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Too weird to check: Michael Cohen reveals secret third client to be … Sean 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 now. Of course Cohen would have a mystery client & of course it’d be someone whose name we knew.

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 files for privileged material before a feds do. (Or raar, before ay continue to do so.) 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’ll be jumped to. 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 for 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 it’s 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?

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