Earlier in the hour, Fox News contributor Alan Dershowitz chastised Hannity for failing to mention his link to Cohen before any of his many segments in which he covered the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on the attorney's office, hotel room and home last week.
But a letter to the court, Cohen's lawyers painted a very different version of events.
Anyway, also at today's hearing, the Judge Kimba Wood revealed, against the wishes of both Cohen and his mystery client, the name of the mystery client: Sean Hannity. "A gasp was heard in the courtroom when a Cohen lawyer disclosed the name of the third client: Sean Hannity", noted Bloomberg.
Hannity critics on Twitter noted that he has covered Cohen on his show before without disclosing any ties to Cohen. For his part, Hannity says his dealings with Cohen were limited to chats about real estate and that he may have paid him 10 bucks for attorney-client privilege in some cases.
"But I have occasionally had brief discussions about legal questions about which I wanted his input and his perspective", he said. In 2016, Hannity told the New York Times, "I never claimed to be a journalist" in response to questions about his role advising Trump.More news: Starbucks Issues Apology Over Philadelphia Store Arrests
After the hearing, Cohen left without comment.
The firebrand commentator is a close informal adviser to Trump, who has urged the public to watch Hannity's show, during which he regularly attacks the special counsel investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 campaign. Cohen arranged for the payment to be made and Trump told reporters last week he had no knowledge of it. On Monday, it was revealed that Cohen had also represented Hannity at one point.
On his radio show, Hannity said Cohen was never involved in any matter between him and any third party. This is now officially an all-hands-on-deck effort to totally malign and, if possible, impeach the president of the United States.
But even according to Hannity's account, he was taking free legal advice from someone on the president's payroll. Trump, of course, has not been silent: He last week called Comey a "slimeball", spiking a 60,000% increase in Webster searches for the word.
#Hannity needs to be put on leave immediately. The president should add to his team of top-notch lawyers a communications team, top-notch communication skills.More news: Dr. BR Ambedkar's Birth Anniversary Being Observed In Kharibari
He didn't mention any business connection or professional relationship with Cohen.
"Does anybody know if Sean Hannity has any long-planned vacations coming up?" tweeted actor-comedian Michael Ian Black. He said it was unusual to see his name appearing on the Fox News Channel and wondered aloud if he should release a statement. And I think he deserves to be fired.
On the other hand, he's said the opposite, too. He says he took out a home equity loan to personally pay porn actress Storm Daniels $130,000 to keep silent about an alleged affair with Trump.
One was Trump. Another was Elliott Broidy, a Trump fundraiser who resigned from the Republican National Committee on Friday after it was revealed that he paid $1.6 million to a Playboy Playmate with whom he had an extramarital affair.
Todd Harrison, a lawyer for Cohen, said at Friday's hearing that "thousands" of documents seized were likely privileged, and that many related to clients other than Trump.More news: Active Volume Stock: JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM)