While appearing on CNN, the cable outlet once deemed the “least-trusted” name in network news, Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., demanded Fox News fire Sean Hannity over his association with Trump attorney Michael Cohen.
The Virginia Democrat also claimed Hannity is untrustworthy because he did not disclose his ties to Cohen while commenting on issues related to the Trump administration.
“Today’s announcement that Sean Hannity was the third client, to me, deserves a lot of attention,” he told Wolf Blitzer. “Sean Hannity has been among the lowest of the low, wrestling in the mud of birther conspiracy, Seth Rich conspiracies about the young man who was murdered here in Washington, that maybe that was a different kind of murder — all kinds of conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton. Distributing false and fake news left and right, and now what we learn is, as he’s defending the president’s lawyer on television, he has a conflict of interest and ethical conflict of interest. He is one of those clients. He never revealed that. And I think that is a big stain on certainly Mr. Hannity, but also Fox News.”
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“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,” he said.
The Hill said that “Hannity has frequently covered stories about Cohen — including the FBI raids on the New York lawyer’s home, hotel room and office last week — without revealing his own connection.”
The Hill added:
Cohen’s attorney revealed Hannity’s identity as they sought to argue they should be able to review materials seized in the raid before federal prosecutors, so that they can determine what documents are protected by attorney–client privilege.
Hannity downplayed the news, asserting that Cohen 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.”
Reports failed to include the news that Kimba Wood, the federal judge who ordered Trump attorney Michael Cohen identify Hannity as a “client,” officiated George Soros’ 2013 wedding and has ties to Hillary Clinton, the most evil person ever nominated to the White House by a major party.
Here’s video, posted to Twitter:
Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-MA) calls on Fox News to fire Sean Hannity pic.twitter.com/jsnCeHhK8J
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) April 16, 2018
Connolly wasn’t the only Democrat to demand Hannity’s firing. The Hill said that Rep. Jackie Speier D,Calif., called for his suspension.
#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
Hannity, meanwhile, has fired back at his detractors, the Daily Caller said.
“Am I surprised by any of this? No, of course not, because this is with the media in this country does,” Hannity said. “Let me set the record straight. Here’s the truth. Michael Cohen never represented me in any legal matter. I never retained his services. I never received an invoice.”
“I never paid Michael Cohen for legal fees. I did have occasional brief conversations with Michael Cohen, he’s a great attorney, about legal questions I had, where I was looking for input and perspective. My discussions with Michael Cohen never rose to any level that I needed to tell anyone that I was asking him questions. And to be absolutely clear, they never involved any matter, any — sorry to disappoint so many — matter between me, a third party, a third group at all.”
“My questions exclusively almost focused on real estate. I said many times on my radio show, I hate the stock market, I prefer real estate. Michael knows real estate. So, in response to all the wild speculation, I want to set the record straight here tonight. I never asked Michael Cohen to bring this proceeding on my behalf. I have no personal interest in this legal matter. That is all there is, nothing more.”
Exit question: If this is the standard we are now to use, shouldn’t every liberal talking head be fired for connections or associations they may have with attorneys or others connected to left-wing politicians? Or is it just those who work at Fox?
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