Trump's personal lawyer names mystery client in court: Sean Hannity

Trump's personal lawyer names mystery client in court: Sean Hannity

Eyebrows were raised earlier Monday when only two of the three clients Michael Cohen helped with "more direct legal advice or dispute resolution" in 2017-2018 were named in a court filing on Monday.

The US Attorney's Office has proposed to use a so-called "taint team" to conduct the initial review - lawyers from the office who are not involved in the Cohen investigation - to determine what, if any material, should be shielded from the investigators because it is protected by attorney-client or another privilege.

In their letter to US District Judge Kimba M. Wood, Cohen's attorneys Todd Harrison and Stephen Ryan wrote that the third client did not allow them to reveal the fact that they utilized Cohen's services.

Over the last several months, Hannity has turned his primetime Fox News program into the most reliably pro-Trump show on any network.

They called the Federal Bureau of Investigation raids on Cohen's home, office and hotel room "an operation disquieting to lawyers, clients, citizens, and commentators alike", and repeatedly referred to their client, whom they represent in a personal capacity, as "the president".

"A lot of people here know his number", Smith said.

Failing that, they want the court to appoint an independent official known as a special master, a role typically filled by a lawyer, to go through the documents and electronic data seized under a warrant and decide what prosecutors can see.


Attorneys for Donald Trump and his legal fixer Michael Cohen are due back in court on Monday to fight a plan by Trump's justice department to start looking through records from their decade-long working relationship.

Hannity's name was revealed in federal court on Monday.

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.

Prosecutors suggested in their filing that while Cohen "holds himself out as a practicing attorney", he is actually exaggerating the extent of his work in an attempt to cast a wide net of attorney-client privilege over the records seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Although the issue of who gets the initial review of the seized materials is the primary focus of the hearing, Wood at the first set of hearings on Cohen's request this past Friday made it clear that she wanted to a list of Cohen's claimed clients. The third individual disclosed was Elliott Broidy, a philanthropist and former finance chair of the Republican National Committee.

Mr Cohen did not respond to a request for comment. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is separately examining possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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