Hannity Criticized On His Own Show By Dershowitz: You Should Have Disclosed Your Relationship With Cohen

Fox News host Sean Hannity faced some awkward questions on his own show Monday night when Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz took him to task for failing to disclose his relationship with President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

Hannity was revealed to be a client of Cohen's in a federal court on Monday, after the judge turned down a request to keep Hannity's name sealed. The revelation prompted criticism of the Fox star, given his frequent and staunch defense of Cohen on his TV show.

And Dershowitz appeared unwilling to let the matter slide without comment, telling Hannity he should have made it clear he was a client of Cohen's.

Alan Dershowitz (!) says that Hannity should have disclosed that he was a client of Cohen before discussing the FBI raid last week.

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"First of all, Sean, I want to say that I really think that you should have disclosed your relationship with Cohen when you talked about him on this show. 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," Dershowitzsaid.

Despite Hannity tellingDershowitz he would discuss the matter later, the legal expert refused to let it drop, telling the host, "You are in a tough position. You had to talk about Cohen, and you didn't want the fact that you had spoken to him to be revealed."

Although Hannity did not provide an immediate explanation, he did tackle the issue at the end of his show, saying, "I never retained his services. I never received an invoice. I never paid Michael Cohen for legal fees."

The Fox host admitted having "occasional brief conversations" with Cohen about legal questions but said this "never rose to any level that I needed to tell anyone that I was asking him questions. And to be absolutely clear: They never involved any matter, any—sorry to disappoint so many—matter between me or third parties, or third groups, at all."

Hannity added, "My questions, exclusively almost, focused on real estate. I said many times on my radio show, I hate the stock market. I prefer real estate. Michael knows real estate."