A lawyer for Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, revealed in federal court Monday that Cohen had conducted legal work for Fox News anchor Sean Hannity, in addition to President Trump and a top Republican fundraiser.
Cohen’s lawyer revealed the work for Hannity in court following an order from the judge to disclose it, per reporters attending the hearing.
The FBI raided Cohen’s home, office and hotel room in regards to that investigation last week, and the Department of Justice announced last Friday he was under investigation for his business dealings. In a filing on Monday, Cohen’s attorney Stephen Ryan also revealed that Cohen had conducted legal work for three clients over the past year: President Trump, GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy — for whom he conducted a $1.6 million settlement after Broidy learned he had fathered a child with a Playboy Playmate — and the mystery client, who was revealed to be Hannity in court. Per that filing, Hannity had instructed Cohen not to reveal his identity.
Hannity addressed the disclosure in his radio show on Monday, acknowledging that he had occasionally consulted Cohen for legal advice. But he emphasized that, unlike Broidy and Trump, he had never enlisted Cohen in negotiations with a third party. He subsequently said on Twitter that the discussions “dealt almost exclusively” with real estate, and that he has no personal investment in the proceedings.
“In response to some wild speculation, let me make clear that I did not ask Michael Cohen to bring this proceeding on my behalf,” Hannity said. I have no personal interest in this proceeding, and, in fact, asked that my de minimis discussions with Michael Cohen, which dealt almost exclusively about real estate, not be made a part of this proceeding.”
Cohen’s attorney did not immediately respond to request for comment.