Hannity Is One of Trump's Least Sycophantic Advisers

This 11 April 2018 file

This 11 April 2018 file

For many, including myself, this was simply confirmation of the obvious: Fox has no rules for the likes of Hannity.

"While Fox News was unaware of Sean Hannity's informal relationship with Michael Cohen and was surprised by the announcement in court yesterday, we have reviewed the matter and spoken to Sean and he continues to have our full support", a spokeswoman for Fox News said. "Michael Cohen never represented me in any legal matter", Hannity told viewers, referring to reports of their relationship as "wild speculation".

On Tuesday, the Atlantic report, which may be read online at this link, revealed that Hannity has been represented by Trump's Russian Federation lawyer Jay Sekulow and another lawyer who Trump attempted to hire for the Russian Federation collusion investigation, Victoria Toensing. When he tires of being buttered up, Trump turns for a bracing dose of straight talk to Sean Hannity.

Fox News host was represented by Trump's Russian Federation lawyer Jay Sekulow, as well as Victoria Toensing who was almost hired by Trump last month, "Atlantic" Magazine finds. Several commentators taking a journalism-is-as-journalism-does tack have used Hannity's current quandary as an opportunity to restate ethical boundaries and to take Fox News to task.

"As you can imagine, there was really shock in the courtroom", the CNN correspondent said.

It is also unclear why, if Cohen's work for Hannity was innocuous, the two men sought to keep their relationship secret.

Judge Kimba Wood denied Cohen's request Monday and forced Hannity to be named in open court.

So what it looks like, of course, is that Cohen could have similarly helped Hannity silence a woman who might have told an embarrassing story.

And this information was revealed as lawyers for the President, Michael Cohen, federal prosecutors and the media argued about who should be allowed access to information or material seized pursuant to a federal search warrant executed on Cohen's office, home and hotel room last week.

"Sometimes, Hannity gets him fired up", the adviser said. I never paid a legal fee.

Cohen was thrust into the spotlight in January after the Wall Street Journal reported that he'd secretly provided $130,000 in hush money to adult film actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 USA presidential election to keep her quiet about an affair she allegedly had with Trump. How many people in this country could actually call into the White House and immediately be put through to the president? Fox News is now calling the shots. One of the reasons we are so incapable as a nation today of thinking straight about major issues is the misinformation some cable TV hosts peddle every night.

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