Hannity Opens Show With Short Montage of Anchors Saying His Name Before Moving On to Comey


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At the top of his program tonight, Fox News’ Sean Hannity briefly addressed the bombshell revelation that he was the mystery third client of Trump attorney Michael Cohen. With the media laser-focused on this story, the pro-Trump Fox News host let his audience know that he was going to discuss it. Right away, he welcomed “all of you liberals in the media and all across America, everyone out there that may not usually watch, tuning in, about some recent news about yours truly that came up today.” After stating he would address the “rumors and speculation” later in the show, he then hit the media for going nuts over the story. “Today, for hours and hours, the media has been absolutely apt apoplectic and hyperventilating over some breaking news that I have been listed in court today as a client for a long time trump attorney Michael Cohen,” Hannity Continue reading "Hannity Opens Show With Short Montage of Anchors Saying His Name Before Moving On to Comey"

Watch MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Comically React to Hannity Being Outed as Michael Cohen’s Client


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You just knew that the moment it was revealed that Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s mystery third client was none other than pro-Trump Fox News host Sean Hannity, Hannity’s cable news competitors were going to have a field day. And at the top of his program this evening, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes had some fun at Hannity’s expense. While recapping the major news from today’s federal court hearing involving last week’s FBI raid on Cohen’s office and hotel room, Hayes brought up the dramatic showdown between Cohen’s lawyers and the judge over the disclosure of Cohen’s secret client. “The judge was not having it, forcing Cohen’s team to ‘fess up,” the MSNBC host declared. “And client number three was — drum roll please — none other than Trump TV host Sean Hannity, who railed against the Cohen raids last week without disclosing his own connection.” And with that, Hayes made
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Greg Gutfeld Mocks ‘Little Blue Check’ Twitter For ‘Convulsing With Joy’ Over Hannity News


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While his The Five colleague Juan Williams questioned why Sean Hannity didn’t disclose his legal relationship with Trump attorney Michael Cohen when advocating on the air for the president, Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld brushed off today’s bombshell revelation as no big deal. And took great joy in ridiculing the media world’s online reaction to the news. “Leave it to Sean to be part of a scandal and have the least salacious part,” Gutfeld said. “His stuff is so common sense. I love this — I loved it so much for you to go on Twitter. Everybody was convulsing with joy over this news.” He continued, “They thought we have another scalp. It’s going to be amazing. These little blue check comrades together hoping — seeing this is going to be the best day ever.” Gutfeld went on to state that these kinds of stories never end up being Continue reading "Greg Gutfeld Mocks ‘Little Blue Check’ Twitter For ‘Convulsing With Joy’ Over Hannity News"

Stormy Daniels Lawyer: ‘Sean Hannity Got Thrown Under the Bus By Michael Cohen’s Counsel’


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You’d be forgiven if the revelation that Fox News host Sean Hannity was Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s mystery third client made you briefly forget that porn star Stormy Daniels attended today’s federal court hearing on the records seized during last week’s FBI raid. Daniels and her attorney, Michael Avenatti, made sure you remembered they were there this afternoon. And Avenatti weighed in on today’s bombshell. Speaking to reporters after the hearing — the judge denied Cohen’s motion for a temporary restraining order — Avenatti responded to a question about Cohen’s attorneys revealing Hannity was a client of Trump’s “fixer” by saying it “speaks volumes.” “And I think Sean Hannity got thrown under the bus by Michael Cohen’s counsel today, who was clearly more concerned about protecting the president than protecting Sean Hannity,” the lawyer declared. “But we will let them sort that out.” While on the surface Continue reading "Stormy Daniels Lawyer: ‘Sean Hannity Got Thrown Under the Bus By Michael Cohen’s Counsel’"

Gabriel Sherman: Cohen Bombshell Doesn’t Violate Hannity’s Rules ‘Because He Doesn’t Have Any’


