Did Sean Hannity Learn About Attorney-Client Privilege From 'Breaking Bad'?


CNN's Alisyn Camerota and Brian Stelter discussed what it takes to be an ethical journalist on "New Day" Tuesday, after it was revealed Fox News host Sean Hannity has a connection to President Donald Trump's attorney Michael Cohen.

Cohen, of course, arranged a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Trump. Sources told CNN last week that Cohen had facilitated a payment plan totaling $1.6 million a year ago to a former Playboy model who says she became pregnant by Elliott Broidy, a leading GOP fundraiser.

A new article from The Washington Post points out similarities between the way Hannity remembers his interaction with attorney Michael Cohen, and how Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) helped out Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Pinkman (Aaron Paul) back in season two of the AMC drama.

During his live radio show, he seemed flustered that he was getting a steady stream of phone and email messages about it. Addressing Hannity's comments about Cohen, Kimmel said, "It's interesting, he has a lawyer he doesn't pay".

Over on ABC, Jimmy Kimmel asked, "What kind of legal advice doesn't involve a third party, unless maybe Sean Hannity was thinking about suing himself?"

The Hannity story is just a sidebar - but a confusing one for sure. I would guess Cohen claimed Hannity as a client to protect any notes he might have taken about their conversations.

Hannity said on his radio show that he had never retained Cohen "in any traditional sense", but that he occasionally went to him with legal questions.

Daniels says the man in the drawing threatened her about seven years ago
Daniels says the man in the drawing threatened her about seven years ago

Michael Cohen, personal lawyer of President Donald Trump, arrives for a court hearing at the US Courthouse in New York, April 16, 2018. A federal judge disagreed. "This is with the media in this country does", Hannity said.

"Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter", Hannity tweeted after Cohen's lawyers identified him as the third unnamed client. "He's a great attorney, about legal questions I had or I was looking for input and perspective".

Hannity denied on Twitter that Cohen has represented him, and Kimmel picked apart Hannity's tweet in his monologue. The government argued that since Cohen doesn't have "a lot" of clients there should be no privilege.

Those staples of a tabloid tale thickened the plot in court Monday in NY in the first step of a legal battle with potentially grave consequences for Trump, following the stunning Federal Bureau of Investigation raid last week on his personal attorney Michael Cohen.

"In terms of journalism, the rules of journalism that we follow, there's something called full disclosure and it works like this", Camerota said.

"I really think that you should have disclosed your relationship with Cohen when you talked about him on this show", Dershowitz said. Then, a little later, he said that actually Michael is just a friend-friend who gives good legal advice, and that they actually they just talk about real estate, mostly. What do you think about this?

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