Co­hen forced to re­veal Han­nity as client

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - FROM THE FRONT PAGE -

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

The dis­clo­sure came as at­tor­neys for Co­hen and Trump tried to per­suade a New York judge to de­lay pros­e­cu­tors from ex­am­in­ing records and elec­tronic de­vices seized in the raids on the grounds many of them are pro­tected by at­tor­ney-client priv­i­lege.

U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood said in hear­ings Fri­day and Mon­day if Co­hen wanted the court to de­clare that some of his files were pro­tected be­cause of at­tor­ney con­fi­den­tial­ity rules, he would have to di­vulge the names of the clients he has worked with since the 2016 elec­tion.

One was, of course, Trump him­self. An­other was El­liot Broidy, a Trump fundraiser who re­signed from the Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee on Fri­day af­ter it was re­vealed he paid $1.6 mil­lion to a Play­boy Play­mate with whom he had an ex­tra­mar­i­tal af­fair. The Play­mate be­came preg­nant and elected to have an abortion.

With Co­hen by their side on Mon­day, lawyers ini­tially re­sisted re­veal­ing the name of the third client for pri­vacy rea­sons, say­ing it would be em­bar­rass­ing for the client.

Jay West­cott / As­so­ci­ated Press

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