Stephen Colbert mocks Hannity in epic fashion for being Michael Cohen's client

Clay Curtis
April 17, 2018

On Monday afternoon, the Fox News pundit was outed as the mystery third client of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney and longtime fixer now under investigation for a range of possible crimes. Cohen's lawyers have identified former GOP fundraiser Elliot Broidy and Fox News host Sean Hannity as his other clients during a hearing seeking to keep his raided files private. Will Fox News realize this could look bad for them or will they ignore the conflict of interest?

Cohen also masterminded hush payments to women who'd allegedly had affairs with Trump. Daniels was in the courtroom on Monday for the arguments. He said it was unusual to see his name appearing on the Fox News Channel and wondered aloud if he should release a statement.

One was, of course, Mr Trump himself.

In a legal filing before the proceeding on Monday, Mr. Cohen revealed that he had worked as a lawyer since 2017 for 10 clients, seven of whom he served by providing "strategic advice and business consulting". He even said the raid should be an excuse for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein - who is overseeing the Mueller investigation and could, under certain circumstances, fire the special counsel. Hannity interrupted to say he was going to "deal with it later in the show", but Dershowitz wasn't done.

Details followed: Hannity told viewers that the raids stemmed from a referral from Mueller to federal prosecutors based in NY, where Cohen, the longtime "fixer" for Trump, has long done his work.

Daniels, wearing a pink skirt and black heels, stumbled and nearly fell on the wet sidewalk outside the courthouse among a throng of reporters and camera crews.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was another.

Prosecutors have asked that the documents be reviewed for attorney-client privilege by a "filter team" of lawyers within their own office, who would be walled off from the main prosecution team.

Hannity added, "not one of any issue I ever dealt with Michael Cohen on ever, ever involved a matter between me and any third party".

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President Donald Trump's personal attorney has arrived at a New York City courthouse for a hearing over an Federal Bureau of Investigation search of his files.

Hannity rolled out a series of Trump supporters to attack Comey, including Trump lawyer Joseph diGenova, attorney Alan Dershowitz and former House speaker Newt Gingrich. The government says it should do the vetting.

"I have faith in the Southern District US Attorney's Office that their integrity is unimpeachable", making a taint team "a viable option", Judge Wood said.

"Cohen, who is Trump's lawyer, was in court today with his lawyer".

"Unlike a search of a traditional law office, the information gathered thus far in the investigation suggests that the overwhelming majority of evidence seized during the searches will not be privileged material, but rather will relate to Cohen's business dealings".

The submission in Manhattan federal court came prior to a hearing scheduled for the afternoon. "I would guess that many of them believe it's entirely possible Cohen and by extension Trump could be caught on some unrelated, far-flung crime". Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, who is suing Cohen in a separate case, also came to court.

Fox News host Shepard Smith acknowledged Hannity's connection to Cohen on the air Monday. He has denied wrongdoing.

Cohen's attorney revealed Hannity's identity as they sought to argue they should be able to review materials seized in the raid before federal prosecutors, so that they can determine what documents are protected by attorney-client privilege. Cohen has acknowledged paying Daniels $130,000 in 2006.

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