After news broke Monday that Fox News personality Sean Hannity was at some point a client of President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Hannity responded on his radio show and with a statement on his website that he never retained Cohen in any legal matter; rather Hannity claims he only approached Cohen with legal questions regarding real estate.
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.
I assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third-party.
In response to some wild speculation, let me make clear that I did not ask Michael Cohen to bring this proceeding on my behalf, I have no personal interest in this proceeding, and, in fact, asked that my de minimis discussions with Michael Cohen, which dealt almost exclusively about real estate, not be made a part of this proceeding.
The speculation was bound to be wild considering that Cohen is known to have assisted at least two men -- Trump as well as former RNC official Elliott Broidy -- in paying hush money to women with whom they allegedly had engaged in affairs.
No further details emerged from the court hearing Monday that would clarify the nature of Cohen's relationship with Hannity.