Sean Hannity Appears To Have Lifted His Legal Strategy Straight From ‘Breaking Bad’

On Monday, Twitter nearly imploded when it was discovered that Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, was also legal counsel to a third “mystery” party — who turned out to be none other than Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

Once the news broke, Hannity tried to talk his way out of the situation on his radio show. “I never gave him a retainer,” Hannity stated. “Never paid any fees. I may have handed him $10 once. I requested attorney-client privilege with him and assumed our conversations would be confidential, but they have never involved any matter with him and any third party.”

While it’s actually not required for a someone to give a lawyer money in order to invoke attorney-client privilege, it’s very common for the public to assume this, thanks to portrayals in the media. One of the most memorable examples is Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad.

As Huffington Post reports:

In the second season episode titled “Better Call Saul,” attorney Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) ― who would later star in his own show by that title ― urged Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul) to “put a dollar in my pocket” to ensure attorney-client privilege.  

To say that people noticed this interesting similarity would be an understatement.

Considering our current president is essentially a former game show host, perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that his allies are apparently taking legal cues from TV shows.