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Sean Hannity Named as the Third Client in Michael Cohen's Recent Client List
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16 Apr 2018 06:37 PM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Sean Hannity (Image source: Screenshot)

 

Yet another prominent Conservative was a client of Michael Cohen's. Not only did the client list include Donald Trump and GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy, he also did legal work for former Fox News star Sean Hannity. 

He only represented three clients after leaving his position at the President's private company: just Trump, Broidy, and Hannity. The first two have faced lawsuits from women alleging affairs and/or sexual harassment. It's unknown what Hannity's law needs were.

During a court hearing on Monday in Manhattan, a source confirmed a relationship between Cohen and Hannity. The former newsman said he went to Trump's attorney occasionally with legal questions, but he claims he never paid him to be his attorney.

"Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter," Hannity tweeted. "I never retained him, received an invoice, or paid legal fees. I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective."

He added, "I assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear, they never involved any matter between me and a third party."

Cohen is under criminal investigation for possible bank fraud and campaign finance violations with FBI agents seizing materials possibly related to a payment that was made to Stormy Daniels before Trump was elected. The attorney has said he paid her $130,000 of his own money, and the President has said he had no knowledge of it.

The embattled attorney also helped negotiate a settlement of $1.6 million between a former Playboy model and Broidy after she became pregnant with his child. She did not carry the child to term.

A federal judge asked Cohen to hand over his client list because he argued that the material taken in the raids of his office and other locations was privileged.

Cohen asked for a court-appointed outside lawyer to act as special master and review the seized material first or for his own legal team to review it so that they can tell the court which documents are covered by attorney-client privilege.

Trump's other attorneys filed a letter to U.S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood, requesting that the President be allowed to review the material as well before it is seen by Justice Department lawyers.

Wood asked Cohen's legal team to divulge how many clients and documents might be in the material that is now in the hands of the FBI. They had suggested earlier that thousands or millions of documents might be included in that privileged material.

One of Cohen's lawyer's, Todd Harrison, wrote a letter that stated "more than a dozen electronic devices and other items that include documents and data regarding topics and issues that have nothing to do with" the material named on the search  warrant were seized.

It further states that Cohen had hundreds of clients from 1996 through 2006, and he didn't know if any material from those clients was taken. From 2007 through 2017 he worked as an attorney for Trump as well as the Trump Organization.

After that time he had "at least ten clients," but seven of them were business consulting clients and the work he did for them did not include legal advice. The other three clients are Trump, Broidy, and a third client who Cohen did not wish to be identified, but that we now known is Hannity.

"As to the unnamed legal client, we do not believe that Mr. Cohen should be asked to reveal the name or can permissibly do so," explained Harrison in the letter. "Upon information and belief, the unnamed legal client's matters are responsive to any matter covered by ... the search warrants." That third person would only allow their name to be disclosed to the special master.

While it's been suggested that a "taint team" be used in this case, Joanna Hendon, Trump's attorney, wrote to the judge that he objected to the idea of a " 'taint team' of prosecutors from the very office that is investigating this matter to conduct the initial privilege review of documents seized." 

She laid out that the President would like a copy of the material to be turned over to Cohen's attorneys and that he wants his attorney to identify which materials relate to him and then provide him and his attorneys with a copy. The request continued, stating that disputes of privileged material would be handled by a judge.

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