Dem lawmaker calls on Fox News to fire Hannity

Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyHouse bill targets US passport backlog Democrats weigh next steps on Jan. 6 probe Tlaib, Democrats slam GOP calls for border oversight to fight opioid crisis MORE (D-Va.) said Monday that Fox News should fire Sean Hannity following the revelation that he is a client of President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

Hannity has frequently covered stories about Cohen — including the FBI raids on the New York lawyer's home, hotel room and office last week — without revealing his own connection.

ADVERTISEMENT

“I think he is so into this like a pig in the mud he can’t get out of it. And I think he deserves to be fired. His word can never again be trusted,” Connolly said on CNN.

Connolly said Hannity’s involvement with Cohen represents a conflict of interest, calling it “a big stain on Hannity and Fox News.”

He also hit Hannity for spreading conspiracy theories about former President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClintons, Stacey Abrams meeting Texas Democrats Biden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote MORE and slain Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich.

Cohen’s attorney revealed earlier Monday that Hannity is the previously unnamed third client for whom Cohen has done legal work. The revelation came during a hearing connected to the FBI raids.

At least one other Democratic lawmaker, Rep. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierJimmy and Rosalynn Carter celebrate 75th anniversary, longest-married presidential couple Military braces for sea change on justice reform House panel plans mid-July consideration of military justice overhaul MORE (Calif.), called for Hannity to be suspended over the news.

Cohen's attorney revealed Hannity's identity as they sought to argue they should be able to review materials seized in the raid before federal prosecutors, so that they can determine what documents are protected by attorney–client privilege.

Hannity downplayed the news, asserting that Cohen had never formally represented him in legal proceedings.

“I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective,” Hannity tweeted, adding that those conversations “dealt almost exclusively about real estate." 

Hannity is a staunch ally of Trump’s and frequently defends the president on his Fox News show. He was fiercely critical of last week’s raids. 

—Updated at 8:14 p.m.