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Following the bombshell revelation that Trump attorney and “fixer” Michael Cohen’s mystery third client was none other than pro-Trump Fox News host Sean Hannity, media discussion immediately revolved around the journalistic ethics of Hannity covering and commentating on the Cohen story while not disclosing his legal relationship with Cohen. Well, the way Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman described it, Hannity didn’t cross any boundaries on his programs because he doesn’t have any. “Is there a rule, is there something about being a pundit or is a guy like Sean Hannity, certainly in the last 18 months, given his tight relationship with Trump were, his remarkably favorable interviews, the degree to which they talk, the advice that is sought from Sean Hannity by Donald Trump, the fact that Donald Trump tweets about Sean Hannity, does he have any rules he has to follow?” MSNBC’s Ali Velshi asked Sherman this afternoon. Continue reading "Gabriel Sherman: Cohen Bombshell Doesn’t Violate Hannity’s Rules ‘Because He Doesn’t Have Any’"

Hannity Reportedly Hired Michael Cohen To Help Combat Ad Boycotts Following O’Reilly’s Firing


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This afternoon brought the absolutely blockbuster revelation that Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s mystery third client was pro-Trump Fox News host Sean Hannity. Immediately following the breaking news, which came out of Cohen’s federal court appearance over last week’s FBI raid, Hannity released a short statement that said Cohen was a longtime friend and he sought legal advice from Cohen. Calling into MSNBC minutes after the bombshell was dropped, Vanity Fair‘s Gabriel Sherman — who has reported on the inside workings of Fox News for years — reported that Hannity hired Cohen last year following Bill O’Reilly‘s ouster from Fox News in the wake of a severe ad boycott. “You know, this is a fast-moving story, so I am going to be doing a lot more reporting but what I have heard so far is that at some point last year Sean Hannity hired Michael Cohen to help defend Continue reading "Hannity Reportedly Hired Michael Cohen To Help Combat Ad Boycotts Following O’Reilly’s Firing"

Twitter Completely Loses It Over Revelation That Sean Hannity Is Michael Cohen’s Client


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Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen appeared in federal court today for a hearing related to materials that were seized by the FBI during a raid last week. During the hearing, US District Judge Kimba Wood demanded that Cohen reveal his three clients, with Trump and Elliot Broidy already being known. Eventually, Cohen was forced to reveal the name of his mystery third client. And it ended up being SEAN HANNITY! As you would expect, the revelation that the pro-Trump Fox News host was a client of Trump’s “fixer” caused Twitter to absolutely melt down. Especially since following the raid, Hannity passionately railed against the FBI’s action — without revealing he was Cohen’s client, of course. Here’s just a sampling:

GOP Sen. Tillis on Republicans Upset With His Bill to Protect Mueller: ‘Spare Me Your Righteous Indignation’


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A Republican senator who has been a fervent supporter of President Donald Trump since the 2016 campaign is now the lead sponsor of a bill that will protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller from possibly being fired by the president. And he isn’t in the mood for criticism from his side of the aisle, noting it would be hypocritical for him not to support it. In an interview with Politico, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) explains that he feels it is consistent with his beliefs to support the Senate bill, stating that if the president were a Democrat his GOP colleagues would support protecting the special counsel. “The same people who would criticize me for filing this bill would be absolutely angry if I wasn’t pounding the table for this bill if we were dealing with Hillary Clinton,” he told Politico. “So spare me your righteous indignation.” Tillis said that Continue reading "GOP Sen. Tillis on Republicans Upset With His Bill to Protect Mueller: ‘Spare Me Your Righteous Indignation’"

KY Gov. Matt Bevin: I’m Sorry For Saying Children Were Sexually Assaulted During Teacher Protests


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Last Friday, teachers participated in a rally at the Kentucky state capitol to call for increased education funding, causing 30 Kentucky schools to be closed that day. In response to the school closures due to the teacher protests, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said that he could “guarantee” that children were being sexually assaulted and poisoned because they were home alone instead of at school. “I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them,” Bevin declared, in comments posted on Twitter by reporter Marcus Green. “I guarantee you somewhere today a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were home alone because a single parent didn’t have any money to take care of them. I’m offended by the idea that people so cavalierly and so flippantly disregarded what’s truly best for children.”

