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Hannity also hired Jay Sekulow — Trump’s top lawyer in the Russia probe: report

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In late May of 2017, a radio station in Oklahoma received a cease and desist from two lawyers representing Fox News personality Sean Hannity: Jay Sekulow and Victoria Toensing. The former is best-known as President Donald Trump’s lawyer for the Russia probe, and the latter is married to attorney Joseph diGenova, who along with her husband was announced as two additions to the president’s legal team last month only to be taken off of it after conflicts of interest were revealed.

The Atlantic revealed the identities of the two lawyers in the aftermath of the courtroom revelations that Hannity was the mysterious third client of Trump’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen — a relationship the Fox News host described as “informal” to viewers Monday night.

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Sekulow and Toensing sent the letter to Tulsa’s KFAQ after conservative activist Debbie Schlussel alleged on the station’s Pat Campbell show that Hannity had acted in a “creepy” manner with her and invited her to his hotel room. When reached for comment by the Atlantic, Toensing, who along with her husband has appeared as a guest on Hannity’s show, admitted that she had “at that time” represented the Fox News host, but would not say whether she still does.

“I’ve just learned in the press that anybody who is Sean Hannity’s lawyer is going to be blasted so I think this phone call is over,” she told the Atlantic. “I’m wondering what attorney-client privilege means to anybody. I don’t say who my clients are, sometimes I do, and many times, most of the time, I do not.”

“I don’t have time for these silly questions,” Hannity told the Atlantic via text when reached for comment. He also reportedly included links to posts on the conservative NewsBusters and Daily Caller websites “about ethical misconduct in the mainstream media.”

As the report notes, the cease and desist was sent before Sekulow joined the president’s legal team.

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