Trump lawyers fight to keep seized Cohen files out of investigators' hands

Sean Hannity

Some see Trump's lawyer as overzealous bully.

Cohen is under criminal investigation, prosecutors confirmed last Friday. Instead, she instructed prosecutors to assemble and index the seized records and give copies to all parties in the case.

As a first step, the judge said the Government should put the documents in a searchable database to determine which should come under review.

Plus, the client had specifically asked for privacy and requested that they appeal any demand to divulge his name. Denying an objection by Hendon, the judge ruled federal investigators could obtain the statistical data without examining the underlying content. In late 2016, he paid adult-film star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in exchange for her agreement not to discuss an alleged sexual encounter with Trump.

The investigation of Cohen - which has pitted the president against his own Justice Department - took another unexpected turn Monday with the courtroom revelation that one of Cohen's legal clients was Fox News commentator Sean Hannity.

In a legal filing before the proceeding on Monday, Mr. Cohen revealed that he had worked as a lawyer since 2017 for 10 clients, seven of whom he served by providing "strategic advice and business consulting".

"I have faith in the Southern District US Attorney's Office that their integrity is unimpeachable", Wood said. "That's all there is, nothing more", Hannity said. He tried everything to keep it secret, but the judge ordered him to reveal the name of client number three.

But on his radio show, Hannity said Cohen was never involved in any matter between him and any third party.




"I wonder when Hannity's long-planned vacation is going to start", tweeted political writer John Podhoretz.

"I've known Michael a long, long time".

"When I called the raid on Michael D. Cohen's office a "fishing expedition" last week, it completely slipped my mind that my lawyer is, in fact, Michael D. Cohen", the Fox News host told his viewers. "I've never been a client in the traditional sense". "I never paid legal fees to Michael".

Hannity has been outspoken about last week's Federal Bureau of Investigation raids on Cohen - who paid $130,000 to a porn star to stay silent about an alleged affair with Trump - saying the seizure of Cohen's files amounted to special counsel Robert Mueller declaring "war against the president of the United States". Cohen arranged secretive payouts to women for two other two clients, Trump and Elliott Broidy, the now-former deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee.

The April 9 raid on Mr Cohen sought information on a variety of matters, including a $US130,000 ($167,000) payment made to Daniels, who alleges she had sex with a married Mr Trump in 2006.

On Twitter Sunday, Trump decried the breach of his communications with Cohen.

"There's been a lot of time and energy and ink spilled over the last 15 months or so over what the term "collusion" actually means", Maddow said. "All lawyers are deflated and concerned!"

Prosecutors responded Monday in a letter to Wood that "there is no basis for the assertion by the president that career federal prosecutors, designated to a filter team, can not fairly evaluate whether certain files, obtained by a judicially-authorized search warrant contain privileged material". Cohens lawyers did not detail the type of legal work he did for Hannity.

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