Trump lawyer forced to reveal another client: Sean Hannity
By Tom Hays and Larry Neumeister | Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — A legal fight over what should happen to records the FBI seized from President Donald Trump’s personal attorney took a surprise twist Monday when the lawyer, Michael Cohen, was forced to reveal in court that he had also secretly done legal work for Fox News host Sean Hannity.
The disclosure came as Cohen’s attorneys tried to persuade a federal judge in New York 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.
Sean Hannity says he “had had brief discussions with (Cohen) about legal questions where I wanted his input and perspective.” (Rick Scuteri/Associated Press)
U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood said in hearings Friday and again on Monday that if Cohen wanted the court to declare that the some of his files were protected because of attorney confidentiality rules, he would have to divulge the names of his clients.
In a court filing Monday, Cohen’s attorneys said three people received legal help from Cohen in 2017 and 2018, after Trump became president.
One was Trump himself. Another was Elliot Broidy, a Trump fundraiser who resigned from the Republican National Committee on Friday after it was revealed that he paid $1.6 million to a Playboy Playmate with whom he had an extramarital affair. The Playmate became pregnant and elected to have an abortion.
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But they initially declined to reveal the name of the third client.
The third legal client directed Mr. Cohen not to reveal the identity publicly, Cohen’s lawyers, Todd Harrison and Stephen Ryan, wrote. “It almost goes without saying, unfortunately, that none …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Politics