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FILE - In this April 12, 2018 file photo, Fox News personality Sean Hannity attends The Hollywood Reporter's annual 35 Most Powerful People in Media event in New York. Hannity is President Donald Trump's most vocal defender on television, and a week ago he was on the air criticizing the FBI raid on the president's personal attorney Michael Cohen as evidence that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's "witch hunt" against the president has become a runaway train. It was revealed in a court hearing Monday, April 16, that Cohen also represented Hannity. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
April 16, 2018 - 3:21 PM

NEW YORK - Sean Hannity shares a world view with President Donald Trump and on Monday it was revealed, with some reluctance, that he shares a lawyer, too.

The Fox News Channel prime-time host is Trump's most vocal defender on television, and a week ago he was on the air criticizing the FBI raid on the president's personal attorney Michael Cohen as evidence that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's "witch hunt" against the president has become a runaway train.

After it was revealed in a court hearing Monday that Cohen represented Hannity, Fox News did not immediately say whether it knew that ahead of time, or whether Hannity had any ethical obligation to reveal that relationship to viewers. A threat to Hannity is a threat to Fox: His show is the most-watched program on the network and he runs neck-and-neck with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow as the most popular on-air cable news personality.

Monday's hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood in New York was about what should happen to seized material from Cohen. Cohen's lawyers did not want to publicly reveal that Hannity was a client, but Wood said that "I understand he doesn't want his name out there, but that's not enough under the law."

Hannity said on his radio show that he had never retained Cohen "in any traditional sense," but that he occasionally went to him with legal questions. While he said he had not paid Cohen, he believed their discussions were protected under attorney-client privilege. He later tweeted that he mostly asked Cohen questions about legal matters.

"It never, ever involved a matter between me and any third party," Hannity said.

During his live radio show, he seemed flustered that he was getting a steady stream of phone and email messages about it.

"I don't think this is such a big deal," he said. "Why do you think the media is going crazy on this?"

CNN and MSNBC heavily covered the revelation. Fox did, too, but spent far less time on it Monday afternoon. Still, it was noteworthy that on Fox's show "The Five," panelist Juan Williams said Hannity had some questions to answer.

"The question for me is, why Sean didn't disclose this earlier," Williams said.

Besides supporting Trump on his show, Hannity reportedly talks to the president regularly and, last week, Trump even tweeted out a promotion, telling his followers that Hannity was going to have a big show coming up.

It's not the first time Hannity and Trump have shared a lawyer, either. Hannity, who said Monday that he had eight lawyers representing him in various matters, revealed last summer on his radio show that he had hired Trump attorney Jay Sekulow. Sekulow has been a frequent guest on Hannity's Fox show.

On his Fox show last Monday, Hannity said that the Cohen raid represented a "dangerous phase" of Mueller's investigation "and there is no turning back from this."

He said earlier that day, on his radio show, that a sense of "mission creep" had developed.

"It seems that there's no limit at all into the fishing expedition that Mueller is now engaged in and if he has access to everything that (Trump's) personal attorney has, I can only imagine where that's going to lead."

A week later, he found out.

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