Sean Hannity Is The Client Whose Identity Michael Cohen Wanted Kept Secret

Sean Hannity Is The Client Whose Identity Michael Cohen Wanted Kept Secret

A federal judge on Monday ordered the release of the name of President Donald Trump's longtime lawyer Michael Cohen's third client.

Sean Hannity attends Geraldo Rivera Launches His New Book "The Geraldo Show: A Memoir" at Del Frisco's Grille on April 2, 2018 in New York City.

Hannity's name was disclosed by Cohen's lawyer in federal court after the judge in the case refused a request for his name to remain sealed.

"Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter. But I have occasionally had brief legal discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective".

Hannity said none of the conversations he had with Cohen, which he "assumed" were confidential, involved "any matter between me and a third-party".

Hannity is an outspoken defender of Trump and is known to communicate frequently with the president.

Cohen has admitted to paying $130,000 to adult film star Stormy Daniels, who claimed she had an affair with Trump in 2006, just weeks before the 2016 election. McKay stressed that the team of government lawyers who would review the seized material would be "walled off" from their colleagues, like himself, who are pursuing the criminal inquiry against Cohen.

Prosecutors are arguing that the documents and electronics seized from Cohen's office and home should not be protected by attorney-client privilege.

Cohen is "being investigated for criminal conduct that largely centers on his personal business dealings", Thomas McKay, an assistant U.S. attorney, said in a court filing.

After Wood demanded Cohen's team reveal the name of the client, an audible gasp went out in the courtroom when Hannity's name was announced, Pegues said. For seven, the letter said, the work "appears to be providing strategic advice and business consulting, for which privilege would not attach". The attorneys said in the filing that Cohen represented three clients in the past year: Trump; Elliot Broidy, the Republican fundraiser for whom Cohen helped facilitate a $1.6 million payment to a Playboy playmate; and a third person.

Prosecutors with the United States attorney's office in Manhattan said they have a "filter team" of lawyers separate from those involved in the investigation in place to review the documents for any communications between Cohen and his clients.

Broidy admitted to the relationship in a statement but did not address whether he impregnated the woman.