Co­hen re­veals sur­prise client: Fox’s Sean Han­nity

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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.

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