Stephen Colbert calls out Sean Hannity for conflict of interest

Apr 18, 2018, 03:17
Stephen Colbert calls out Sean Hannity for conflict of interest

In federal court in Manhattan on Monday, it was revealed that Hannity was the mysterious third-client of Donald Trump counselor Michael Cohen. "Now he's on his program saying it was really nothing, I was asking for legal advice about real estate". Hannity frequently draws connections on his show between different people to suggest something nefarious is afoot - like a "deep state" plot against President Trump - so it's particularly damaging when he is revealed to have secret connections of his own to figures he supports, he said.

With Hannity's photo on the screen, Noah put his hands together as if in prayer, looking up to the sky while mouthing the words "thank you". Even on his own show, Hannity was criticized for not doing so.

This isn't the first time Carrey has illustrated the right-wing host. Ingraham eventually apologized for her comments, but advertisers have kept away.

But it will likely trigger new questions about the lack of accountability for Fox's highly rated, highly opinionated talk show hosts.

The only answer I can think of is that Cohen liked the idea of being so closely tied to such a prominent person as Hannity.

Stephanopoulos apologized on the air for failing to mention his donations, calling it "a mistake".

Cohen's lawyers revealed during a hearing Monday on the FBI's raid of his office and residence that he has been the attorney for the staunch Trump supporter for the past two years.

"This morning, Michael Cohen was forced to revel the name of a mystery third client", Kimmel said. I did have occasional, brief conversations with Michael Cohen, this great attorney, about legal questions I had. Hannity claimed that Cohen has "never represented me in any matter" and said he has only asked Cohen for legal advice related to real estate. "I never paid legal fees to Michael".

Cohen previously paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 reportedly in an effort to keep her quiet about an alleged 2006 affair with Trump, while he also reportedly arranged a $1.6 million payout to a Playboy model who had become pregnant through her relationship with Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy, his other client.

But things are sometimes different at Fox News, where Hannity does not follow the same rulebook as his colleagues, both inside the network and in the industry at large. "Any one of us would be fired [or] suspended in a NY minute for a similar transgression". But Sekulow had not yet joined the Trump team then.

As Newsweek's Greg Price wrote, Hannity-a staunch Trump supporter-has regularly covered the Cohen raids, downplaying their importance while also slamming authorities and special counsel Robert Mueller. Hannity has been covering the story surrounding Cohen on his Fox News show, leading to concerns about a conflict of interest. Indeed, advisers to the president now believe the Cohen inquiry to be more unsafe to Trump than the special counsel's probe of Russia's interference in the 2016 election, according to The New York Times. He said the media was "absolutely apoplectic and hyperventilating".

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