- Sean Hannity was revealed to be the mysterious third client of Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen.
- It’s not the first time Hannity and Trump have been linked.
- Hannity has delivered unwavering support for Trump for years, while Trump has helped Hannity soar to the best ratings in cable news.
Fox News opinion host Sean Hannity was revealed on Monday to be one of the clients of Michael Cohen, the attorney for President Donald Trump, several news outlets reported.
Monday’s revelation wasn’t the first time Trump and Hannity have been linked. The pair have been close for years, well before Trump announced his candidacy for the presidency.
In fact, Trump and Hannity have benefited from each others’ platforms immensely — Hannity lent unwavering support to Trump when other news outlets were critical of him, while Trump’s frequent appearances on Hannity’s show boosted Hannity to some of the highest ratings in cable news.
Look inside the relationship of Trump and Hannity to see how what they first bonded over and how close they remain today:
Before he was president, Trump was a frequent guest on Fox News. His friendship with Hannity seems to have formed around 2011, when Hannity gave Trump airtime to promote a conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States.
Source: Fox News
A year later, in 2012, Hannity revealed on his show that he advised Trump not to run in that year’s presidential election as an independent candidate.
Source: Media Matters for America
Throughout Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, the candidate found a safe haven in Hannity’s show, where he was shielded from the critical press coverage he received on other networks.