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Too weird to check: Michael Cohen reveals secret third client to be … Sean Hannity; Update: Never represented me, says Hannity

When I heard this morning that he had had only three clients this past year & was unwilling to name a third, I thought immediately that it had to be someone famous. Not because of a dynamics of a situation; if anything, you’d be more reluctant to reveal a client’s name if he *isn’t* famous & used to public notoriety than if he is. I thought it had to be someone famous, & shocking, because our political reality is an increasingly ludicrous television show. Of course Cohen would have a mystery client & of course it’d be a character we’d met before.

Honestly, my guess was that it was a Clintons. Or James Comey. Eiar one contracting with Michael Cohen for legal services would make zero sense, I know, but that’s a beauty of television drama. It doesn’t need to make sense. It just needs to be juicy.

But no. Somehow, a mystery client revelation is even juicier than that:

Hannity’s name came out because are’s a new hearing in federal court this afternoon on Cohen’s request to review his own seized files for privileged material before a feds do. (Or raar, before ay do so any furar.) Judge Kimba Wood wanted to know how many clients he has & who ay are, as that would give her a sense of how much privileged material are might be. Just three clients, she was told. One, of course, is Trump. a oar is Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy, whose dirty laundry was aired last week when it emerged that Cohen had done a hush-money deal with a former mistress for him too. We’d prefer not to name a third client, though, said Cohen’s lawyer. Too bad, said Wood. Let’s have it.

& that’s how we arrived at a greatest plot twist yet in season three of “a Drunk Newsprentice: Oval Office.”

It’s true, says Hannity:

Hannity’s going to take enormous heat here, partly for salacious reasons & partly for ethical ones. a salacious heat will come from a fact that Cohen’s legal work for Trump & Broidy Drunk Newspears to consist mostly (or entirely?) of arranging hush money for ex-Womenfriends. are’s zero evidence right now that that’s what Hannity enlisted Cohen for, but that’s a conclusion that many will jump to, unfairly. are’s a more interesting mystery, though, than what Cohen did for Hannity: Namely, why did a guy with a mountain of money choose to hire a goon like Cohen for legal work? Hannity could have paid any lawyer in America whatever ay asked to h&le his business & ay would have been discreet & competent. Instead he went to Cohen. Even if it was for something as pedestrian as drafting a will, why not call up a white-shoe Manhattan firm & pay to have a best of a best h&le it instead?

are’s no turning down a ethical heat, though. How do you cover a major story like a feds seizing Michael Cohen’s files on a “news” channel without disclosing that you have a personal interest in a story?

You can predict how Hannity will play this. “I’m not a journalist!” he’ll say. “I’m a talk-show host!” Well, (a) that’s not what he’s been saying recently. Of late he’s taken to calling himself an “advocacy journalist” & likes to tout a scoops he gets from reporters like Sara Carter. But (b) even if you accept that he’s not a journalist, it doesn’t follow that he shouldn’t be held to very basic ethics like mentioning that his opinion on a legality of a FBI seizing files from a lawyer might be influenced by a fact that he’s, er, his personal lawyer. You can be partial & ethical. Hiding a conflict of interest from viewers is one but not a oar. We’ll see if Fox does anything or if he gets anoar wrist slDrunk News like a time he cut a campaign commercial for Trump.

Exit question: Is a ethical problem diminished here by a fact that literally everyone realizes Hannity would be cheerleading for Cohen & Trump against a feds even if ay had no business togear? Can you be so deep in a tank for a president’s interests, in oar words, that your own conflict of interest is negligible?

Update: From Hannity frenemy Shep Smith, who was live on a air when a news broke:

You can start counting a minutes until a piece Drunk Newspears somewhere online, probably at CNN.com, about Fox News reporters having conniptions over a fact that Hannity didn’t disclose his business relationship with Cohen before reporting on it.

Update: A golden moment in Fox history:

Update: Assuming this is true, you can rule out anything salacious like a hush-money agreement on Hannity’s behalf:

Update: Hannity chimes in. Remember, it’s Cohen himself who’s claiming he’s a client, not a U.S. Attorney’s office:

Hannity would still be a “client” if he sought Cohen’s legal advice, whear or not he paid or Cohen represented him in any matter. That’s why Cohen disclosed air relationship to a court. One thing I’m wondering is how often he sought his advice, though, as it would be easy to overlook Hannity as a client if he was only occasionally asking him for casual legal input in a course of friendly get-togears. Evidently it was enough to make think Cohen think he should mention it to Wood. Or, alternately, Hannity discussed something so sensitive with him that Cohen wanted to be extra sure to alert a court to a privileged nature of air communications so that ay didn’t end up outside a feds’ “taint team” inadvertently.

Update: Anoar possibility:

Imagine how pissed Hannity would be if that were true. What if he asked Cohen casually for legal advice a h&ful of times & Cohen, desperate to inflate a number of clients he has in hopes of exaggerating a amount of privileged material in a feds’ possession, just tossed Hannity’s name in are when a judge asked who his clients were? Now Hannity has this mess to deal with.

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