Michael Cohen's third client

April 17, 2018

Yesterday, many cable news talking heads nearly exploded on news that the unnamed “third client” of President Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, was Fox News commentator and Trump defender Sean Hannity. This raises many questions. Unfortunately, the questions did NOT include, “Why is it anyone’s business who Cohen’s clients are if they have no relation to the Russian collusion investigation?”

Hannity answered forcefully on his show, as you can see in the video clip below, insisting that he never hired nor paid Cohen as an attorney, and only asked him for informal advice a few times on an unrelated matter involving real estate. I’m counting down the seconds until someone on CNN demands to know if the real estate was in…RUSSIA?!


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Hannity did take some criticism from his guest, law professor Alan Dershowitz, for not mentioning just in the interest of full disclosure that he’d ever spoken to Cohen. I can see his point, although I don’t know why any of this is the government’s business in the first place. This investigation has now moved from alleged collusion with Russia to influence the election to paying off a porn star to go away to seizing confidential attorney-client communications and publicly unmasking whoever else might have ever talked to the attorney who allegedly paid the porn star to go away. This has crossed so many degrees of separation from the original point, I expect to hear Kevin Bacon’s name come up soon.

In the meantime, now that I know the dire consequences for not revealing any connections one might have to the Trump Administration, I wish to state publicly and in the interest of full disclosure that I have had a longtime personal relationship with President Trump’s spokesperson. But please believe me, it's a father-daughter kind of relationship.

I just wanted to get it out there before that becomes illegal, too.

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  • Denise A Wright

    04/27/2018 01:08 AM

    Mr. Comey is exhibiting a strong personality disorder. He is truly acting out the Sociopath that he is. He is truly a "piece of work" and needs to be made to be accountable for his bad behavior.
    "According to the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, a sociopath is defined as a person with "a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others that begins in childhood and continues into adulthood".
    Characteristics
    Sociopaths are people with no conscience, self-seeking, never wrong, never admit their guilt nor do they apologize for any of their actions. Their tendencies, which later develop into defining characteristics, go unnoticed for a long time, until a drastic episode occurs.

  • Richard Clayton Trotter

    04/20/2018 11:47 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,

    As a former law clerk to federal district judge John H Wood Jr., United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas, who was assassinated by drug dealers May 29, 1979, I can remember when the FBI investigated crimes, when the Justice Department prosecuted crimes, and when both of those organizations were above politics.

    The actions of the FBI and the lawyers for the sovereign District of New York are so reprehensible it really defines my comprehension. They have besmirched the reputation of their fellow agents and lawyers.

    It will be a long time before they will regain the esteem with which I held them when I was a 27-year-old Law Clerk.

    If what happened to attorney Cohen is the new standard for prosecutorial behavior - the constitution is just a historic artifact. The fourth Amendment meaningless. If the personal lawyer of the President of the United States can be treated this way, then the rest of us have no hope whatsoever.

    God Help Us - the government will not.

  • Kimberly A Kristof

    04/19/2018 11:32 PM

    Good one, Mike!

  • Rodney Burke

    04/18/2018 07:55 PM

    the judge who asked for Sean's name should be removed from the Bench. he KNEW better. This is liberal out of control and it needs some HARSH realignment.

  • Lynne Hayes

    04/18/2018 03:32 PM

    "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" about WHO Cohen's other clients are!

  • Eveline Garrison

    04/18/2018 01:37 PM

    Why do they need to know who his other clients are? Is it even legal to ask? Also they made it public and I'm sure that is not legal. I'm shocked he has 3 clients. I would have thought it would be a lot more than that. Is there not way to shut this farce down and quit wasting money?

  • Lorrie Lewis

    04/18/2018 12:03 PM

    This issue makes me angry and scared at the same time. The warrant wasn't based on anything to do with Russia, even though it alleged it did. And all this crap with the porn star... the only saving grace is that Trump is getting things done while the media keeps trying to bury him. I did not know the swamp ran this deep or was so dirty.

