Did Sean Hannity Learn About Attorney-Client Privilege From 'Breaking Bad'?

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FBI agents raided Cohen's NY office and hotel room last week as part of a criminal investigation by the U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of NY.

Fox News personality Sean Hannity, an outspoken critic of the Federal Bureau of Investigation raids on presidential lawyer Michael Cohen, denied on Monday that the lawyer has represented him.

Hannity addressed the news on his AM radio show, claiming that while he never retained Cohen in the "traditional" sense, they still had attorney-client privilege. I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective. "I assumed those conversations were attorney-client confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third party".

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said she could hardly contain her chuckles over the revelation Monday that Fox News host Sean Hannity was the secret third client of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's lawyer who was recently raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

He said the two men chatted occasionally, and his questions "focused nearly exclusively" on real estate.

Hannity's name emerged after the judge pressed Cohen to divulge the names of the clients he's worked with since the 2016 election, whose privileged communications might be contained within his files.

The disclosure question came up repeatedly on Monday - even on the Fox talk show "The Five". He said the investigation of Michael Cohen should greatly worry Trump. "You know right now Sean Hannity is probably on the phone with his wife like, 'Hey honey, it's so weird how I use the guy who pays off mistresses to get me out of that parking ticket'".

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Cohen previously paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 reportedly in an effort to keep her quiet about an alleged 2006 affair with Trump, while he also reportedly arranged a $1.6 million payout to a Playboy model who had become pregnant through her relationship with Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy, his other client. Fox did not respond to a request for comment on the latest conflict questions.

During a court appearance on Monday, it was revealed that Hannity was the third client of Cohen during 2017 to 2018.

"Among those on the list was our friend, Sean Hannity in the hour after ours".

By concealing a friendship and legal relationship with one of the president's lawyers, Hannity seemed to run afoul of ethical norms in the news business.

"Attorney Client privilege is now a thing of the past", Trump tweeted after the raid on Cohen's office. Earlier this month he imagined Hannity as a pro wrestler, writing: "If u believe wrestling is real u may even believe Fox news, Info Wars and the robotic drones on Sinclair Broadcasting".

Kimmel then gave Hannity his due, reading his statements aloud regarding his arrangement with Cohen. They're in court, so they'd find themselves in very serious legal problems, and Michael Cohen's credibility, whatever credibility he may have had left, is completely out the window. If this is the biggest witch-hunt in history, as they say it is, we're running out of spots on the broomstick.

Noah called out Hannity for being "unethical" for not divulging his relationship with Cohen.

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