Attorney Alan Dershowitz recently condemned host Sean Hannity for not having previously disclosed his relationship with Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer. Dershowitz emphasized the fact that Cohen had been a frequent topic for Hannity.
On Monday, Dershowitz was featured on Fox News to discuss ABC New's bombshell interview on Sunday with former FBI Director James Comey during “20/20.” The frequent Fox News guest started the segment by addressing the revelation from Monday that Hannity is Cohen's previously unnamed client.
“Well, Sean, I do want to say that I really think you should have disclosed your relationship with Cohen when you talked about him on this show,” Dershowitz said. “You could have said that you had asked him for advice or whatever. […] It would have been much, much better had you disclosed that relationship.”
He stated that Hannity was in a “difficult situation.”
“It was minimal,” Hannity responded.
“I understand that, and you should’ve said that,” Dershowitz replied. “You were in a tough position because, A, you had to talk about Cohen, and, B, you didn’t want the fact that you had spoken with him to be revealed. And you had the right, by the way, not to have your identity revealed.”
“I have the right to privacy […] It was such a minor relationship,” Hannity argued.
“You should have said that,” Dershowitz said.
During a hearing on Monday, Hannity was revealed to be Cohen's client. The hearing occurred following the FBI's raids of Cohen's office, hotel room, and home last week. Cohen's attorney shared Hannity's identity only after a judge had ordered him to do so.
Notably, Hannity had been a strong proponent of Trump and frequently defended the president on his Fox News show.
He has been critical of Stormy Daniels, her attorney Michael Avenatti, and even special counsel Robert Mueller. All three individuals were part of the attack on Cohen.
In response to Hannity's undisclosed relationship, the public has demanded for action against Hannity. Two Democratic politicians made formal complaints and called on Fox News to remove Hannity for the network, arguing that Hannity's coverage of the Cohen story would represent a conflict of interest.
Hannity repeatedly downplayed his link to Cohen, emphasizing the fact that Cohen had never formally represented him in legal proceedings.
“Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter. I never retained him, received an invoice, or paid legal fees. I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective,” Hannity tweeted.
The video segment can be watched below:
Alan Dershowitz (!) says that Hannity should have disclosed that he was a client of Cohen before discussing the FBI raid last week.
Hannity responds: “I have the right to privacy.” pic.twitter.com/lheMdQWqHl
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) April 17, 2018
H/T: The Hill