Who is Donald Trump's personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen?

Sean Hannity Donald Trump

Sean Hannity Donald Trump

It's not what it looks like.

In court on Monday (April 16), the legal team for President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was forced to identify the name of a third Cohen's client - a mystery person whom he initially didn't want to name.

That's partly because, were it not for a $130,000 payment Cohen made to Daniels to keep her quiet about an alleged affair with Trump, the Cohen raid and Monday's hearing may never have taken place.

Then it was revealed that Sean Hannity was the third, so immediately the speculation came why was Sean Hannity the third and only client that we could tell of Michael Cohen? He and his father-in-law also partnered to own a fleet of New York City taxi cabs. That is not the case, Hannity insisted on his radio show.

Hannity immediately pushed back, repeating what he said earlier that his relationship with Cohen was "minimal" and mostly about real estate.

Hannity responds: "I have the right to privacy".

See, right now the two stories aren't exactly adding up, and there's no evidence that Sean Hannity hired Michael Cohen to be a fixer for him, to take care of any problems. Cohen arranged a $1.6 million payoff to a former Playboy model who claims Broidy, married at the time, impregnated her during an affair.

Mr. Harrison asserted in court documents that attorney-client privilege should protect those documents, noting that Mr. Cohen had three high-profile clients.

Todd Harrison, an attorney representing Mr. Cohen, asked for a temporary restraining order to block the government from reviewing financial records, emails and other documents seized in Federal Bureau of Investigation raids last week on Mr. Cohen's office, home and hotel. Instead, the network issued the following statement, attributed to Hannity: "Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter".

On Twitter, Hannity emphasized that he had never paid Cohen for legal services and that they "never discussed anything that involved any third party". "I did have occasional brief conversations with Michael Cohen, he's a great attorney, about legal questions I had, where I was looking for input and perspective", he said. A lot of people thought maybe Cohen paid hush money to a woman that Sean Hannity had an affair with, as he did for both Trump and Broidy, his other two clients for the previous year, but it really doesn't matter.

The Fox News Channel prime-time host is Trump's most vocal defender on television, and a week ago he was on the air criticizing the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on the president's personal attorney Michael Cohen as evidence that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's "witch hunt" against the president has become a runaway train.

Cohen has argued that some of the documents and data seized from him under a warrant are protected by attorney-client privilege or otherwise unconnected to the investigation. "But I think it would have been much, much better had you disclosed that relationship".

In a political world of legal semantics and lawerly answers that hedge more than they clarify, some things are unmistakably clear: if a client doesn't think you are his attorney, you're not.

As a commentator, Hannity need not be neutral.

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