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    What’s with Hannity’s Changing story re Cohen?

    The Fox News host himself offered contradictory responses, denying that Cohen had ever represented him as an attorney, yet saying elsewhere that he might have taken legal advice from him. In a statement provided by Fox, Hannity said:

    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. I assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third party.


    On his radio show on Monday, Hannity offered a slightly different, and somewhat contradictory, answer. “Michael never represented me in any matter, I never retained him, I never paid legal fees to Michael,” Hannity said, appearing to contradict Cohen’s attorney’s statement in court. “But I have occasionally had brief legal discussions with him where I wanted his input and perspective.” Yet Hannity then said he “might have handed” Cohen $10 and said, “I want attorney-client privilege on this.” It’s not clear whether that would meet the legal standard to establish an attorney-client privilege.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics...t-no-3/558167/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eve1 View Post
    The Fox News host himself offered contradictory responses, denying that Cohen had ever represented him as an attorney, yet saying elsewhere that he might have taken legal advice from him. In a statement provided by Fox, Hannity said:

    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. I assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third party.


    On his radio show on Monday, Hannity offered a slightly different, and somewhat contradictory, answer. “Michael never represented me in any matter, I never retained him, I never paid legal fees to Michael,” Hannity said, appearing to contradict Cohen’s attorney’s statement in court. “But I have occasionally had brief legal discussions with him where I wanted his input and perspective.” Yet Hannity then said he “might have handed” Cohen $10 and said, “I want attorney-client privilege on this.” It’s not clear whether that would meet the legal standard to establish an attorney-client privilege.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics...t-no-3/558167/
    The two statements by Hannity which you claim to be somewhat contradictory look almost identical to me.

    So I'm not really seeing your point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eve1 View Post
    Yet Hannity then said he “might have handed” Cohen $10 and said, “I want attorney-client privilege on this.”

    Hannity needs to make up his mind. Is he, or was he a legal client of Mr. Cohen's, or wasn't he?

    It's a simple yes or no question. Even a meathead should be able to answer it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    Hannity needs to make up his mind. Is he, or was he a legal client of Mr. Cohen's, or wasn't he?

    It's a simple yes or no question. Even a meathead should be able to answer it.
    He has been clear. He is saying Cohen has never represented him - he was just someone he went to for some legal advice.

    Not sure what is so complicated about his two statements. They both say essentially the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy View Post
    He has been clear. He is saying Cohen has never represented him - he was just someone he went to for some legal advice.

    Not sure what is so complicated about his statement.

    If that's the case, then he is calling Michael Cohen a liar, because Cohen testified in court today that Sean Hannity is one of his three legal clients.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    If that's the case, then he is calling Michael Cohen a liar, because Cohen testified in court today that Sean Hannity is one of his three legal clients.
    Not necessarily - as you can technically be someone's "client" but still just seek legal advice from them.

    So unless Cohen has testified that Hannity sought actual representation from him involving a third party I don't see that their statements are incompatible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy View Post
    Not necessarily - as you can technically be someone's "client" but still just seek legal advice from them.
    No. It's a simple yes or no question. The true answer can't be "maybe".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy View Post
    He has been clear. He is saying Cohen has never represented him - he was just someone he went to for some legal advice.

    Not sure what is so complicated about his two statements. They both say essentially the same thing.
    That is really splitting hairs.

    Going to a lawyer for advice makes you a client.

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    Talk to a lawyer you meet at a party, pick his mind on a matter, that could be legal advice without there being a lawyer/client relationship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RNG View Post
    That is really splitting hairs.

    Going to a lawyer for advice makes you a client.

    Hannity probably fucked up and told the truth as his first response. Now, he's trying to backpedal and say "maybe" he was a client.
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