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?!
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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