Fox News host Sean Hannity reportedly hired President Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen in an effort to stop a boycott of Hannity’s Fox News show in 2017.
Vanity Fair journalist Gabriel Sherman told on MSNBC that Hannity hired Cohen “to help defend him against left-wing groups that were calling for boycotts,” an apparent reference to a boycott pushed by the fact-checking organization Media Matters.
Sherman said Hannity may have hired “other lawyers and/or private investigators” as part of the effort.
Hannity claimed on Twitter that Cohen never represented him and that he (Hannity) never paid him any legal fees:
Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter. I never retained him, received an invoice, or paid legal fees. I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 16, 2018
However, Hannity said on his radio show that he paid Cohen $10, notes Toronto Star journalist Daniel Dale:
Hannity went from “I never paid legal fees to Michael” to “I might have handed him 10 bucks” in like four minutes. What gifts will the next four minutes bring? https://t.co/jzelxW9ZqC
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) April 16, 2018