"Apparently he works for free", Kimmel said of Cohen, adding: "What kind of legal advice doesn't involve a third party, unless maybe Sean Hannity was thinking about suing himself?"
"My attorney and I are committed to making sure that everyone finds out the truth and facts of what happened, and I give my word that we will not rest until that happens", Daniels said. He didn't have to say, "I've asked legal questions of him", but Hannity could have said he was friends with Cohen to cover pretty much all the bases.
Hannity said "I never retained his services, I never received an invoice".
Hannity's denial fatally undermined any credible claim by Cohen that their communications were protected from disclosure by the attorney client privilege. Hannity's head would explode in spittle-flecked rage. Instead, Hannity said he "occasionally had brief discussions about legal questions" with the attorney.
Although he later clarified his comments to suggest that he expected that some of his conversations with Cohen would be confidential, his earlier denial that a relationship ever existed renders that expectation unpersuasive.
Cohen's lawyers said investigators "took everything" during raids last week on his residence and office.
Attorney Michael Cohen entered federal court in Manhattan on Monday for the afternoon proceeding. The client? None other than Sean Hannity!More news: Minnesota Vikings greatest 7-round draft of all
Hannity, whose denial contradicts the claim, faced multiple boycott attempts past year following similar moves that brought down O'Reilly. After he stirred a scandal by hyping the Seth Rich conspiracy theory - a line of hokum created to safeguard President Trump from the Russian Federation investigation - Hannity told media reporter Michael Calderone, "Nobody tells me what to say on my show". His show is an important part of Fox's profit engine, but is also a constant source of controversy.
Fox News host Sean Hannity says it's "no big deal" that he consulted with Donald Trump's personal lawyer about his own legal affairs. And, if no money was exchanged but the men did have a business relationship, was there some other sort of payback offered by Hannity to Cohen?
Later in the day, the network's 8 p.m. host Tucker Carlson strongly defended Hannity. "Just because Sean works with the fixer, doesn't mean he's done anything that needs fixing", the host said. He's not under investigation by anyone for anything.
But prosecutors said Trump had no more rights under the law than anyone else if his lawyer committed a crime. Those used to be the rules, but the rules have changed.
That revelation nudged the conservative commentator into the orbit of those who have lately come under legal scrutiny related to the investigations of Trump and his associates by the special counsel, Robert Mueller, and the USA attorney's office in Manhattan.
Anti-Mueller and anti-FBI themes are a daily feature of Fox's pro-Trump talk shows.
Jimmy Kimmel, who recently had a public feud with Hannity following a skit on his Jimmy Kimmel Live! show which mocked First Lady Melania Trump's accent drew the ire of the Fox News host and many critics on social media, quickly jumped on the link between Cohen and Hannity.
Although he did not say whether he fathered a child, Mr. Broidy did admit to a relationship.