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The investigation of Cohen - which has pitted the president against his own Justice Department - took another unexpected turn Monday with the courtroom revelation that one of Cohen's legal clients was Fox News commentator Sean Hannity.

The former is best-known as President Donald Trump's lawyer for the Russian Federation probe, and the latter is married to attorney Joseph diGenova, who along with her husband was announced as two additions to the president's legal team last month only to be taken off of it after conflicts of interest were revealed.

Responding to the revelation, Hannity on Monday called his dealings with Cohen a "minor relationship" and said he had asked questions that "focused nearly exclusively on real estate".

On Hannity's primetime show on Fox News, Dershowitz told the host he should have disclosed his relationship with Cohen during his frequent discussions about Cohen in recent weeks.

Hannity told Dershowitz that his interaction with Cohen was "minimal".

"You could have said that you had asked him for advice or whatever, but I think it would have been much, much better had you disclosed that relationship".

"I have a right to privacy", Hannity said in response.

"I don't know how you get around that".

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Hannity articulated his relationship with Cohen, denying a traditional client/lawyer relationship.

After a montage of reporters mentioning his name regarding Cohen, he said his association with Cohen was based on his real estate dealings.

But Michael S. Ross, a lawyer who specializes in the attorney-client privilege and teaches the subject at both Brooklyn and Cardozo Law School, questioned the legal reasoning by Mr. Cohen and Mr. Trump's lawyers, especially when it came to the attorney-client privilege. But as a self-described "opinion journalist", he could reasonably be expected to divulge a conflict of interest such as the one involving Cohen. He wrote, 'Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter.

Daniels, who had an alleged sexual encounter with Trump more than a decade ago, filed a lawsuit against him over a nondisclosure agreement that was coordinated by Cohen.

Cohen and Trump had asked the court to give his lawyers first look at the seized materials so they could identify documents that were protected by attorney-client privilege.

Hannity responded to the ensuing media reportage, telling his audience that Cohen never represented him in any legal matter and that he never "retained [Cohen's] services".

He was referencing his good friend and former colleague from the "The Daily Show", who was known for his attacks on Fox News and his various feuds with Hannity.

"Now keep in mind, Cohen was never part of the Trump administration, or the Trump campaign", he said then. While Fox News did their best to defend Hannity, MSNBC wasn't as kind. And he was not about to let the news about his Cohen connection change that.

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