Cohen reveals surprise client: Fox’s Sean Hannity
Donald Trump’s legal fixer Michael Cohen has also been representing the firebrand conservative Fox News host Sean Hannity, one of only three private legal clients Cohen has taken on in the past year, his lawyer told a federal court on Monday.
The revelation came as a federal judge rejected a bid by the president and Cohen to prevent US prosecutors from examining a documents and recordings seized from Trump’s long-time confidant.
Cohen’s office, hotel and home were raided by the FBI last week following a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller.
Last week district judge Kimba Wood had ordered Cohen to disclose all his private practice clients since he left the Trump Organization after the 2016 election, but he had partially resisted the court’s order. In a letter to Wood from his attorneys, Cohen disclosed that he had been representing the president and the disgraced former GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy, but declined to reveal the identity of a third client. However, lawyers for Cohen were forced on Monday afternoon to disclose that Hannity was the third individual.
Shortly after the revelation, Hannity said on his radio show that his legal relationship with Cohen involved “occasional discussions with him for his input and perspective” and he had assumed those discussions were confidential and covered by client confidentiality.