Trump lawyer forced to re­veal an­other client: Han­nity

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A le­gal fight over what should hap­pen to records the FBI seized from Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s at­tor­ney took a sur­prise twist Mon­day when the lawyer, Michael Co­hen, was forced to re­veal a se­cret — that he had also done le­gal work for Fox News host Sean Han­nity.

The dis­clo­sure came as a New York judge dis­ap­pointed a lawyer for Trump by let­ting prose­cu­tors pro­ceed with the cat­a­logu­ing of ev­i­dence in­clud­ing mul­ti­ple elec­tronic de­vices that were seized in raids while a sys­tem is set up to en­sure that records pro­tected by at­tor­ney-client priv­i­lege aren’t dis­closed to in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Lawyers for Co­hen and prose­cu­tors both had rea­son to claim suc­cess af­ter three hours of ar­gu­ments be­fore U.S. Dis­trict Judge Kimba Wood, who said she may ap­point a spe­cial master, a neu­tral lawyer, to help de­cide which ma­te­ri­als should stay con­fi­den­tial.

Han­nity’s name emerged af­ter the judge pressed Co­hen to di­vulge the names of the clients he’s worked with since the 2016 elec­tion, whose priv­i­leged com­mu­ni­ca­tions might be con­tained within his files. Co­hen’s le­gal team said he had just three clients in ’17 and ’18.

One was Trump. An­other was El­liott Broidy, a Trump fundraiser who re­signed from the RNC Fri­day af­ter it was re­vealed he paid $1.6 mil­lion to a Play­boy Play­mate with whom he had an ex­tra­mar­i­tal af­fair. Co­hen’s lawyers re­sisted re­veal­ing the name of the third client, say­ing it would be em­bar­rass­ing and un­nec­es­sary. Plus, the client had asked for pri­vacy.

But Wood pressed on.

“I un­der­stand he doesn’t want his name out there, but that’s not enough un­der the law,” she said.

When the name was an­nounced, there were gasps and some laugh­ter in the court­room. Co­hen’s lawyers did not de­tail the type of le­gal work he did for Han­nity.

On his ra­dio show, Han­nity said Co­hen was never in­volved in any mat­ter be­tween him and any third party.

“Michael never rep­re­sented me in any mat­ter,” Han­nity said. “I never re­tained him in any tra­di­tional sense. I never re­ceived an in­voice. I never paid a le­gal fee. I had brief dis­cus­sions with him about le­gal ques­tions where I wanted his in­put and per­spec­tive.”

Later he added on Twit­ter the le­gal ad­vice he got from Co­hen was “al­most ex­clu­sively about real es­tate.”

Mon­day’s hear­ing be­gan with an ap­pear­ance by porn ac­tress Stormy Daniels, who was swarmed by photographers and nearly fell as she was hus­tled into the court­house, a scene that cap­tured the sen­sa­tional at­mos­phere around the case.


Stormy Daniels ar­rives at fed­eral court in New York yes­ter­day to at­tend a court hear­ing where a judge is con­sid­er­ing how to re­view ma­te­ri­als that the FBI seized April 9 from Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s per­sonal lawyer, Michael Co­hen.

HAN­NITY fox News host

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