Hannity downplays connection to Trump's personal lawyer

Fox News host Sean Hannity on Monday downplayed the revelation that he's been listed as a client of President TrumpDonald John TrumpClinton takes swipe at 'false equivalency' in media coverage of 2016 election Trump asked Netanyahu if he actually cares about peace: report Official: Trump to urge North Korea to dismantle nuclear program in return for sanctions relief MORE’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, following the FBI raids on Cohen last week.

“Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter,” Hannity tweeted. “I never retained him, received an invoice, or paid legal fees.” 

He added that his conversations with Cohen were "almost exclusively about real estate," and that he has "no personal interest" in Cohen's court appearance.

Cohen was in court on Monday in connection with the documents seized during the FBI raids last week on his office, home and hotel room.

During the proceedings, the judge ordered Cohen to reveal the identity of his previously unnamed third client, who turned out to be Hannity. 

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Cohen was in court asking for an order to let his team or a court-appointed attorney review the material seized in last week's raids before federal investigators can review them, in order to determine whether the documents are violations of attorney–client privilege.

Cohen is reportedly under investigation over allegations of bank fraud and violations of campaign finance law.

Hannity is a fierce ally of Trump's, and frequently defends him on his Fox News show. The two reportedly dined together at Mar-a-Lago late last month.

The raids on Cohen, which were conducted under the authority of the local U.S. attorney's office, came in part from a referral from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE in his probe into Russia's election interference and any possible coordination with the Trump campaign. 

Fears have risen among Democrats that, following the raids, Trump might try to fire Mueller or the Justice Department official to whom he reports, Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinGingrich: Trump ‘mishandled’ Rosenstein memo on Comey Trump aide: Mueller probe 'has gone well beyond' initial scope Trump disputes report that he calls Sessions 'Mr. Magoo' MORE

Fox News personalities such as Hannity and Lou Dobbs have been among the most vocal of the Trump allies criticizing Mueller's investigation.