  • Joseph Trokey

    04/18/2018 08:34 AM

    I just can't help but wonder why it is any ones business to know who Cohen has for clients. The judge that is over the proceedings in this case is, at best, pushing the limits of what he should be able to do as far as I am concerned. And what difference does it make if Hannity does have him for a lawyer? And I wonder what would have happened if Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Shumer or one of those other fine upstanding citizens of royal political blood would have been one of the names? I have been in cattle barns and hog lots that have smell better that this. And all because, as I see it, President Trump is not part of the D.C. elite and the insiders up there don't like an outsider messing with their little gold mine.

  • Vanessa-Ann McCrindle

    04/18/2018 03:02 AM

    as always, I love your work.. insightful and very often humorous.

  • Mary Euler

    04/18/2018 02:08 AM

    Everytime this type of "stuff" happens that should not be happening to the Republicans we (some group of us that can contribute to a main organization - like an off shoot of Justice Watch - to bring legal actions like suing Mueller and team for spending US tax dollars on non-productive projects) need to take similar action against the Democrats and or the main stream media such as go after Hilliary's lawyers along with the Clintons for the same thing. If this mirroring of their moves keep happening to the individuals that are perpetrating these actions against us keep happening to them maybe this insanity will stop. We (the people - not Trump) need to go openly like a tiger, after Mueller, crew and anyone associated with them - now!!!

  • janell paul

    04/17/2018 09:33 PM

    I was thinkinhg the same thing Mr Huckabee.
    will this ever end.

  • Alan C. Fitzgerald

    04/17/2018 07:13 PM

    Mike,
    Are there any people in D.C. that are actually working for the good of the country, or is everyone there just to engage in criticism, backbiting and pursuing their own personal agendas?

    If they are supposed to be our employees (i.e. the taxpayers employees) why can we not insist on their spending at least a little time on official business and NONE on their own!

    I'm sick of the constant bickering! If they are so dissatisfied with the duly elected president, why don't we buy them a ticket to somewhere in Africa and let them see what the REAL world is like?
    Alan

  • wilma ellen faulkner

    04/17/2018 07:05 PM

    I don't get it . What has this to do with the investigation about Russian collusion ? If our government is getting away with looking into the private records between lawyer and client in this case , then that means there is no more privacy with your lawyer . They can go into ours as well . This is a frightening thought . None of us are safe anymore . I WILL NEVER VOTE DEMOCRAT !!! My question is this : Why is it that Clinton , Comey , Lynch , and Muller ( who were caught committing crimes ) , NOT IN JAIL ? WE THE PEOPLE HAVE HAD ENOUGH !!!! WE WANT ANSWERS FROM SOMEONE NOW !

  • Gini Bruce

    04/17/2018 06:32 PM

    Mike you and your daughter are like breaths of fresh air.

  • Pearl Nicholas

    04/17/2018 06:28 PM

    Taxpayers are paying for this witch hunt. When will MUELLER accept due diligence and end this farce.

  • Nancie Guido

    04/17/2018 05:21 PM

    When, oh when, will the gun turrets point in the right direction. SO much on the dems and yet no consequences yet. Keeping fingers crossed and praying that Jeff Sessions is just biding time until he has the full monty to go get those scoundrels!

  • Jackie Johnston

    04/17/2018 05:16 PM

    The whole bunch is like rats on a sinking ship they're grabbing at anything they can find that might keep them afloat.

  • Pat

    04/17/2018 05:12 PM

    Remember when the lie really got rolling that belief in God and Truth was relative? Well, now we are seeing the same crowd demonstrate that (in their eyes) truth is completely irrelevant. “In those days there was no king in the land. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges

  • Debbie Basham

    04/17/2018 05:11 PM

    Thank you for telling it like it is!!! I NEVER listen or believe ANYTHING the MSM reports!!

  • Ann Bruce de Pineda

    04/17/2018 04:22 PM

    Andrew Klavan isn't as funny as you but on the Daily Wire (Ben Shapiro) he did a good job of showing what silly, gossip mongers work for CNN and MSNBC. I hadn't ever been such a Hannity fan but the left is making me more and more sympathetic with conservatives. Tell your relative who has pull with POTUS and FLOTUS to wish the best first lady ever a Happy Birthday, please.

  • Anne Turner

    04/17/2018 04:19 PM

    And, proud of that relationship with Mr. Trump’s spokesperson, you should be! Sarah is the kind of person one fells one knows personally just from watching her. She firm, but charming, very bright, but never demeaning to others. She has quick wit, while being able to put down the really asinine questions well. Most importantly, she keeps her cool.

