Fox News hosts fail miserably defending Sean Hannity, MSNBC hosts respond Video

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Cohen's lawyers revealed during a hearing Monday on the FBI's raid of his office and residence that he has been the attorney for the staunch Trump supporter for the past two years.

Rachel Maddow prefaced her show by saying "this is going to be sort of an interesting show tonight", referring to Michael Cohen's disclosure that Sean Hannity was his third, previously undisclosed client. Legal analyst Carrie Cordero said that, unless Cohen was formally retained, Hannity should never have expected confidentiality. I did have occasional, brief conversations with Michael Cohen, this great attorney, about legal questions I had. "And to be absolutely clear, they never involved any matter, any-sorry to disappoint so many-matter between me, a third party, a third group, at all", he said on his Fox News' show on Monday according to CNN.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said she could hardly contain her chuckles over the revelation Monday that Fox News host Sean Hannity was the secret third client of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's lawyer who was recently raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Later he added on Twitter the legal advice he got from Cohen was "almost exclusively about real estate". "By the way, I'm thinking of hiring Michael Cohen as my lawyer".

"Which, even for Sean Hannity is pretty shady", Noah said.

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"Quite a few Fox folks are troubled [and] angered at the special standard that applies to Sean Hannity", said one journalist, who asked not to be named to preserve his job. But Judge Wood said she would still need the names of those other clients, and rejected his efforts to mask the identity of Mr. Hannity, a client Mr. Cohen had said wanted to avoid publicity.

Hannity has yet to respond to Kimmel's comments. On Fox's show "The Five", panelist Juan Williams said Hannity had some questions to answer. In the months since the story broke, Cohen has hired his own legal team, denying the initial report by the Wall Street Journal, with the White House keeping mostly quiet on the issue while dismissing the allegations against the president.

Attempts by critics to foment an advertiser boycott against Hannity in the past have failed, and there's yet to be any indication that this latest news is starting a new one. Hannity didn't have to say he was a client of Cohen's because it's possible the dude is just conflating who he considered a client and who he didn't (three clients are better than two, I suppose).

"If this is the biggest witch hunt in history, we're running out of spots on the broomstick", Kimmel also said, playing off a "witch hunt" phrase used by both Trump and Hannity to describe the Mueller investigation.

His real goal, of course, is to overturn that election by "getting" Trump on something - anything will do - that Congress can treat, and that the public will accept, as impeachable/indictable. And, if no money was exchanged but the men did have a business relationship, was there some other sort of payback offered by Hannity to Cohen?