MSNBC's Rachel Maddow stated that she was “struggling not to laugh” after it was publicly announced that the unnamed third client of Michael Cohen was Fox News host Sean Hannity.
“It's a weird time in the news,” she said before beginning to explain the situation with President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen. “I still am struggling not to laugh. This has been a very weird day in the news.”
After being pressed during a hearing on Monday, Michael Cohen and his representation revealed to a federal judge that Cohen's previously unnamed client was Hannity.
“One of the anchors at the major pro-Trump news network has had an undisclosed relationship with the president’s lawyer all this time, while Fox has not told that to its audience and while Mr. Hannity and Mr. Cohen have apparently spent considerable effort trying to keep that relationship secret. What? That’s just lurid,” she said.
Moments later, she added that the situation is “all nuts.”
“But I will tell you, it is an odd little bit of comfort that in court, even in a case this crazy, it at least all gets sorted out in a sort of orderly fashion,” she stated.
Cohen's appearance in court on Monday was a response to the FBI's raids of his office, home, and hotel room last week.
Maddow speculated that the FBI's raids were approved because Cohen, and by extension President Trump, were committing “acts of concealment” and may make further evidence disappear.
Cohen's attorney made the argument that his legal team or a court-appointed attorney should be able to review all materials seized during the raids in order to determine whether the documents are protected under the attorney-client privilege.
Finally, Maddow equated the revelation to putting keys in the ignition of an automobile and having the engine not start, but instead “terrifying circus music started playing and the hood flew up and clowns and monkeys and elephants flew out instead.”
Hannity has since downplayed his relationship with Trump's personal attorney, claiming that he was never formally represented by Cohen in legal proceedings.
“I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective,” Hannity tweeted.
The president's response to the revelation seemed quite defensive.
“Attorney Client privilege is now a thing of the past. I have many (too many!) lawyers and they are probably wondering when their offices, and even homes, are going to be raided with everything, including their phones and computers, taken. All lawyers are deflated and concerned,” he tweeted.
Attorney Client privilege is now a thing of the past. I have many (too many!) lawyers and they are probably wondering when their offices, and even homes, are going to be raided with everything, including their phones and computers, taken. All lawyers are deflated and concerned!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2018
Maddow's segment can be watched below:
H/T: The Hill