  • Rita Payne

    04/17/2018 04:17 PM

    Our country has gone insane with the liberals trying to destroy our President. This witch hunt needs to stop. Thank goodness for you, Governor Huckabee, and your daughter,Sarah. You both have a way of pointing out the evil with a sense of humor. Laugh or cry, the liberals have lost their minds, Keep praying for our country. We will support President Trump and try to focus on the great things he is doing for all Americans.

  • Justin Blanchard

    04/17/2018 03:53 PM

    I really appreciate your show and your common sense approach. Keep speaking the truth brother. By the way, Sarah is doing a awesome job as Press Secretary. She is the best one in my life time. I also appreciate the fact that she can get feisty at times and not take any hooey from the MSM.

  • Dolores F. Tamoria

    04/17/2018 03:42 PM

    You're comments appear perfectly correct as far as mine are concerned. I believe an Attorney's clients should be regarded as private in the same vein as a doctors and his patients unless there is proven malfeasance involved.

  • Dennis L. Patterson

    04/17/2018 03:01 PM

    One of the first things that I learned upon becoming an attorney more years ago than I care to remember, is that anyone who consults with an attorney, whether that person retains you or not, and whether that person pays you or not, is a client and even the existence of that relationship is confidential. While it seems inappropriate for the Judge to have put Cohen into the position of demanding that he breach that confidential relationship by disclosing its existence, it should not be breached, even at the risk of one's freedom.

  • Lynn Morgan

    04/17/2018 02:51 PM

    You know the 50 had invasion of privacy like this, I had a great uncle that took self exile other than go before witch hunters. When shall we Americans learn to observe history more closely. We seem to keep repeating it, now even to disarm to real Americans.

  • Mary Austin

    04/17/2018 02:50 PM

    Well said! I am glad you are discerning as to the actions of these people who have nothing better to do than tear down our government.

  • John Turner

    04/17/2018 02:44 PM

    I've been around lawyers all my life, and NEVER once have I known any of them to have just ONE client.....Why is it a crime for Hannity to have the same lawyer???? These people will come up with anything to deflect the spotlight off the crimes they are committing against the American taxpayers......

  • Kristy Donellan

    04/17/2018 02:30 PM

    I too may need to be investigated as I went to two of The Presidents rallies. One was before I ever considered voting for him but he was in town and as informed voter, I decided to go to see if his policy was something I could get behind. The other was after he won the primary, I went to be a part of history just as I had done when former Presidents have come to town. But since this investigation has stepped over the line, I would like to put it out there... I have been in the same room with Donald Trump twice!!!! ??

  • Gregory Hawkes

    04/17/2018 02:04 PM

    Lawyer client privilege isn’t suppose to be broadcast to the world.I say it’s time for Hannityto get anotherLawyer and maybe Sue somebody! Nothing is sacred anymore!

  • Gregory Weinman

    04/17/2018 02:00 PM

    Instead of disowning the relationship Mr Hannity should have said something like. "I believe he helped me send a few million dollars where it won't be taxed!"
    Let the national media chew on that and then gag when Mr Hannity says "Of course its not taxed. It's in NY municipal bonds!"

  • Joseph Arena

    04/17/2018 01:58 PM

    It seems that there is no hope for our once free country. The progressive machine owns the Democratic Party and seems to have a strangle hold on what people see, hear, read and, worse, what children learn in school. I wrote a letter to my Catholic Newspaper, The Tablet, essentially saying that the Russian Collusion story is merely a campaign tactic of the Democrats for this year's elections. If they can keep this narrative going until election time, they will win the Congress back. I can go on but, I believe, you can understand where I am coming from. Thank you, Governor Huckabee, for reading what I have to say.

  • Wanda Lee Bell

    04/17/2018 01:57 PM

    When the talk turns to the Constitution of the United States, believe the Word of God more than the word of man. Somewhere the Scripture states: that the house founded upon the Rock will never fall. Our Rock is Jesus!
    Our constitution was founded after much prayer to God from godly people and since Jesus is the Rock ( Jesus spoke to Peter: Upon this rock the church will be formed) Church made up of godly people who recognize Jesus as the Rock. My faith is strong and trusting in the NAME OF JESUS!.( QUESTION: why does this computer and the operators think I am a robot?

