Sunday, 22 April, 2018

Sean Hannity says he never retained Trump lawyer Michael Cohen

Trump lawyers fight to keep seized Cohen files out of investigators' hands Trump lawyer Cohen expected at court hearing, Stormy Daniels to attend
Sammy Stanley | 17 April, 2018, 01:06

As adult-film actress Stormy Daniels looked on, a federal judge ordered US President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen to cough up the name of a client he had hoped to keep secret at a Monday court hearing: Fox News personality Sean Hannity, an outspoken champion of the president.

That's when Judge Kimba Wood - yes, that Kimba Wood - ruled that attorney-client privilege did not prohibit Cohen from revealing the identity of his third client. But Judge Kimba Wood rejected his efforts to mask the identity of Hannity, a client Cohen had said wanted to avoid publicity.

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

The hearing in a New York City courtroom stems from a surprise raid this month on Cohen's home and office.

The April 9 raid on Cohen sought information on a variety of matters, including a $130,000 payment made to Daniels, who alleges she had sex with a married Trump in 2006.

When Hannity did finally speak, after releasing a brief statement on the matter to the media, he only briefly touched on the revelation of his intimate involvement with Cohen, who he has vigorously defended since the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid. In a letter filed with the court last Monday, Cohen's lawyers said that Cohen had a solo law practice and had at least 10 clients during this time. One is Donald Trump. And on Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Cohen negotiated a $1.6 million payment to a former Playboy model who claimed she had an affair with leading Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy that led to her being impregnated.

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Cohen has argued that some of the documents and data seized from him under a warrant are protected by attorney-client privilege or otherwise unconnected to the investigation.

"Michael never represented me in any matter", Hannity said.

"But he said he never retained Cohen "in any traditional sense", never paid him and never got billed for a legal fee".

But on his radio show, Hannity said Cohen was never involved in any matter between him and any third party.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

"The seized materials relating to the President must be reviewed by the only person who is truly motivated to ensure that the privilege is properly invoked and applied: the privilege-holder himself, the President", Hendon wrote in court papers filed Sunday.

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