Earlier this month, the FBI raided attorney Michael Cohen’s office, hotel room and home. Among other things, the FBI seized records related to the payment of porn star Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels.
Cohen had paid porn star Clifford $130,000 of his own money just weeks before the 2016 presidential election. It is alleged that Cohen paid this money to Clifford to keep quiet about a sexual relationship that she had with President Donald Trump.
Michael Cohen is the longtime lawyer and personal friend Trump. He is often referred to by the media as “The Fixer” and likened to the main character from the Showtime series about a professional fixer for the rich-and-famous. Cohen assumed the moniker himself when he described his relationship with Trump to Fox News during an interview with CNN in 2011.
President Trump referred to the FBI raid as an attack on the United States and also called it disgraceful, saying the raid demonstrates that client-lawyer privilege is dead. Cohen’s attorney said that the raid was unnecessary and inappropriate.
Trumps maintains that he had no idea that Cohen had paid the money to Clifford. Returning from an event in West Virginia, Trump was asked by reporters if he knew about the payment to the porn star. Trump denied having any knowledge, and didn’t respond to questions on whether or not he had set up a fund that Cohen could use to make hush payments. When asked why Cohen paid the money to the adult-film star, Trump told them that they would have to ask Cohen that question.
This past week, Cohen was back in federal court. He was ordered by a judge to release the name of another client — Sean Hannity — one of the most popular figures in the conservative commentariat.
The moment that Hannity was identified as one of Cohen’s clients, speculation ran wild. In fact, when the name was released in court, the audience reacted audibly. The liberal media immediately and automatically assumed that Cohan must have done some big thing for Hannity. As Vanity Fair put it, “you only hire Cohen for one thing.”
Some of the outlandish theories included that Hannity had a woman problem that needed to be fixed. Another theory was that Cohen had arranged a meeting between Hannity and Julian Assange.
The news that Hannity was one of Cohen’s clients raises questions about the conservative news host’s ability to fairly cover recent news events concerning the president and Cohen. Hannity has long been an advocate of the president. Fox News denied that the network knew of the relationship, and issued issued a statement saying that they did not know that Hannity had ever sought legal advice from Cohen. However, Fox said that they are standing by Hannity, saying the host has their “full support.”
When the news broke about Hannity and Cohen’s relationship, Hannity was on-air at the time. He immediately responded on his show, saying the news was not really a big deal, and that he had known Cohen for many years and occassionally obtained legal advice for minor real estate issues.
Hannity maintains that he had never sought Cohen’s help for any matter between him and another party. Hannity also said that he never retained Cohen or paid him a dime in legal fees. The Fox correspondent said that he just wanted Cohen’s input about minor issues. Hannity said that he assumed that the conversations were confidential, however, they never involved any third party.
Hannity also denied that he has any personal interest in the proceeding that is currently going on now between Cohen and President Trump. He maintains that his conversations with Michael Cohen were simply about real estate. It seems that the liberal media has once again blown up a story that really is nothing.
~ Liberty Planet