- Fox News host Sean Hannity was criticised on his own show by legal expert Alan Dershowitz for not disclosing his ties to President Donald Trump’s embattled lawyer, Michael Cohen.
- Dershowitz’s criticism came after courts revealed Hannity as a previously secret client of Cohen.
- Hannity interjected that he had a right to privacy, and said his relationship with Cohen was “minimal.”
Fox News host Sean Hannity, after being revealed as a previously secret client of President Donald Trump’s embattled personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was criticised on his own show by legal expert Alan Dershowitz.
Hannity and Dershowitz, both Fox News figures who Trump reportedly gets advice from, discussed Hannity’s relationship to Cohen on his show Monday evening.
“I really think that you should have disclosed your relationship with Cohen when you talked about him on this show,” Dershowitz said. “You could have said just that you asked him for advice or whatever, but I think it would have been much much better had you disclosed that.”
Hannity interjected that his relationship with Cohen was “minimal,” something he had underscored in previous statements where he painted the interaction as being mostly focused on real estate and insisted he “never retained” Cohen “in the traditional sense.”
“You were in a tough position, because A, you had to talk about Cohen, and B, you didn’t want the fact that you had spoken to him to be revealed – and you had the right, by the way, not to have your identity revealed,” Dershowitz said.
“I have the right to privacy, I do,” Hannity interrupted. “It was such a minor relationship, in terms of, it had to do with real estate, nothing political.”
Before his relationship to Cohen had been revealed, Hannity harshly criticised the special counsel Robert Mueller after FBI agents working for the US attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York raided Cohen’s office during a criminal investigation into his business dealings.
Mueller “declared war against the president of the United States,” Hannity said of the raid on April 10. “Clearly, his objective is to remove him from office. Now, I told you and I’ve told anyone who will listen: Mueller’s team is corrupt, starting with him, and it has been from the beginning.”
The special counsel’s office didn’t conduct the raids of Cohen’s office and home. The Southern District of New York reportedly initiated the Cohen raids after receiving a referral from Mueller, most likely because he uncovered evidence of wrongdoing related to Cohen that fell outside the purview of his investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 US election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.
Watch the full exchange on ‘Hannity’ below:
Alan Dershowitz (!) says that Hannity should have disclosed that he was a client of Cohen before discussing the FBI raid last week.
Hannity responds: "I have the right to privacy." pic.twitter.com/lheMdQWqHl
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) April 17, 2018
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