Hannity Slammed for Failing to Disclose Cohen Connection

Experts say it raises major ethical issues
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2018 4:25 AM CDT
Updated Apr 17, 2018 6:07 AM CDT
In this April 12, 2018 photo, Sean Hannity attends The Hollywood Reporter's annual 35 Most Powerful People in Media event in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
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(Newser) – Sean Hannity is trying very hard to downplay the fact that he failed to disclose that he was among attorney Michael Cohen's clients—but even some of his fellow Fox hosts are taking him to task. On The Five, Juan Williams wondered why Hannity neglected to mention his relationship with President Trump's personal lawyer when he was denouncing the raid on his offices last week. "Why when Sean was on the air, strongly an advocate for President Trump, not saying, 'Hey, I’ve got a relationship with the lawyer?'" Williams asked. "I think that’s a question." Late-night hosts, meanwhile, reacted with undisguised glee at the news of the connection, which was revealed during a court hearing Monday. More:

  • A scolding. Harvard law Prof. Alan Dershowitz told Hannity off on his own show Monday night for failing to disclose the relationship, saying it would have been "much, much better" if he had mentioned it, the New York Daily News reports. Hannity told viewers that no third party was involved and although he consulted Cohen on legal questions, he never paid the attorney for any services. It "never rose to any level that I needed to tell anyone that I was asking him questions," Hannity said. He earlier said the conversations had been mainly about real estate.

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