Cohen's secret client revealed: Sean Hannity

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Hannity, 56, said on Monday that he had never paid for Cohen's services or been represented by him, but had sought confidential legal advice from him.

"Why, when Sean was on the air strongly an advocate for President Trump, was he not saying, 'Hey, I've got a relationship with the lawyer, '" Williams said.

The revelation came amid an extraordinary showdown between a sitting president and his own Justice Department over access to files seized in the raids on Cohen's home and office last week and over whether the materials are protected by attorney-client privilege. If it's true that the only time he sought legal advice was informally, when he and Cohen were shooting the breeze about other matters, and all he asked about was mundane real-estate stuff, I can imagine him assuming that there was no lawyer-client relationship. Now, I told you and I've told anyone who will listen: "Mueller's team is corrupt, starting with him, and it has been from the beginning".

In an effort to distinguish his interactions with Cohen from those of Trump and Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy (the other two clients), Hannity implied that his own exchanges with Cohen did not entail the silencing of any alleged sexual partner, as these exchanges did not involve any third party.

Cohen's legal team said he had just three clients in 2017 and 2018. While money is generally not a requirement for invoking that privilege, the notion persists in popular culture and has been used as a plot device on numerous TV programs, including "Breaking Bad".

However, Hannity's name had been revealed as the result of a judge's order after federal prosecutors argued that the identity of an anonymous Cohen client (Hannity) should be made known for the sake of transparency.

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The third client, Mr Cohen said, had refused to give him permission to be publicly named. I never retained him, received an invoice, or paid legal fees.

Cohen is "radioactive", said Michael Avenatti, Clifford's lawyer.

Cohen, however, may have had an incentive to inflate Hannity's importance because he's grasping for ways to impress the judge in Manhattan that there are *lots* of privileged communications in his files and therefore prosecutors shouldn't be allowed to sift through them willy-nilly.

"I have the right to privacy, I do", Hannity interrupted.

They asked to review the documents before they'd be released but the judge said no and instructed prosecutors to build a searchable database of the documents, without examining their contents. Hannity said he "occasionally had brief discussions about legal questions" with Cohen. The Southern District of NY reportedly initiated the Cohen raids after receiving a referral from Mueller, most likely because he uncovered evidence of wrongdoing related to Cohen that fell outside the purview of his investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 United States election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow. Prosecutors say Cohen is being investigated for an undisclosed crime related to his personal business dealings. The firm said last week it had split with Cohen but that it had been in touch with federal investigators about a warrant related to him.

Daniels told reporters after the court session that she showed up to make sure that the seized records are not destroyed. Outside afterward, she said Cohen has acted like he's above the law and that she and her lawyer are committed to making sure everyone learns the truth.

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