Fox News host Sean Hannity sparred with attorney Alan Dershowitz on Monday night over the news Hannity had a professional relationship with Michael Cohen, the lawyer for President Donald Trump who is now under fire.
Hours after it was reported Hannity was a client of Cohen's, Dershowitz told Hannity he should have disclosed the link between the two because he talks about and defends him on TV.
"First of all, Sean, I want to say that I really think that 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. But I think it would have been much, much better."
Hannity then interjected and said the relationship he had with Cohen "was minimal," to which Dershowitz — a frequent guest on Hannity's show — replied:
"It would have been fair to say that it was minimal. You are in a tough position. You had to talk about Cohen, and you didn't want the fact that you had spoken to him to be revealed. You had the right, by the way, not to."
The remainder of the brief exchange went as follows:
Hannity: "I have the right to privacy."
Dershowitz: "It is a complex situation when you are speaking to millions of people."
Hannity: "Professor, it was such a minor relationship in terms of it had to do with real estate."
Dershowitz: "I understand that."
Hannity promised to address the story later in his show.
Two offices, an apartment, and a hotel room tied to Cohen were the subject of FBI raids last week. Cohen is reportedly under investigation for bank fraud, wire fraud, and other charges.
Cohen paid a porn star $130,000 before the presidential election and signed a nondisclosure agreement with her that was geared at preventing her from speaking about her alleged affair with Trump. The raids were reportedly tied to that payment.
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