Fox News commentator Sean Hannity said there are tens of thousands of lawyers in the United States, including thousands who specialize in real estate, which is why he sought real estate advice from Michael Cohen, a lawyer who’s known for his work silencing women Donald Trump had sex with before he became president.
“When you’re thinking about investing money in real estate, do you go to a lawyer who knows a lot about title searches, mortgage financing, and property liens, or do you go to a lawyer who knows about hush payments and non-disclosure agreements?” Hannity said today on his show, Hannity.
“I know the liberals and crooked Hillary enablers would like you to believe I should get my advice from a real estate lawyer, but the fact of the matter is, if your lawyer can’t protect you against salacious sex accusations, why would you go to that person for real estate advice?” he said.
Hannity wouldn’t disclose the real estate deal he was working on with Cohen, but he indicated that it wasn’t in Moscow, where Cohen is said to have some real estate experience. Reportedly, he represented Trump in an effort to get a Trump Tower built in Moscow about a decade ago. The deal fell through when Trump couldn’t find Russian partners to work with.
“Michael Cohen is more than a sex lawyer,” Hannity said. “It might be true two of his three clients involve silencing women who had sex with wealthy Republicans, but his third client—me—involves real estate. I think if a third of a lawyer’s work involves real estate, he’s a real estate lawyer, thank you very much.”
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