A Democratic lawmaker has challenged Fox News to fire popular host Sean Hannity in the wake of news that he is a client of President Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen.
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said Monday on CNN: “I think he is so into this like a pig in the mud he can’t get out of it. And I think he deserves to be fired. His word can never again be trusted.”
Hannity has covered many stories about Cohen, including the FBI raids on the lawyer’s home, hotel room and office last week, without revealing his own connection.
Connolly said that the Fox host’s involvement with Cohen is a conflict of interest and called it “a big stain on Hannity and Fox News.”
Connolly didn’t stop there. He lashed out at Hannity for spreading conspiracy theories about former President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and killed Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich.
It was revealed on Monday by Cohen’s lawyer that Hannity is the previously unnamed third client that Cohen has done legal work for. This news came during a hearing connected to the FBI raids.
Connolly was not alone, another Democratic lawmaker called for Hannity to be suspended over the revelation. Rep. Jackie Speier tweeted on Monday: “#Hannity needs to be put on leave immediately. How can a network claim to be ‘fair and balanced’ when their top anchor has a relationship with Cohen — Trump’s enforcer and main conduit for info and shady deals? #Cohens3rdClient”
#Hannity needs to be put on leave immediately. How can a network claim to be “fair and balanced” when their top anchor has a relationship with Cohen — Trump’s enforcer and main conduit for info and shady deals? #Cohens3rdClient
— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) April 17, 2018
The attorney for Cohen revealed Hannity’s identity while they were seeking to be able to review materials seized in the raid before federal prosecutors. Cohen’s lawyers believe they should be able to determine what documents are protected by attorney-client privilege.
Hannity defended his involvement with Cohen saying he had never formally represented him in legal proceedings.
“I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective,” Hannity tweeted, adding that those conversations “dealt almost exclusively about real estate.”
The Fox News host is a strong ally of Trump’s and frequently defends the president on his show. He was a fierce critic of the raids on Cohen last week.
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Credit: The Hill