Fox News Host Sean Hannity Should Be Subpoenaed Over Cohen Information Revealed During Trump Interview: Ex-Federal Prosecutor

An ex-federal prosecutor this week said Fox News host Sean Hannity should be subpoenaed after he made comments about President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen, who just testified before Congress.

Mimi Rocah, a former federal prosecutor with the Southern District of New York, on Thursday tweeted a response to a post from Wall Street Journal reporter Rebecca Ballhaus‏ about payments made by the president to women alleging they had an affair with him.

Ballhaus posted a quote from the Fox host, tweeting: "Sean Hannity to Trump in tonight's interview, on Michael Cohen and the hush-money payments: 'I can tell you personally, he said to me at least a dozen times, that he made the decision on the payments and he didn't tell you.'"

Rocah, now an analyst for MSNBC and NBC, said prosecutors should subpoena Hannity to learn more about these apparent conversations between the Fox host and Cohen.

"Right, and then Trump paid Cohen back anyway because he's such a nice guy. SDNY should subpoena Hannity. No Attorney-client priv here & he didn't learn this in his capacity as a 'journalist.'" Rocah tweeted.

Rocah would later point out that Trump was digging a deeper hole in this interview with Hannity. CNN reporter Manu Raju tweeted a quote from the president in the interview that read: "[Cohen] did and he made the decision. Remember this, he's an attorney - whatever decision he makes, you're supposed to rely on your attorney to make a decision ... It's also called reliance."

Rocah said Trump was digging a deeper hole, considering the public has heard tapes of a conversation seemingly involving the president and Cohen talking about a payout.

"Digging a deeper hole," Rocah tweeted Friday. "The recording we've already heard of Trump & Cohen talking about the payments shows this is a lie (& I bet there's more evidence on that front). So Trump is basically admitting it was illegal but saying 'not my fault' & that's not going to work."

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Fox News host Sean Hannity attends an event at Del Frisco’s Grille, in New York, on April 2, 2018. An ex-federal prosecutor this week said Hannity should be subpoenaed after he made comments about President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen. Theo Wargo/Getty Images

In the interview with Hannity, Trump reasserted his frequent line that there was "no collusion" and that Cohen lied in his testimony about pretty much everything but that.

"He lied about so many things and yet he could have said, he might as well lie about that one too, but he said no collusion," Trump said. "And everybody said no collusion."

In his testimony before Congress, Cohen alleged the president's lawyer edited his previous testimony, said Trump had advance knowledge of WikiLeaks' plans to release stolen Clinton emails and called the former reality TV star a racist, among other things.

"I am ashamed of my weakness and my misplaced loyalty—of the things I did for Mr. Trump in an effort to protect and promote him," Cohen said in his prepared remarks. "I am ashamed that I chose to take part in concealing Mr. Trump's illicit acts rather than listening to my own conscience. I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is. He is a racist. He is a con man. And he is a cheat."

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