  • Brian Lager

    04/17/2018 01:51 PM

    Thank you, Governor, for providing an amusing segment on your site. I watched Hannity last night and he was both forceful and amusing in his rebuttal. Watching this unfolding is like watching fog go passed the window as well as being just as entertaining. It is time to end the Mueller fishing expedition in the desert. Millions spent for no good reason other than to try and out your President. There is no collusion or any untoward actions. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has plenty of dirt hanging from her and the collusion her campaign participated in. This sidebar with the call girl is just that, a sidebar. Happened many years ago so it should be consigned to the history books. Presidential candidates of the past also have plenty of skeletons, but to keep trotting it out is an exercise in futility.

  • Mickie Miller

    04/17/2018 01:47 PM

    LOL! I just love you and the way you tell it like it is. Be careful with your connection, they'll be calling you out on it. LOL! BTW, love Sarah too!

  • Rosalie Spaans

    04/17/2018 01:45 PM

    Thank you Governor Huckabee. Always appreciate your levelheaded
    comments. Also think your daughter Sarah is terrific!

  • Diane Secrease

    04/17/2018 01:38 PM

    This is absolutely ridiculous. How far will this type of invasion be allowed to go? If this was happening to anyone else besides Donald Trump there would be an out cry to stop! I simply do not understand....how far will we allow the judiciary part of our government to go? We the people need an uprising of some sort...this type of disrespect, and mistreatment has got to stop. What if we did this to every President...how many skeletons would we find in their closets? Just my opinion as a Christian conservative....that means very little to many now days!

  • Cindy Duncan

    04/17/2018 01:11 PM

    I am totally disgusted over this entire process. I believe it is nothing more than a witch hunt, a diverse tactic to distract from the real issues. In the mean time the real criminals: comey, mueller, Obama and Clinton are living high and free. This is not going to end well for anyone- especially for those of us who voted for change to clean up America. There are alot of dirty politicians. Where are the hero's to come of our aid. Who can be trusted? It's all very disheartening.

  • Penny Reyes

    04/17/2018 01:09 PM

    Dear Gov . Huckabee, I just want to say Thank you for your straight forward , and common sense commentaries .I love your show on TBN .and never miss an episode. I voted for you for Pres. and that would 've been nice . But, I think I like this role you have now ,better.
    So ,please continue on and God Bless You.
    You and your family are in my prayers .

  • Brenda Groters

    04/17/2018 01:06 PM

    Yes, Why is any of their business? And what happened to lawyer/client confidentiality? Makes me not trust the government. Government is too much in our lives. Went for a wellness checkup at the Dr. yesterday and the questions were unreal. Do we have any guns in the house, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors? On and on. Not their business. Why are the Republicans allowing all this expensive probes/investigations to continue. This has got to stop. So what if the President had an affair. I’m sure he’s not the only male in the US that has had one. It certainly is not effecting the job my president is doing. What is effecting it is the constant witch hunt. Tell the “boys/gals” on the hill to do their jobs.

  • Bonnie Gnemi

    04/17/2018 01:03 PM

    The President’s spokesperson is a chip off the old block! Job well done! You should be very proud. And she probably bribes you with pies! LOL!

  • Bobbi Jones

    04/17/2018 01:01 PM

    My guess is that they’ll try to pin something on Hannity because they’re going after anyone associated with Trump in any way.
    Hannity makes great Pro Trump talking points, including making sense about this witch hunt to the public.
    You know that he hates Sean especially then!
    Mr. Huchabee, you might be on the short list.
    At this point, nothing surprises me.
    They know that they have Trump’s hands tied.
    They just want to make it in shackles.

  • Nancy Canada

    04/17/2018 12:57 PM

    Ok, the Kevin Bacon reference was awesome! Made me laugh. Love your daughter—she is so living her purpose. Blessings upon your family.

  • Michael Habersack

    04/17/2018 12:49 PM

    Thank you and keep shining a light on the dishonest activity that has been going on. At this rate, anything said to an attorney, doctor, therapist, psychologist is fair game and no longer protected.