Comey Invokes Bush and Obama to Shade Trump: He’s a ‘Counterpoint’ to ‘Ethical Leadership’


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Over the past few days, President Donald Trump has had a LOT to say about former FBI Director James Comey’s upcoming memoir. Hours ahead of the airing of Comey’s highly anticipated ABC interview and with a number of book excerpts and preview clips having already hit, the president suggested Comey should be jailed while trashing the ex-FBI chief in a series of Sunday morning tweets. This afternoon, Comey responded with a not-so-subtle subtweet in which he clearly commended Trump’s two predecessors while holding up POTUS as an example of unethical leadership. Continue reading "Comey Invokes Bush and Obama to Shade Trump: He’s a ‘Counterpoint’ to ‘Ethical Leadership’"

Former First Lady Barbara Bush In Failing Health and Not Seeking Additional Medical Treatment


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CNN reported on Sunday that former First Lady Barabara Bush is in failing health. The 92-year-old wife of former President George H.W. Bush has been suffering from COPD and congestive heart failure for some time now and has been in the hospital numerous times over the past year. Jim McGrath, the Bush couple’s post-White House spokesperson, released the following statement on Sunday afternoon: Per the statement, Mrs. Bush has decided to stop seeking additional medical attention and instead will seek comfort care at home. It also states that she is surrounded by her family during this time. [image via Getty Images] — Follow Justin Baragona on Twitter: @justinbaragona

Trey Gowdy Comes to Robert Mueller’s Defense For Referral That Led to FBI’s Cohen Raid


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As President Donald Trump continues to rail against the FBI’s raid of his attorney Michael Cohen’s office, calling it an “attack on our country” and claiming it violates attorney-client privilege, a prominent Republican lawmaker came to the defense of Special Counsel Robert Mueller for his referral that led to the search warrants. “Let’s start with the FBI raid on the home, the hotel, and the offices of president Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen which raises obvious questions about possible violation of attorney/client privilege,” Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC). “As a former federal prosecutor, are you convinced that this raid was appropriate or at least on its face not inappropriate?” Gowdy, who recently announced he will not seek re-election this year, said that a neutral magistrate had to sign off on the search warrant and that it also required the highest levels of the Continue reading "Trey Gowdy Comes to Robert Mueller’s Defense For Referral That Led to FBI’s Cohen Raid"

Tapper Smacks Down Fox Contributor For Complaining He Labeled Angus King an Independent


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For some reason, Fox News business contributor Gary Kaltbaum thought it would be a good idea to accuse CNN’s Jake Tapper of media bias on Sunday over Tapper’s State of the Union interview with Sen. Angus King (I-ME). So, what was Kaltbaum’s beef? Well, here’s the tweet: Yep, the political commentator thought it was outrageous that Tapper had the temerity to label an independent senator as an…independent. Oof. The CNN anchor wasn’t about to let that slide and highlighted that not only was it correct to refer to King as an independent, but that Fox News had done the same thing in the past.

Nikki Haley Dodges When Pressed on Trump’s Attacks on FBI: I’ve Been ‘Drowning In All Things Syria’


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During an appearance on CBS News’ Face the Nation, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley declined to comment on President Donald Trump’s recent attacks on the FBI and former FBI Director James Comey, stating that she has been too busy dealing with foreign policy to pay attention to the president’s comments. “The president called the FBI raid on his personal attorney’s home an attack on our country in a true sense,” CBS host Margaret Brennan asked. “Fired off a number of tweets about the fired FBI director calling him a slimeball, suggesting he should be jailed. What is the president’s state of mind?” Haley noted that she has spoken to the president several times in recent days and that Trump has been very focused on Syria and the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime. This caused Brennan to press again on Trump calling Continue reading "Nikki Haley Dodges When Pressed on Trump’s Attacks on FBI: I’ve Been ‘Drowning In All Things Syria’"

Sarah Sanders Touts Rasmussen Poll Numbers To Prove That Trump Is More Credible Than Comey


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Ahead of the airing of his hotly anticipated primetime interview with former FBI Director James Comey, ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos spoke to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. And during her appearance on Sunday’s This Week, the press secretary parroted much of President Donald Trump’s recent attacks on the ex-FBI chief while pointing to an outlier poll to tout Trump’s credibility. After Sanders began the interview by pointing to Comey’s remarks that Hillary Clinton’s then-likely presidential victory was on his mind when he released his infamous late-October 2016 letter revealing the re-opening of the email server investigation, the ABC host asked her if she really wanted to compare credibility between Comey and Trump. “Are you sure you want to be engaged in a credibility contest with James Comey?” Stephanopoulos asked. “I think the [Washington Post] cited more than 2,000 instances where the president and the White Continue reading "Sarah Sanders Touts Rasmussen Poll Numbers To Prove That Trump Is More Credible Than Comey"

