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Sean Hannity unmasked as Trump lawyer's mystery client


"What kind of legal advice doesn't involve a third party?" said Kimmel.

Trump's lawyers responded that it was "unreasonable" to expect federal prosecutors to protect the president's rights - thus disputing the Justice Department's position.

Lawyers for Michael Cohen argued in court on Monday that they could not identify Hannity because he asked that his name not be disclosed in connection with an Federal Bureau of Investigation seizure of Cohen's files.

"As to the one unnamed legal client, we do not believe that Mr. Cohen should be asked to reveal the name or can permissibly do so", the letter said. Second is Elliott Broidy, a major GOP fundraiser who Cohen helped to pay off a Playboy playmate with whom he allegedly had an affair.

The judge ordered that Mr Cohen himself be present so that he could answer questions about his clients.

Wood replied, "I understand he doesn't want his name out there, but that's not enough under the law".

When the name was announced, there were gasps and some laughter in a courtroom packed with journalists. They tried to enter the packed courtroom and were initially turned away due to the crowd, before space was found. "Isn't that interesting? That he would need advice from Michael Cohen?". "I assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third-party".

Hannity interjected that his relationship with Cohen was "minimal", something he had underscored in previous statements where he painted the interaction as being mostly focused on real estate and insisted he "never retained" Cohen "in the traditional sense".


"I never gave him a retainer". Even if Cohen wanted to disclose the discussions, he would only be allowed to do so if Hannity agreed to it.

For example, TheGatewayPundit.com, an unreliable site now being sued for defamation after accusing an innocent person of being the suspect accused of killing a counter-protester at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville in August 2017, published a story with the extraordinarily misleading headline, "BREAKING: Sean Hannity Responds After Deep State Alleges He Was Michael Cohen's 3rd Client".

"First of all, Sean, I want to say that I really think that you should have disclosed your relationship with Cohen when you talked about him on this show". Unfortunately, the conflict of interest appears to have never crossed the host's mind, as Hannity pushed his own theory regarding Cohen to the public without thinking twice. Further angering the president is that the raid was triggered in part by a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, who is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

But she added that "a special master might have some role here", to ensure the perception of fairness. Cohen came under scrutiny after he acknowledged paying $130,000 to porn actress Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 election so she would keep quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump.

"I tell you why they're going nuts", Hannity said of the media.

The office of Michael Cohen was raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) last week. "He's not under investigation by anyone", Carlson said.

The judge rejected Cohen's and Trump's request for a temporary restraining order because prosecutors agreed to hold off reviewing the records seized in last week's raids.

Lawyers for Trump joined the hearing seeking to delay or prevent viewing of what they argued are protected documents under the attorney-client privilege.

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