Fox News host Sean Hannity may have inadvertently given the House of Representatives a reason to subpoena him after he claimed on Thursday that Michael Cohen disclosed information to him about hush money payments to Stormy Daniels.
While interviewing President Donald Trump Thursday night, Hannity said Cohen told him that he made the payments to Daniels on his own volition.
“I can tell you personally, [Cohen] said to me at least a dozen times, that he made the decision on the payments and he didn’t tell you,” Hannity told Trump. “He told me, personally.”
To which Trump concurred: “Yeah, he did.”
Hannity admits he's talked to Cohen about hush payments pic.twitter.com/4rw8L7kAKi
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) March 1, 2019
The problem with this, as CNN’s Don Lemon pointed out, is that Cohen kept recordings of himself explaining to Trump how he would go about setting up the payoff.
Hannity says Michael Cohen didn't tell President Trump about illegal hush payments. Trump agrees.
The audio recording begs to differ….. pic.twitter.com/z1CskoHC2X
— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) March 1, 2019
Cohen, Trump’s former fixer, told the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday that Trump knew of the payments to Daniels in the fall of 2016 and that Trump personally reimbursed him the following summer. Cohen even brought a copy of a check for $35,000 signed by Trump.
— Derly Uribe (@derlyuribe) March 1, 2019
Hannity’s perjury accusation prompted Democratic Congressman David Cicilline (RI) to tweet Thursday night that “Sean Hannity is now volunteering himself as a witness. I look forward to his testimony.”
Sean Hannity is now volunteering himself as a witness. I look forward to his testimony. https://t.co/eOjhlkg4mU
— David Cicilline (@davidcicilline) March 1, 2019
But legal experts who witnessed the exchange between Hannity and Trump agree that a subpoena would be the most appropriate course of action.
Cohen is a cooperating witness in the Southern District of New York’s investigation into the president, his businesses, his charity, and his alleged involvement in campaign finance violations. Cohen, who will begin a three-year prison sentence in May, named Trump – “Individual-1” – as a co-conspirator.
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.” https://t.co/F4xCkJ0qOX
— Mimi Rocah (@Mimirocah1) March 1, 2019
Hannity just made himself a witness in a congressional inquiry and the SDNY probe https://t.co/pdSnvztayR
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) March 1, 2019
Sounds like Sean Hannity might be in line to give some Congressional testimony soon…
— Katie Phang (@KatiePhang) March 1, 2019
— Susan Solomon (@SusanSolomon) March 1, 2019
— Sande (@Sandlynn2) March 1, 2019
Also, based on what he said, @seanhannity knew a federal crime had been committed and didn’t do anything about it?
— Rachel Quenzer (@rachelquenzer) March 1, 2019
Twitter went wild.