Sean Hannity unmasked as Trump lawyer's mystery client

Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen exits a hotel in New York City U.S

Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen exits a hotel in New York City U.S

Fox News host Sean Hannity was "thrown under the bus" by Michael Cohen's lawyers, Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti said Monday after Cohen's counsel revealed that Hannity was a client.

In court Monday, Cohen's lawyers argued over the status of records taken by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a raid last week on Cohen's office, home and hotel room. Hannity, the top-rated personality on the most watched United States cable news network, told his viewers on April 9 that the raid on Cohen was part an effort by federal investigators to wrongly impeach the president.

But Judge Kimba Wood rejected his efforts to mask the identity of Hannity, a client Cohen had said wanted to avoid publicity.

The suggestion that Hannity wasn't a serious client bolsters prosecutors' assertion that Cohen had no clients other than Trump in recent years, which they argued meant the potential scope of privileged material would be narrow. Another was a Republican fundraiser who admitted to paying a former Playboy model after she became pregnant during their affair.

Wood then demanded that Ryan reveal the client's name.

When the name was announced, there were gasps and some laughter in a courtroom packed with journalists.

Whether formal or informal, the apparent legal relationship between Cohen and Hannity raises obvious issues. "I assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third party", said Hannity in a statement distributed by Fox News. I never retained him in the traditional sense as retaining a lawyer.

Just before 4 p.m., he posted a message on Twitter: "Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter". I never paid Michael Cohen for legal fees.

As WND reported, the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the office of President Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, on April 9. "It was such a minor relationship and it had to do with real estate and nothing political".

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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".

Attorneys for Mr Cohen say they want first crack.

The disclosure was the latest surprise in a highly unusual court case in which the president is fighting his own Justice Department. While in court, she smiled several times as she observed the proceedings from a folding chair near the back of the room. "You could have said that you had asked him for advice or whatever, but I think it would have been much, much better had you disclosed that relationship".

At stake is an investigation that could uncover the inner workings of Trump's longtime fixer and image protector. The raids were reportedly carried out, in part, in connection with alleged hush-money payments Cohen made to women who said they had sexual encounters with the president.

Joanna Hendon, left, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, outside Manhattan Federal Court in NY on Friday.

Trump has also brought in his own lawyers from Spears and Imes to protect his interests as one of Cohen's clients.

One of Mr Trump's lawyers, Joanna Hendon, asked the judge to block prosecutors from studying material seized in the raid until Mr Cohen and the President have both had a chance to review those materials and argue which are subject to the "sacred" attorney-client privilege.

Cohen's attorney revealed earlier Monday that Hannity is the previously unnamed third client for whom Cohen has done legal work.

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