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Sean Hannity Was Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen's Mystery Client

Sean Hannity Was Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen's Mystery Client

Eyebrows were raised earlier Monday when only two of the three clients Michael Cohen helped with "more direct legal advice or dispute resolution" in 2017-2018 were named in a court filing on Monday.

Over the last several months, Hannity has turned his primetime Fox News program into the most reliably pro-Trump show on any network. At today's hearing Judge Kimba Wood challenged them to cite the legal reasons for refusing to name Hannity as Cohen's third client.

The pursuit of Cohen by prosecutors in New York's southern district presents a second front of legal peril for Trump, who reacted furiously to the Federal Bureau of Investigation raids and claimed they were part of the same supposed "witch-hunt" led by Mueller that has blighted his presidency. He said Cohen reached out to him after being contacted by Keith Davidson, an attorney representing the woman, and said he retained Trump's lawyer "after he informed me about his prior relationship with Mr. Davidson". We spoke with his publicist here at Fox News who says that he says they have been friends a long time.

The anchor then read the brief statement Hannity gave the Wall Street Journal.

A person familiar with the raids said last week that the information Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were seeking included information about payments to Ms Daniels. Ms Daniels quietly took a seat towards the back of the public gallery with her lawyer, Michael Avenatti.

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Cohen's lawyers from McDermott Will and Emery, however, argue that appointing a special master would "avoid even a hint of impropriety here in the review of Mr. Cohen's data and documents". That request came as a result of Cohen's lawyer at the hearing, Todd Harrison, claiming that "thousands" of documents involved would be protected by attorney-client privilege.

Trump's attorneys demanded in a letter to court on Sunday evening that the justice department's plan be halted so that "our firm and the president may review for privilege those seized documents that relate to him" - an extraordinary request from someone in Trump's position in this kind of case.

But that didn't hold up with Wood, who insisted that the third client's name be disclosed publicly at Monday's hearing.

President Donald Trump's personal attorney has been forced to reveal that one of his clients is Fox News host Sean Hannity, CBS News' Jeff Pegues confirmed Monday. We knew he also facilitated a $1.6 million payment to a Playmate who got pregnant during an affair with Elliott Broidy, the former deputy finance chair for the Republican National Committee.


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