Sean Hannity Is Client Whose Identity Michael Cohen Wanted Kept Secret


CNN host Jake Tapper on Monday opened his show "The Lead" with exasperation that President TrumpDonald John TrumpPoll: Less than half of Americans think their taxes are too high Comey pulls no punches with Trump Incoming Pence adviser withdraws nomination following reports Trump opposed candidacy MORE's personal attorney Michael Cohen's previously undisclosed client has been revealed as Fox News host Sean Hannity. "And he stood up and named him as Sean Hannity", Fox News correspondent Laura Ingle said on air just after 3 p.m. Monday. "Go home 2018, you're drunk".

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.

Hannity eventually insisted that "Michael never represented me in any matter, I never retained him in any traditional sense in retaining a lawyer".

The search sought information on a variety of matters, including a $130,000 payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had sex with a married Trump in 2006.

Earlier Monday, Cohen's attorneys argued that the third client's name should remain anonymous.

The pursuit of Cohen by prosecutors in New York's southern district presents a second front of legal peril for Trump, who reacted furiously to the Federal Bureau of Investigation raids and claimed they were part of the same supposed "witch-hunt" led by Mueller that has blighted his presidency.

Cohen and Trump wanted Wood either to permit them to review the material before prosecutors got to see it or to appoint an independent "special master".

Late Sunday, lawyers for Trump asked for copies of the seized material to be turned over so the President could review them for confidential information. 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, who was revealed as Hannity.

Hannity later said on Twitter that his conversations with Cohen never involved anyone else.

Federal prosecutors in NY want a special "taint team" of government lawyers to begin reviewing files seized from Cohen during FBI raids last week, so they can decide which are protected by attorney-client privilege and which may be used to prosecute Cohen.

Trump denies any sexual relationship with Daniels.