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Sean Hannity Revealed as Secret Client of Michael Cohen

In a courtroom hearing in Manhattan on Monday, Fox News personality Sean Hannity was revealed as the secret client of President Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

Cohen was involved in making payouts to women who claimed to have affairs with Trump and Elliott Broidy, the Republican fundraiser and former RNC official, but the reason for Hannity’s dealings with Cohen is unknown. Cohen is under criminal investigation “for his business dealings,” according to the Justice Department.

Hannity is known to be a staunch Trump supporter and has strongly condemned the FBI raids of Cohen’s office and hotel room that took place on April 9. Already known for his conservative lean, Hannity’s failure to disclose his relationship with Cohen has led to further scrutiny regarding his journalistic integrity.

 (Source:  NYT )

(Source: NYT)

Trump has been in hot water due to his alleged affair with the porn star Stephanie Clifford (i.e. Stormy Daniels) to whom Cohen made a $130,000 payment in exchange for her silence leading up to the 2016 election.

On Wednesday, ex-playboy model Karen McDougal was released from a contract with American Media Inc. which required her silence about another alleged affair with Trump. The report states that it is “alleged that Mr. Cohen had inappropriately intervened in the deal” — which is one of the subjects of the corruption investigation he is entrenched in.

Last Friday, Broidy resigned from his position as RNC deputy finance chair after news surfaced that Cohen arranged a $1.6 million payout to an ex-Playboy model whom Broidy had gotten pregnant, reported the Washington Post.

Hannity posted a statement to Twitter on Monday denying any such dealings with Cohen.

“Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter,” read the tweet. “I never retained him, received an invoice, or paid legal fees. I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective.”

 (Source:  Twitter )

(Source: Twitter)

Immediately following the first tweet, he posted a follow-up tweet that read: “I assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third-party.”

 (Source:  Twitter )

(Source: Twitter)

A representative for Fox would not say whether or not Hannity was previously told to divulge his relationship with Cohen