Rachel Maddow 'Struggling Not to Laugh' Over Hannity, Cohen Revelation

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said she could hardly contain her chuckles over the revelation Monday that Fox News host Sean Hannity was the secret third client of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's lawyer who was recently raided by the FBI.

"In court today we got the name of Cohen's third client made public and honestly, don't even ask me to tell you what it means," Maddow said on-air via a clip posted by Mediaite.

Maddow continued, clearly amused by the situation. "Again, don't even ask me. I have no idea," she said. "This is like: Every day you get up, you take a shower, you get dressed, you go out to the driveway to start the car. Every day it's the same, you do this every single day of your life. Except today you got in the car, you put the key in the dashboard, you went to turn it to start the engine like you do every time and today the engine didn't start and instead terrifying circus music started playing and the hood flew up and clowns and elephants and monkeys flew out instead. What! It's who?"

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Maddow then went on to recount just a portion of the news involving Cohen and how weird it all had become. "It's all nuts. It's nuts," Maddow said via the Mediaite clip. "But I will tell you, it is an odd little bit of comfort that in court, even in a case this crazy, it at least all gets sorted out in a sort of orderly fashion."

The host, clearly tickled with the situation, walked through the transcript and the slow build to Hannity's name being revealed—and how some in the courtroom gasped and reportedly struggled to stifle laughter.

"I still am struggling not to laugh," Maddow said. "This has been a very weird day in the news. One of the anchors at the major pro-Trump news network has had an undisclosed relationship with the president's lawyer all this time, while Fox has not told that to its audience and while Mr. Hannity and Mr. Cohen have apparently spent considerable effort trying to keep that relationship secret. What? That's just lurid."

Hannity, for his part, has downplayed his connection to Cohen since the dramatic courtroom reveal. "Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter," he tweeted. "I never retained him, received an invoice, or paid legal fees. I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective."

As Newsweek's Greg Price wrote, Hannity—a staunch Trump supporter—has regularly covered the Cohen raids, downplaying their importance while also slamming authorities and special counsel Robert Mueller.