Cohen and his attorneys appeared in federal court Monday in NY to challenge the FBI on the materials seized in the raid.
Rachel Maddow prefaced her show by saying "this is going to be sort of an interesting show tonight", referring to Michael Cohen's disclosure that Sean Hannity was his third, previously undisclosed client.
Hannity, 56, said on Monday that he had never paid for Cohen's services or been represented by him, but had sought confidential legal advice from him.
Yes. Not only did Cohen's lawyers state this fact in court, but Hannity admitted as much while also (weakly) attempting to deny it. He added that their discussions "never involved any matter. between me [and] a third party, a third group".
"I understand he doesn't want his name out there, but that's not enough under the law", she said, after hearing legal arguments from Robert Balin, a lawyer for five news organizations including The Associated Press.
Fox News has at least feigned concern about the basic tenets of journalism ethics in the past.
When Michael Cohen was revealed to have reportedly paid adult film star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in "hush money" to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Donald Trump, the story dominated the news cycle.
While Hannity was quick to jump on the social media platform to try and both clarify his arrangement with Cohen and distance himself from the beleaguered attorney, Kimmel's Twitter feed has remained silent on the matter. Hannity didn't have to say he was a client of Cohen's because it's possible the dude is just conflating who he considered a client and who he didn't (three clients are better than two, I suppose).
Hannity nodded to transparency concerns last May when Sekulow appeared on his show, introducing him as someone "who's done legal work for me in the past".
"Why doesn't @FoxNews have a conflict of interest policy requiring Hannity to disclose his personal interest in the Cohen search when commenting on it?" tweeted Walter Shaub, the former director of the independent Office of Government Ethics. At the time, he was married to First Lady Melania Trump.
By concealing a friendship and legal relationship with one of the president's lawyers, Hannity seemed to run afoul of ethical norms in the news business. One of his guests, almost-Trump lawyer Joe diGenova, opined on the air that Jeff Sessions has an "obligation" to fire Rod Rosenstein for authorizing the "unconstitutional and unprofessional" search of Cohen's offices. He looks a bit foolish for going nuts over the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on Cohen's office given the fact Hannity didn't disclose the relationship with Cohen.