FOX news host Sean Hannity revealed as Michael Cohen's third mystery client

Sean Hannity Michael Cohen mystery client

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The disclosure came as Cohen's attorneys tried to persuade a federal judge in NY to delay prosecutors from examining records and electronic devices seized in the raids on the grounds that many of them are protected by attorney-client privilege.

At a federal court hearing in New York City on Monday, Cohen was forced to reveal that in addition to Trump he had also provided legal counsel to two other - previously undisclosed - individuals.

One was, of course, Trump himself. The second is Elliot Brody, who, according to the Wall Street Journal, hired Cohen to negotiate $1.6 million in payments to a former Playboy model who said Broidy had impregnated her. Cohen's lawyers then wrote of Hannity, "The third legal client directed Mr. Cohen not to reveal the identity publicly". The Playmate became pregnant and elected to have an abortion.

As his name was revealed as Cohen's third client Monday, Hannity's national radio show began with dead air.

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.

But on his radio show, Hannity said Cohen was never involved in any matter between him and any third party. Michael never represented me in any matter. I never received an invoice from Michael. I never paid a legal fee.

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Hannity is an outspoken defender of Trump and is known to communicate frequently with the president. Another, the stripper and actress Daniels, sat in the back of the gallery's public courtroom as part of her efforts to keep attention on her story, relating to what she says is a past affair with Trump.

The search sought information on a variety of matters, including a $130,000 payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had sex with a married Trump in 2006.

The hearing ended on Monday with no ruling on who gets to filter the seized documents. Trump's lawyers say they also want some form of prior review.

Cohen had his home, office and hotel room raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week, with authorities reportedly seeking records into payments Cohen facilitated to women in exchange for their silence.

Prosecutors say they are investigating Cohen's personal business dealings. 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.

"In today's proceedings that are underway right now, Stephen Ryan, one of Cohen's attorneys, was asked by the judge to specifically name the other name because they said it would not fall under attorney-client privilege to withhold that name". As a first step, the judge said the government should put the documents in a searchable database to determine which should come under review. Inside, she quietly took a seat in the public gallery with her lawyer.

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