Fox News host Sean Hannity was revealed as the mystery third client of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen in a Manhattan courtroom Monday. Michael never represented me in any matter, I never retained him, I never paid legal fees to Michael.
Hannity is a Fox News host and has been one of the president's most vocal on-air defenders. and a critic of Mueller's probe.
Hannity said none of the conversations he had with Cohen, which he "assumed" were confidential, involved "any matter between me and a third-party".
An attorney representing Cohen, whose office and hotel room were raided by the FBI a week ago, made the announcement in court on Monday after a federal judge ordered the identity of the client to be revealed. And on Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Cohen negotiated a $1.6 million payment to a former Playboy model who claimed she had an affair with leading Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy that led to her being impregnated.
Judge Kimba Wood ordered Cohen to attend and provide information about his clients as she weighs an emergency action by Cohen's attorneys to stop prosecutors from reviewing more than a dozen electronic devices and documents seized during a Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of Cohen's office, home and hotel room last week. Reports at the time said the raid was personally approved by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Cohen facilitated a $130,000 hush payment to porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about an affair she says she had with Trump.
When Hannity did finally speak, after releasing a brief statement on the matter to the media, he only briefly touched on the revelation of his intimate involvement with Cohen, who he has vigorously defended since the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid.
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. After being told by Wood that the name had to be revealed, Harrison said Hannity's name out loud. "I have sought legal advice from Michael". "I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective", he tweeted.
Prosecutors are arguing that the documents and electronics seized from Cohen's office and home should not be protected by attorney-client privilege.
Cohen's attorneys said the client did not want to be associated with their client.