney Alan Dershowitz and former House speaker Newt Gingrich.
Gingrich opened his attack with an odd discussion on Comey’s height, saying he “didn’t really expect the level of shrinkage” he saw in the 6-foot-8-inch Comey, who he said appeared 5-foot-2-inches after his book launched.
It was not until the last segment of his show that Hannity really dove into the “wild speculation from the mainstream media” about his connection to Cohen.
“Predictably, without knowing all or, frankly, any of the facts, the media went absolutely insane. Wall-to-wall, hour-by-hour coverage of yours truly. Am I surprised by any of this? Of course not, because this is what the media in this country does,” said one of the top-rated in hosts in American news media.
“I had no personal interest in this legal matter. That’s all there is, nothing more,” Hannity said.
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