Hannity shares world view with Trump, and lawyer, too

Hannity shares world view with Trump, and lawyer, too

In a hearing that began Friday, Cohen is seeking to keep federal authorities from reviewing files seized from his homes and officers in an April 9 raid by investigators. He had three clients - Trump, for whom he paid off porn star Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet about their alleged affair; Elliot Broidy, for whom Cohen paid a Playboy model $1.6 million after impregnating her during an extramarital affair; and mystery Client No. 3.

For Cohen, he's had his legal team speak out in his defense on more than one occasion, though it didn't prevent the Federal Bureau of Investigation from raiding his offices earlier this month.

It's not the first time Hannity and Trump have been linked.

Instead, the judge split the decision, ordering both sides to return with an estimate of the volume of evidence that could be covered by attorney-client privilege and then she would decide the expedient way of handling that review.

Wood wouldn't accept that.

"I understand if he doesn't want his name out there, but that's not enough under the law", Wood said, before ordering the name disclosed.

"This is insane", Colbert said.

After he played a CNN clip revealing Hannity's name as Cohen's mysterious third client, Colbert suddenly disappeared from the camera frame.

After offering those initial statements on Mr. Cohen, Mr. Hannity returned to Twitter late Monday afternoon to provide more detail, saying that his "de minimis discussions with Michael Cohen" had been "almost exclusively about real estate".

Prosecutors have asked that the seized documents be reviewed to identify those covered by attorney-client privilege by a "filter team" of lawyers within their office, who would be walled off from the main prosecution team.

Kimmel also criticized Hannity's response to the news, in which he said Cohen has "never represented" him. I never received an invoice.

But that didn't stop Kimmel from reveling in the news Monday of Hannity's relationship with Cohen.

Fox News personality Sean Hannity.


Hannity first addressed the issue on Monday night's Hannity when lawyer Alan Dershowitz told him, "You should have disclosed your relationship with Cohen when you talked about him on the show". "They'll be like 'drink tummy tea, by the way, I'm sponsored by tummy tea'".

Said Hannity: "Smith is arguing that Cohen's payment is a perfectly legitimate business move, and that any attempt to connect it to an in-kind [political] contribution is an extreme stretch".

Cohen was in court to ask the judge to limit the ability of federal prosecutors to review documents seized from his offices and home last week as part of a criminal investigation, which stems in part from a probe into possible collusion between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation. But what's worse, is that this could potentially hurt the image of Fox News by having a host continue to report on the Trump presidency while having a relationship with his attorney.

The government has proposed that Cohen's materials can be reviewed by a walled-off "taint team" of prosecutors that will judge which material is relevant to the investigation and filter out documents that should be kept private. Attorneys for Trump and Cohen opposed that plan.

But she also said that to help ensure fairness and the perception of fairness, "a special master might have some role here".

Cohen is "radioactive", said Michael Avenatti, Clifford's lawyer.

On Monday, Cohen told a federal judge that he had given legal advice to three people in the past year.

Cohen's lawyers resisted revealing the name of the third client, saying it would be embarrassing and unnecessary.

In addition to the 10 clients at his solo practice, the letter said Cohen referred five clients to a law firm with which he had a "strategic relationship" starting in March 2017. A few of them raced from the courtroom.

The disclosure was the latest surprise in a highly unusual court case in which the president is fighting his own Justice Department.

Cohen appears to have taken a different position than Trump on how the documents should be handled.

"Anyone who has had any contact with this man in the last 20 years should be very concerned", Avenatti said.

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