Hannity downplays connection to Trump's personal lawyer

Fox News host Sean Hannity on Monday downplayed the revelation that he’s been listed as a client of President TrumpDonald John TrumpPoll: Less than half of Americans think their taxes are too high Comey pulls no punches with Trump Incoming Pence adviser withdraws nomination following reports Trump opposed candidacy MORE’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, following the FBI raids on Cohen last week.

“Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter,” Hannity tweeted. “I never retained him, received an invoice, or paid legal fees.” 

He added that his conversations with Cohen were “almost exclusively about real estate,” and that he has “no personal interest” in Cohen’s court appearance.

Cohen was in court on Monday in connection with the documents seized during the FBI raids last week on his office, home and hotel room.

During the proceedings, the judge ordered Cohen to reveal the identity of his previously unnamed third client, who turned out to be Hannity. 

Cohen was in court asking for an order to let his team or a court-appointed attorney review the material seized in last week’s raids before federal investigators can review them, in order to determine whether the documents are violations of attorney–client privilege.

Cohen is reportedly under investigation over allegations of bank fraud and violations of campaign finance law.

Hannity is a fierce ally of Trump’s, and frequently defends him on his Fox News show. The two reportedly dined together at Mar-a-Lago late last month.

The raids on Cohen, which were conducted under the authority of the local U.S. attorney’s office, came in part from a referral from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE in his probe into Russia’s election interference and any possible coordination with the Trump campaign. 

Fears have risen among Democrats that, following the raids, Trump might try to fire Mueller or the Justice Department official to whom he reports, Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinPartisan tensions rise as Mueller bill delayed Trump: My other lawyers are wondering if they’ll be raided GOP senator: Mueller protection bill would send strong message to Trump MORE

Fox News personalities such as Hannity and Lou Dobbs have been among the most vocal of the Trump allies criticizing Mueller’s investigation.