In open court on Monday, Michael Cohen’s attorney revealed that one of the three clients Cohen has done legal work for — only three? Yeah, Ill get to that later — was Sean Hannity. The other two are, of course, Donald Trump and Elliott Broidy, the just-resigned vice-chair of the RNC’s fundraising committee.
President Trump’s personal attorney Michael D. Cohen did work for Fox News commentator Sean Hannity in the past year, one of just three legal clients Cohen represented after leaving his post as a counsel for Trump’s private company in early 2017, his attorney told a federal judge Monday…
Hannity said Monday that he occasionally turned to Cohen when he had legal questions but that he never paid him to be his attorney.
“Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter,” the conservative commentator wrote on Twitter. “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 confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third-party,” Hannity added.
Well they aren’t confidential anymore. That is, they are no longer subject to the attorney-client privilege, so if there’s anything in them of use to any criminal investigation, there’s no reason the FBI won’t have access to it. Gabe Sherman said on MSNBC that his sources told him that Hannity turned to Cohen last year when liberal groups were targeting his advertisers to get him fired by Fox News, following the blueprint of what took Bill O’Reilly down.Now here’s an obvious question: Why would a lawyer be of any use there? None of those groups had broken any law. They called for a boycott, that’s it. Fully protected speech. What could Cohen have possibly done for him? Well for one thing, he could hire private investigators to put together potential blackmail material on those who were engaging in that protected speech and the PI’s work would then be covered by attorney-client privilege (if Hannity hired the PI directly, it would not).
But that’s not something a lawyer does, it’s something a fixer does. And it should be clear by now that Cohen was not really an attorney, certainly not a competent one. His job was to put out fires — pay people off, threaten them, blackmail them. Every Mafia don has one or two of those guys around at all times. That’s why he only had three clients total, and two of them were short-term clients for a specific purpose. Trump is the only long-term client he’s apparently ever had.
Now imagine for a moment the opening monologue on Sean Hannity’s show if President Obama and his attorney were under investigation by the FBI and it was revealed that, say, Rachel Maddow was also a client of that attorney. And that for the last several weeks, Maddow had been zealously defending that attorney on her show without ever revealing that, oh by the way, he was her lawyer too. Hannity’s head would explode in spittle-flecked rage. But since it’s him…