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Sean Hannity says he never retained Trump lawyer Michael Cohen

17 April 2018, 06:15 | Sheila Mcguire

Sean Hannity says he never retained Trump lawyer Michael Cohen

Sean Hannity says he never retained Trump lawyer Michael Cohen

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.

The April 9 raid on Cohen sought information on a variety of matters, including a $130,000 payment made to Daniels, who alleges she had sex with a married Trump in 2006.

Trump had branded the Federal Bureau of Investigation raids as an "attack on our country".

That left unclear why Cohen's lawyers had said in a written submission to the court that he was Cohen's client and that their communications should be considered covered by attorney-client privilege. He reiterated that he was never was represented by Cohen and never had any cases with him that involved a third party. Colbert asked. "I'm going to with the first one, because I know Sean Hannity, and delivering factual information is not his strong suit".

Wood wouldn't accept that. "That's not enough under the law". His lawyers revealed Hannity's connection to their client in federal court Monday.

Noah called out Hannity for being "unethical" for not divulging his relationship with Cohen. He bent over backwards to deny the relationship, claiming nothing more than a few harmless chit-chats over real estate.

Cohen's lawyers did not detail the type of legal work he did for Hannity.


"Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter", the Fox host said.

He says he never formally retained Mr Cohen or received a bill from him.

The conservative commentator made no effort to address criticisms that he should have disclosed his relationship with Cohen by himself, but was forced to confront the subject in an exchange with retired Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, a frequent guest on the show.

In a political world of legal semantics and lawerly answers that hedge more than they clarify, some things are unmistakably clear: if a client doesn't think you are his attorney, you're not. "I should know because I'm Michael Cohen's fourth secret client".

"I assumed those conversations were confidential", he said.

Michael Cohen is under criminal investigation for personal business dealings and was ordered to appear in federal court Monday in NY to help answer questions about his law practice.

A lawyer for Trump, Joanna Hendon, asked in a filing on Sunday to be allowed to review documents that in any way relate to the president, which she described as being seized amid a "highly politicised, even fevered, atmosphere".


Failing that, they wanted 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 Trump and Cohen opposed that plan.

But she added that "a special master might have some role here", to ensure the perception of fairness. She asked each party to come up with four names of individuals to be considered for such a role.

McKay said agents took 10 boxes of records, but that most of Cohen's files were on computer drives that they also seized.

Trump's lawyers responded that it was "unreasonable" to expect federal prosecutors to protect the president's rights - thus disputing the Justice Department's position. For seven, the letter said, the work "appears to be providing strategic advice and business consulting, for which privilege would not attach".

Cohen's attorneys said it could be "embarrassing" for those involved to be named publicly.

The hearing in a New York City courtroom stems from a surprise raid this month on Cohen's home and office.

"Hannity's producers are working to contact him", Mr. Smith said. Stormy Daniels, an adult-film actress who says she had a sexual encounter with Trump, watched from the public gallery. They tried to enter the packed courtroom and were initially turned away due to the crowd, before space was found. While in court, she smiled several times as she observed the proceedings from a folding chair near the back of the room. "I think that's a question".




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