Micheal Cohen, President Trump's personal lawyer, has friends in some low places.
Before making his first court appearance for a hearing after federal officials raided his home, office, and hotel room last week, Cohen told a federal judge that he had given legal advice to three people in the past year. One was obviously President Trump. The second was Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy, and the third was a person whose identity Cohen refused to disclose.
That is until the federal judge demanded that he publicly release the name.
And now we know that person is Fox News host Sean Hannity.
It's a shocking revelation, and the internet lost its damn mind.
I mean. Hannity. It’s too much. It’s too much. It’s so predictable that it’s unpredictable. God needs to do more rewriting.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) April 16, 2018
Hannity has aggressively and unflappably promoted Trump's agenda for the whole of his presidency. Additionally, he has worked tirelessly to discredit Robert Mueller's investigation of possible Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.
Just last week on his show, Hannity posited an image of strings connecting people to Mueller with the heading "The Mueller Crime Family?" He has also consistently said that Mueller is investigating out of his mandate.
The federal raid on Cohen's offices was signed off on by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after receiving information from Mueller. It's unknown whether Hannity suspected that his secret lawyer might be revealed by Mueller, but it's a bad look either way.
And of course, this all plays into the popular conception that Hannity is merely state-run media.
TONIGHT ON HANNITY: Are the endangered rhinos at the zoo TOO horny?
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) April 16, 2018
It seems a little unethical of Hannity to have been covering the Michael Cohen raids without disclosing that he’s a client.
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) April 16, 2018
Sean Hannity being a client of Michael Cohen’s while also doing a bunch of segments on the raid, etc. without disclosing he’s been a client of Cohen’s is honestly not even cracking the top-3 most professionally/journalistically problematic things Hannity has been doing since 2016
— Asawin Suebsaeng (@swin24) April 16, 2018
While the dust hasn't begun to settle on this wild news, and the ramifications are still very much unknown, the jokes about this utterly predictable and yet still totally jaw-dropping news has not stopped.
FRED: now let's see who Michael Cohen's mystery client really is [removes mask]
GANG: [gasps in unison] OLD MAN SEAN HANNITY!
— Born Miserable (@bornmiserable) April 16, 2018
Also, please don't forget that weird time that Hannity vaped on camera.