Fox's Sean Hannity revealed as mystery client of Trump's personal lawyer

Fox's Sean Hannity revealed as mystery client of Trump's personal lawyer

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.

Hannity denied that he was ever Cohen's client.

"I understand if he doesn't want his name out there, but that's not enough under the law", Wood said, before ordering a lawyer for Cohen to disclose the name.

Cohen's third client is a mystery. What do you think about this?

Hannity said Monday that he occasionally turned to Cohen when he had legal questions but that he never paid him to be his attorney.

"You and I have discussed this - they are going to try to destroy Donald Trump", 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 if that's true, why did Cohen's lawyer identify Hannity as a client in federal court?

That revelation nudged the conservative commentator into the orbit of those who have lately come under legal scrutiny related to the investigations of Trump and his associates by the special counsel, Robert Mueller, and the US attorney's office in Manhattan.

Cohen has arranged two hush-money payments to women who claimed they had sexual affairs with Trump.

Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels plans to attend the hearing, her lawyer Michael Avenatti, said on Sunday. Maddow has been a constant critic of the president and his team, and drew 4.1 million viewers when she released Trump's tax returns live on air previous year. After the hearing, Cohen left without comment. The second was Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy, and the third was a person whose identity Cohen refused to disclose until forced - it's Hannity.

Cohen's lawyers have called the raid "completely unprecedented".

Cohen revealed that he had advised the television host within the last 12 months as he sought to fight against a raid of his office and a hotel room by federal prosecutors in Manhattan. "Who he hires as a lawyer and why is nobody's business". One was obviously Trump.

In court filings, the government has argued that the evidence taken from Cohen can be reviewed by a walled-off "taint team" of prosecutors who can judge which documents are relevant to the criminal investigation and which are not and should be kept confidential. The "crime-fraud exception" to the privilege excludes from confidentiality communication between an attorney and potential client that's in furtherance of a crime - even if the lawyer does not realize at the time the advice is for something illegal.

The Cohen team appeared in court yesterday to argue they should be able to evaluate the material before the feds get it (and start leaking it to the media, as is the usual plan).

McKay told the judge that such a process would lead to long skirmishes over individual documents and lengthy delays.

"I have eight attorneys for various things and I like to have people I like run questions by", he continued.

"Now, we can see that Hannity wasn't just mad, he was scared", Noah said. She said she would hold another hearing in several weeks to determine how to proceed.

McKay told the court on Monday that 10 boxes of documents had been seized, as well as "hard drives, the electronic devices" with a lot more material. The privilege extends to only those private conversations that take place within an established attorney-client relationship, and even then, those conversations must specifically pertain to legal advice.