That's when one of Cohen's lawyers said for the first time publicly that Cohen has worked for Fox News host Sean Hannity. A little dramatic. Her bodyguards must cost a pretty penny, because they're quite effective.
Judge Kimba Wood spent more than 2-1/2 hours listening to arguments by Cohen's lawyers, prosecutors from the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan and a lawyer representing Trump in the hearing. That's why Cohen's lawyer had to list his client's clients: to say who would be affected by this privilege.
The legal showdown began last week when FBI agents searched Cohen's office, home, hotel room and safe-deposit box, seizing records and documents as part of a probe by federal prosecutors in NY into possible bank fraud and wire fraud.
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"I think Sean Hannity got thrown under the bus by Michael Cohen's counsel today, who was clearly more concerned about protecting the president than protecting Sean Hannity", Avenatti said during a press conference.
The Cohen raid, conducted by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents with a search warrant a week ago, sought evidence of those payments, which could violate laws on bank fraud and campaign contributions.
Fox News host Shepard Smith acknowledged Hannity's connection to Cohen on the air Monday.
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Yet Comey, who was sacked by Trump last spring while investigating Russia's role in the election that put Trump in the White House, says it's unlikely Trump has been compromised by Russian Federation.
However, Wood ordered Cohen's lawyers to reveal the unknown third client, saying his identity is not subject to attorney-client privilege. She then rolled a clip of Hannity offering Cohen a platform to say he'd never been to Prague. "I have sought legal advice for Michael".
"I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective". Cohen had negotiated a deal between Broidy and an unnamed Playboy Playmate who said she had fallen pregnant after an affair with him.
In a separate case in California, Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti filed an objection to Trump and Cohen's requests for a stay in her federal defamation lawsuit. The judge said Cohen's lawyer had to identify all three, and Hannity's name came out.
And Trump himself wants to review the records with his lawyers and make his own decision. Cohen, too, argued in court Friday that his documents should be kept from prying eyes.
At issue during the hearing was Cohen's lawyers' request to be the first to read documents seized in a federal raid of their client's property last week citing attorney-client privilege between Cohen and his clients. Sometimes Trump praises Hannity in return.
"Unlike a search of a traditional law office, the information gathered thus far in the investigation suggests that the overwhelming majority of evidence seized during the searches will not be privileged material, but rather will relate to Cohen's business dealings".
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.