Fox’s Han­nity a client of Trump’s lawyer

Michael Co­hen forced to dis­close pre­sen­ter’s name at court hear­ing

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US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s per­sonal lawyer was forced on Mon­day to re­veal in a New York fed­eral court that Fox News per­son­al­ity Sean Han­nity, one of Trump’s most ar­dent de­fend­ers, was also on his client list.

Michael Co­hen, Trump’s fiercely loyal and pug­na­cious lawyer, dis­closed Han­nity’s name through one of his own lawyers at the or­der of the judge. Stormy Daniels, an adult-film ac­tress who says she had a sex­ual en­counter with Trump, watched from the pub­lic gallery.

Daniels, in a sep­a­rate civil case, is fight­ing a 2016 non-dis­clo­sure agree­ment ar­ranged by Co­hen in which she got $130,000 to stop her from dis­cussing her claim she had sex with Trump a decade ear­lier, some­thing Trump has de­nied.

Han­nity, 56, said on Mon­day that he had never paid for Co­hen’s ser­vices or been rep­re­sented by him, but had sought con­fi­den­tial le­gal ad­vice from him.

The con­ser­va­tive host of­ten uses his week­night broad­cast on Fox News to de­fend the pres­i­dent against what he sees as bi­ased at­tacks by the me­dia. Some­times Trump praises Han­nity in re­turn.

Co­hen was in court to ask the judge to limit the abil­ity of fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors to re­view doc­u­ments seized from his of­fices and home last week as part of a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which stems in part from a probe into pos­si­ble col­lu­sion be­tween Trump’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign and Rus­sia.

The Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion has frus­trated the White House as it has spread to en­fold some of Trump’s clos­est con­fi­dantes.

Judge Kimba Wood spent more than 2-1/2 hours lis­ten­ing to ar­gu­ments by Co­hen’s lawyers, pros­e­cu­tors from the US at­tor­ney’s of­fice in Man­hat­tan and a lawyer rep­re­sent­ing Trump in the hear­ing. She is ex­pected to rule later.

She or­dered pros­e­cu­tors to give Co­hen’s lawyers a copy of the seized ma­te­ri­als be­fore the next hear­ing.

The un­ex­pected nam­ing of Han­nity made him the lat­est prom­i­nent me­dia per­son­al­ity to be drawn into the in­ves­ti­ga­tion’s cast of un­likely sup­port­ing char­ac­ters.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was an­other.

As she ar­rived at the court­house dressed in a laven­der suit, pho­tog­ra­phers knocked over bar­ri­cades as they scram­bled to get pic­tures.

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