I started tasting some of the old Hannity bile in the back of my throat again Monday after it came out in federal court that the Fox News host and staunch defender of President Donald Trump was one of three clients of the president’s attorney and self-described fixer, Michael Cohen.

Conflict of interest and failure to disclose don’t come near describing the sins of a show host on a channel with the word “News” in its title behaving as Hannity did in his handling of stories involving his secret lawyer.

What’s dangerous to this country is not a legal investigation of possible Russian interference in the 2016 election, it’s media outlets like Fox News and prominent hosts like Hannity working secretly with members of Trump’s inner circle like Cohen – and hiding such relationships from the public.

If t was nothing wrong with the relationship between Hannity and Cohen, why did Cohen and his attorney ask the judge Monday if they could keep from naming the Fox host as a client in open court? Cohen wanted to write Hannity’s name on a piece of paper, put it in a sealed envelope and hand it to the judge for her eyes only.

The big question: If t was nothing to hide, why didn’t Hannity tell his audience that Cohen was his attorney?

At the end of his show Monday, Hannity re-iterated his Twitter claim that Cohen never represented him.