Leftists, Trump haters and mainstream media outlets are having a full-blown meltdown after it was revealed Monday that Fox News’ Sean Hannity had the same lawyer as President Trump at one time.
As WND reported, the FBI raided the office of President Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, on April 9. On Monday, it was revealed that Cohen had also represented Hannity at one point.
The revelation has the far-left organization Media Matters targeting Hannity’s advertisers.
Hannity immediately issued a statement on the fracas, explaining: “Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter. 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.”
Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter. 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.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 16, 2018
Large segments of liberal media immediately pounced on Hannity.
“Sean Hannity has few rules, and now Fox News has a problem,” reported CNN’s Brian Stelter.
“Now we want to know what Sean Hannity was omitting,” the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple wrote.
The leftist organization Media Matters posted a link on social media to Hannity’s advertisers.
“Right on cue,” commented Twitchy, which monitors and lampoons social media statements.
“Media Matters has listed Hannity’s advertisers since March according to the date on the linked article, but re-upped the boycott effort after today’s revelation at the Cohen hearing.”
Even Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., called on Fox News to “fire Sean Hannity.”
“I think he is so into this, like a pig in the mud, he can’t get out of it,” Connolly told CNN in an interview. “I think he deserves to be fired. His word can never again be trusted, given the fact that he consciously did not reveal this relationship.”
What part of Michael and I never discussed anything that involved any third party is so hard to understand? https://t.co/uha1z13RJf
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 16, 2018
But many Twitter users couldn’t see the logic in attacking Hannity.
Wrote Ben McDonald online, “‘Hannity has a lawyer so let’s ruin his advertisers’ only makes sense to an absolute moron.”
And Robert Sacamano directed his comment to Media Matters.
“What is your obsession with trying to silence people you don’t agree with? Get a life.”
“Lone Conservative” added, “To recap, @mmfa and their followers, who already do not like Hannity, are wishing to boycott him off of the air … because he has a lawyer. Their anger is pure astroturf.”
In court Monday, Cohen’s lawyers argued over the status of records taken by the FBI in a raid last week on Cohen’s office, home and hotel room.
The New York Times said investigators were looking for evidence of possible attempts to suppress negative media coverage of Trump in 2016.
Cohen’s lawyers were seeking a temporary restraining order to stop the government from reviewing the documents, while prosecutors claimed they are having some of their lawyers look at the material to make sure they have a right to it before they turn it over to other department lawyers for review.
Other lawyers for the president also filed an emergency request to let Cohen evaluate the documents before the FBI can have them.
The Times explained the documents could shed light on the president’s relationship with a lawyer who has helped navigate some of Trump’s thorniest personal and business problems.
Other social media activists raised questions about whether Hannity, who previously interviewed Cohen on the air, was a client at that time of the raid.
The social media statements about Hannity touched the far corners of reality, with “DeityFree” commenting, “Obviously, the lack of oxygen from living in that fake news buble is going to your head.”
Hannity’s explanation included that his “de minimus” discussions with Cohen were almost exclusively about real estate, and not part of the current dispute.
Leftist sites like Mediaite said, “Twitter completely loses it over revelation that Sean Hannity is Michael Coehn’s client.”
Wrote Kumail Nanjiani on social media: “Hannity. Ahahahahahahhahaahha. If this happened in a movie, you’d think it was poorly written.”
Hannity confirmed he has no personal interest in the current proceedings, and he had asked that his conversations, which he understood were made under attorney-client privilege, “not be made a part of this prcoeeding.”