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Tue Apr 17, 2018, 08:13 AM

You have to ask why Cohen's/Trump's lawyers claimed Hannity as one of 3 'clients' in the first place

...if the relationship was as Hannity described, as advice on real estate. Cohen is a heavy, a fixer, not a real estate lawyer, certainly not someone a multi-millionaire would employ for 'advice.'

Maybe there are documents they are seeking to suppress under some attorney-client privilege claim which involve Hannity. After all, that was the gist of the Trump attorney complaints - they were seeking, ultimately, to suppress evidence seized by the FBI which involved communications between Cohen and his 'clients.'

Wonder what Cohen has regarding Hannity (and others) that Trump lawyers are so desperate to keep quiet?

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Reply You have to ask why Cohen's/Trump's lawyers claimed Hannity as one of 3 'clients' in the first place (Original post)
bigtree Apr 2018 OP
greymattermom Apr 2018 #1
bigtree Apr 2018 #5
blogslut Apr 2018 #2
bigtree Apr 2018 #6
blogslut Apr 2018 #12
bigtree Apr 2018 #13
blogslut Apr 2018 #14
mercuryblues Apr 2018 #8
malaise Apr 2018 #11
PJMcK Apr 2018 #3
bigtree Apr 2018 #9
onenote Apr 2018 #4
bigtree Apr 2018 #7
Nitram Apr 2018 #10
greatauntoftriplets Apr 2018 #15

Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2018, 08:17 AM

1. So what if Hannity inquired about a "problem"

that he wanted "fixed"? Maybe his "problem" wanted some real estate, like a condo, in exchange for keeping quiet about an affair, a child, something like that. So what everyone has said may be true.

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Response to greymattermom (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 17, 2018, 08:25 AM

5. right

...you have three individuals represented by Trump lawyers as clients of Cohen.

Two used him as a fixer for sexual matters. The other claims to have used him for advice he says he likely paid $10 for.

No matter. No apparent receipt, no signed agreement means there's a very limited number of things now that could possibly fall under some stretch of privileged communications between Cohen and Hannity, I would guess they would have to involve 'real estate.'




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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2018, 08:21 AM

2. Media Matters says Cohen was hired by Hannity to 'go after' them

https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2018/04/16/Sean-Hannity-is-Trump-lawyer-Michael-Cohens-secret-client/219958

...Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman reported on MSNBC soon after that Hannity hired Cohen “to help defend him against left-wing groups that were calling for boycotts,” an apparent reference to Media Matters’ well-publicized campaign to get advertisers to stop supporting Hannity’s program. Sherman added that Hannity may have hired “other lawyers and/or private investigators” as part of the effort...

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Response to blogslut (Reply #2)

Tue Apr 17, 2018, 08:29 AM

6. I think those tasks would fall under 'business' not legal representation

...Cohen and the PIs would be operating as businessmen in these instances, not attorneys.

None of those communications should be privileged.

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Response to bigtree (Reply #6)

Tue Apr 17, 2018, 09:22 AM

12. Not according to Gabriel Sherman of Vanity Fair

https://www.mediamatters.org/video/2018/04/16/report-sean-hannity-hired-michael-cohen-defend-him-against-media-matters-advertiser-boycott/219956

...SHERMAN: But what I have heard so far is that at some point last year, Sean Hannity hired Michael Cohen to help defend him against left-wing groups that were calling for boycotts in the wake of Bill O'Reilly's ouster from Fox News under pressure from advertisers and left-wing groups.

My sources said Hannity got very, quote, "paranoid" and hired Cohen, and perhaps other lawyers and/or private investigators to look into these groups that were calling for boycotts and trying to get Hannity off the air. Now, this could be very interesting because oftentimes private investigators are hired by law firms because it allows attorney-client privilege to be maintained. So there is a scenario in which if they seized Michael Cohen's documents inadvertently we might be able to learn to what degree did Sean Hannity try to go after his enemies with shady tactics like private investigators...


Look, I'm just relaying another possibility of why Mr. Thumb hired Mr. Dumb. I don't care how these low-browed slack-jaws go down. As long as they go down and stay down, I'm cool.

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Response to blogslut (Reply #12)

Tue Apr 17, 2018, 09:56 AM

13. I don't think Cohen 'gives legal advice'

..he's a fixer and a dirty trickster.

At any rate, there doesn't seem to be any documentation of an attorney client relationship. My guess would be that he hired Cohen to do what Cohen does best, and that wouldn't be providing this multi-millionaire with legal advice.

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Response to bigtree (Reply #13)

Tue Apr 17, 2018, 10:30 AM

14. What I think they are suggesting is...

Hannity had Cohen hire private investigators to dig dirt instead of Hannity hiring PIs directly.

Maybe in doing so, if called out, the investigators could say they worked for Cohen, thus keeping Hannity looking as innocent as a little baby lamb.

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Response to blogslut (Reply #2)

Tue Apr 17, 2018, 08:47 AM

8. If this was the case

he probably has a publicist on his payroll. But say you did want a lawyer for this. Wouldn't a lawyer that specializes in public image, not sweeping potential sex scandals under the rug? Unless that was the reason your public image needed protecting, in the 1st place.

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Response to blogslut (Reply #2)

Tue Apr 17, 2018, 09:07 AM

11. Note that Hannity responded during Nicole Wallace's program n/t

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2018, 08:21 AM

3. Hannity is hanging on a hook

Cohen has claimed in court that Hannity was a client. That is the equivalent, I believe, of sworn testimony. Cohen probably has paperwork or recordings of his interactions with Hannity.

In contrast, Hannity's responses to this revelation have been weak sauce on Twitter and lame excuses on his broadcasts.

Before this is over, we'll know the nature of the Hannity/Cohen relationship.

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #3)

Tue Apr 17, 2018, 08:48 AM

9. I'm betting there isn't a signed agreement

...I would have expected one of them to have produced something by now, a contract, a receipt... something.

That would allow anything found to be placed on the evidence pile.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2018, 08:23 AM

4. The privilege belongs to Hannity not Trump's lawyers

It would be up to Hannity to keep it quiet. If he wanted that, he would never say he wasn't a client.

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Response to onenote (Reply #4)

Tue Apr 17, 2018, 08:34 AM

7. interesting how he appears to be ambivalent about outright declaring Cohen wasn't representing him

...I think to preserve a right to claim some sort of privileged communications that may be uncovered in the evidence pile.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2018, 09:04 AM

10. I suspect Cohen did more than pay hush money to mistresses. He is probably deals in

dirty tricks, too. Anything too shady for a real attorney.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2018, 10:37 AM

15. I wondered about that, too.

Hannity likely has an existing relationship with a lawyer to handle contract matters, estate planning, his will, etc. Why wouldn't he consult with that person about real estate issues?

Something stinks in his explanation...er, excuse.

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