    "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects...". It appears that the 4th Amendment is gone, and the left is well underway to removing the 2nd and 1st - at least any speech that they deem offensive - and make irrelevant the blood shed by those in Lexington, Concord, and every other battle for our independence.

    I never thought I'd see this day.

  • Michele Fitzsimmons

    04/17/2018 12:43 PM

    I can no longer bring myself to watch or listen to the MSM and have found myself forced to research my 'news' by using multiple sources and filtering out biased, leftist rhetoric to get to the core of the issues. I wanted to thank you for making your newsletter available. Your stories are blatantly and unapologetically conservative, (which I appreciate,) and most importantly, they are always factual. I know I never have to fact check my source when it comes to your newsletters. Your sense of humor and witty comments make me laugh and remind me that no matter how bad or unacceptable the news may be, it's how we react to it that really matters. Your 'full disclosure," about your relationship with your daughter in this piece had me laughing out loud.

  • Roger Dale Medlin

    04/17/2018 12:41 PM

    Great word and response Mike on the Sean Hannity cable news head line. It's really
    amazing how the fake news media can take anything, true or not true and spin it
    into more crab than crisco. These guys are good at fake news and wouldn't know real news if
    it hit them square in the face. But the sad thing is the are so many idiots out there that listen
    to their fake news and believe it. God help us!!!

  • Jane Suozzi

    04/17/2018 12:38 PM

    I'm always eager to read your take. Your addition of humor...clean humor...is very refreshing. I can see the Apple didn't fall far from the tree. Sarah is doing great!

  • Phyllis Zeller

    04/17/2018 12:29 PM

    If someone wrote a novel duplicating what has gone on in our Country with one party trashing not only the President but his family and most of his administration and having so many coverups going on, your head spins. Emails being destroyed by a Secretary of State, not assisting in Benghazi when called upon, removing God from wherever Obama can, allowing guys to use Gals public bathrooms, this is not reality THIS IS MADNESS! God help us all.

  • Amelia Little

    04/17/2018 12:25 PM

    This garbage is going over the top. Way over. As to the special counsel--they snagged a couple of guys with actions that, if they have been checked (more thoroughly than the dossier information) and are true, have not a darn thing to do with collusion with Trump or anyone else. In a years's time (of the formal counsel) there has been nothing, nada, zilch. They have been trying very very hard, so I have to believe they are spitting into the wind on this. Bet they are po'd that all the backside info of the dossier, the involvement of obama, hilary, FBI, DOJ, et al is what came out, and information about liberals visiting Russia. Of course, it would seem they were just going to kind of sweep this all under the rug--"this happened, has nothing to do with Trump/Russia collusion, move on, nothing to see here." Since there is nothing related to the reason the counsel was appointed, it should be disbanded. No fair to go fishing into all kinds of things that didn't even have a connection to the election, let alone collusion. Stay on focus, if there isn't anything in you focus, go home. The attorney raid is ridiculous, too. How much of what they find will they turn over to mueller in the remote hopes there might be something for him to chew on. The raiders should only get to take things that relate directly to the porn star. What the holy heck does any other client have to do with their case? It's gotta be hard to be an attorney these days--heaven forbid if you have more than one client, or walk on the same street (better not say hello!) with other people, go to church, etc etc, cuz you never know when a case will come up where someone will remember a bunch of people who are not clients, who talked to you--might be related to the case!!! Meanwhile, I'm sure someone has been working hard since Sarah's appointment to discredit her in some way. Maybe even draw a line from people you have known (russian or not, client of an attorney or not) to her--whether she has even heard their names, let alone haven't met with or talked to. She does a great job, I love that she doesn't get rattled, doesn't kiss the shoes of the so-elite so-called reporters. And, thank you for you updates and insight into goings on. Some people say us deplorables are brainwashed (like those who hang on the word of the blond guy with the tingly leg and the black haired gal)--I, and I'm sure millions of others, hear something, form our own opinion about it. I listen to and read conservative information because that information usually confirms the opinion I have made.

  • Ann Hoag

    04/17/2018 12:25 PM

    I don't understand why this is even a story. The lefties are dying to take Hannity down. As Rush Limbaugh said, the Democrats "journalists" on CNN, MSNBC, etc. all have connections with people in Washington, and they don't disclose who they are close to.