Sean Hannity Was Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen's Mystery Client

The Funniest Tweets About Sean Hannity Being Michael Cohen's Third Client

Trump lawyers fight to keep seized Cohen files out of investigators' hands

Adult film star Stormy Daniels arrived to watch a court hearing on Monday over documents seized from Donald Trump's long-time personal lawyer, in a federal investigation that could cast a harsh light on the president's business and personal dealings.

People familiar with the Michael Cohen probe have said he is being investigated for possible bank and wire fraud. But Judge Kimba Wood made one of the lawyers identify him in open court.

Michael Cohen outside court in NY on April 16.

In a Monday morning filing, Cohen claimed only three legal clients since leaving his job at the Trump Organization in January 2017 and operating as a solo practitioner: Trump; GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy; and a third, unnamed individual.

Hannity said he assumed the conversations between himself and Cohen were "attorney-client confidential" but made clear on his show "not one of any issue I ever dealt with Michael Cohen on ever involved a matter between me and any third party".

The US Attorney's Office has proposed to use a so-called "taint team" to conduct the initial review - lawyers from the office who are not involved in the Cohen investigation - to determine what, if any material, should be shielded from the investigators because it is protected by attorney-client or another privilege.

It's unclear how today's revelation will affect Hannity's coverage of Trump and Cohen going forward.

Todd Harrison, a lawyer for Mr Cohen, said at Friday's hearing there were thousands of documents seized that were likely privileged, and that many related to clients other than Trump.

The payoff to Ms Daniels could amount to a campaign finance violation.

"I understand if he doesn't want his name out there, but that's not enough under the law", Wood said, before ordering a lawyer for Cohen to disclose the name.

Earlier Monday, Cohen's attorneys argued that the third client's name should remain anonymous.

Just before Monday's hearing, Mr Cohen said in a statement he had only provided advice to three clients in the past year.

It's unusual enough for federal agents to seize an attorney's records, and unprecedented to take those of a president's personal lawyer.

Then, the president wants the court to direct Cohen "to identify to the president all seized materials that relate to him in any way and to provide a copy of those materials to him and his counsel", according to the letter. Prosecutors are examining whether crimes were committed as part of any pattern or strategy of trying to buy the silence of people who could offer accounts that could have damaged Trump's candidacy in 2016.

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