Paul Ryan: James Comey Is a Man of Integrity ‘As Far As I Know’


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President Donald Trump has been railing against former FBI Director James Comey for days now as Comey has been all over the news due to his highly anticipated book and upcoming media tour. With excerpts and preview clips already driving the news cycle, the president and his team have tried their level best to frame the ex-FBI chief as an opportunistic liar. During an interview that aired on Sunday’s Meet the Press, retiring Speaker of the House Paul Ryan did not jump on the trash Comey wagon. Asked by NBC’s Chuck Todd if he felt Comey was a “man of integrity,” Ryan stated that what he knows of Comey would indicate he is. “As far as I know,” the outgoing Republican leader answered. “I don’t know him very well.” Todd further wanted to know if Ryan would trust Comey’s judgment, leading the Wisconsin lawmaker to note that he Continue reading "Paul Ryan: James Comey Is a Man of Integrity ‘As Far As I Know’"

Sarah Sanders Called Out For Tweeting Misleading Photo Celebrating Syria Strike


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On Saturday evening, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted out a photo of the Situation Room, stating that the president had put “our adversaries on notice” the previous night. The implication of the photo was that Trump and his staff were reacting to Friday night’s military strike on Syria. Only one problem with the tweet — Vice President Mike Pence wasn’t in Washington on Friday evening. The photo shows Pence at the table thus highlighting that it was taken earlier in the week as the vice president was in Peru on Friday. This was not lost on a number of sharp-eyed folks:

Trump Defends ‘Mission Accomplished’ Tweet As ‘Great Military Term’: ‘Use Often!’


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President Donald Trump was extremely online Sunday morning. And besides railing against former FBI Director James Comey hours ahead of ABC airing a highly anticipated interview that is sure to drive the news cycle, the president also touched on his much-derided tweet in which he utilized a highly loaded term. A day after the United States, along with the UK and France, launched a missile strike against Syria in response to President Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons, Trump sent a tweet claiming “Mission Accomplished!” Of course, many recalled President George W. Bush’s ill-advised 2003 declaration months into the Iraq War. This morning, the president defended his use Continue reading "Trump Defends ‘Mission Accomplished’ Tweet As ‘Great Military Term’: ‘Use Often!’"

Don Lemon Says He ‘Can Punch Brian Stelter in the Face’ To Make Point About Trump’s Hannity Tweet


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So this was a thing that happened tonight. During a spirited CNN panel discussion, anchor Don Lemon got into it a bit with Trump-defending political commentator Jason Miller over the president’s tweet promoting Wednesday night’s broadcast of Fox News’ Hannity. And during the exchange, Lemon used the example of punching a colleague in the face to make a point to Miller. “Jason, is it appropriate for the President of the United States to promote a single cable news show bashing a special counsel investigation into his campaign?” Lemon asked Miller. After the former Trump campaign advisor said the president can promote whatever he wants because it is his First Amendment right, Lemon interjected and press him on whether it was appropriate Trump promote Hannity. “I think he can do it if he wants,” Miller responded. “This is — we’re obviously in a new era here where I think the Continue reading "Don Lemon Says He ‘Can Punch Brian Stelter in the Face’ To Make Point About Trump’s Hannity Tweet"

Trump Has Reportedly Signed Off on Pardoning Ex-Dick Cheney Chief of Staff Scooter Libby


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Remember Scooter Libby? He was the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney who was convicted of lying to the FBI and obstruction of justice in 2007 over the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. At the time, President George W. Bush commuted his 30-month prison sentence but did not pardon him. Well, President Donald Trump is set to change all that. According to ABC News, the president has already signed off on a pardon for Libby and has been considering it for several months. As ABC reported, many conservatives have been pushing for Libby’s pardon, including husband-wife lawyer team Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing, who were at one point supposed to join Trump’s legal team. This wouldn’t be Trump’s first controversial pardon, Last year, the president gave ex-Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio a pardon after Arpaio was found guilty of contempt over his refusal to stop Continue reading "Trump Has Reportedly Signed Off on Pardoning Ex-Dick Cheney Chief of Staff Scooter Libby"