Cohen "Third Client" Sean Hannity Says Trump Attorney Never Represented Him

Update II: It's been less than an hour since Sean Hannity was revealed to be Cohen's mysterious "third client" and he's already issued a denial.

Apparently, Hannity sought advice from Cohen that Cohen warned him would constitute legal advice - but these issues never involved a third party.

 

 

 

 

Hannity said he "assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third party."

Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter.  I never retained him, received an invoice, or paid legal fees.  I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective.

Listen to the full announcement below:

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Update: Just minutes after Judge Wood ruled that Cohen's mystery "third client"'s identity had to be publicly disclosed, the name has been revealed - as so ordered.

It's Fox News host Sean Hannity.

Though the circumstances and subject of Cohen's legal advice haven't been disclosed, it's worth noting that Hannity faced a handful of sexual harassment allegations late last year.

Courthouse news reporter Adam Klasfeld provided a detailed play-by-play of today's hearing via twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Cohen attorney Stephen Ryan said that the probe into Cohen is starting to look like a probe into President Trump's personal life.

Ryan then added that half of America thinks the investigation is unfair.

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President Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen will appear in Manhattan federal court Monday at 2 pm ET in the courtroom of judge Kima Wood for a hearing about how the government should handle materials seized from his office and home during an FBI raid last week.

Cohen's lawyers have filed an injunction seeking to stop the government from reviewing the materials, which they argue could include communications between Cohen and President Trump that should be shielded by attorney-client privilege. Instead, his lawyers have argued that they should be allowed to review the documents before the government can appoint a "taint team" consisting of third-party investigators who will make that determination.

Information leaked late last week and over the weekend would paint Cohen as a type of fixer who typically handled payoffs to cover up his clients affairs. In addition to allegedly making payments to two separate women on behalf of President Trump, it was reported over the weekend that Cohen paid $1.6 million to a woman who had an abortion after being impregnated by former Republican National Committee Deputy Finance Chairman Elliott Broidy. Broidy resigned on Friday after admitting to the affair.

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And a filing that Cohen's legal team submitted just hours before Cohen is set to appear in Manhattan court only further entrenches this reputation, as it confirms that Cohen gave legal advice to three people in the past year: President Trump, Broidy and a third person whom Cohen declined to name, Bloomberg reported.

"The third legal client directed Mr. Cohen to not to reveal the identity publicly," Cohen’s lawyers wrote.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press, pointing out more details from the filing, cited Cohen's lawyers as saying the FBI investigators "took everything" during last week's raids, which they have described as "completely unprecedented."

Cohen's attorneys said the FBI seized dozens of electronic devices and other items including documents and data unrelated to the probable cause used to justify the warrants.

Cohen is reportedly under criminal investigation for personal business dealings unrelated to the Russia probe and has been ordered to appear in court Monday after his lawyers successfully secured a delay.

The raid purportedly sought information on payments Cohen made to former adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy Playmate Karen MacDougal, who was reportedly paid off by Trump ally David Pecker.

Expect the question of the third individual's identity to become a major issue in today's hearing, which will be closely watched by investors and political observers alike. Investors will be hoping details coming out of the hearing won't spoil today's rally.

Comments

Scar Bro Bes Mon, 04/16/2018 - 17:11 Permalink

Watching snakes eat eachother is fun. Hannity is a jew loving dumb piece of shit - selling his own people out. Cohen is well.....a jew; So what do you expect? Fuck all of them.

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r0mulus JimmyJones Mon, 04/16/2018 - 20:13 Permalink

The Russiagate show will go on as long as it is needed to prevent democrats from taking an honest look in the mirror at their party's unquestionably un-democratic crimes in this past election. The deep state needs the Democratic Party to remain intact so as to preserve its control over the nominal state via it's two-party/1 deep-state system. It has the added bonus of providing them a control mechanism for Trump as well, as he struggles to keep his head above rising political waters.

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Malleus Maleficarum Simplifiedfrisbee Mon, 04/16/2018 - 15:59 Permalink

Whoa, there! Hold on just one damned second, chief! Are you saying you're going over to the Not-So-Grand-Old Blue Team, hoss? 

The GOP may disappoint us occasionally, but it has a long and storied history of putting forth the very best candidates our nation has to offer: Nixon, H.W. Bush, W. Bush, Newt Gingrich, Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and now Trump. Indeed, they've even done wonders for the conservative MSM with such big names as Bill O'Reilly, Max Boot, Daniel Pipes, Bill Kristol, Erick Erickson and yes, even Sean Hannity himself! With a roster like that, it's clear that the GOP wants what's best for the average American! 

Rethink it, friend. You've got two choices, and only two choices. "Not voting" would render the system illegitimate and leave us with no representation, and that's certainly not winning! 

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DosZap Simplifiedfrisbee Mon, 04/16/2018 - 16:05 Permalink

As much as it may smell, I will take the GOP and Trump over anything the Commie Progressives use for a candidate.

Has it been so LONG that we forget the HELL of the previous 8yr term of the SLIME POTUS?.150 Billion to Iran, and 4 Billion for release of 4 prisoners guilty of nothing.(and still holding more), but Obama didn't care about THAT chip(ALL Held Americans at LEAST released for a deal)

PLUS, a total end around on the Constitution, and bOR's, by EO?.

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are we there yet Simplifiedfrisbee Mon, 04/16/2018 - 18:57 Permalink

If attorneys records can go through a 'taint team', can a priests counseling or confessional records if they exist also go through a 'taint team'? What about communication with your wife? Are some privileges more privileged than others? Imagine if diplomatic privilege communication was to go through a 'taint team'. The whole idea of a 'taint team' is unsound.

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Occams_Razor_Trader Simplifiedfrisbee Mon, 04/16/2018 - 19:40 Permalink

Fuck yeah- we need a "woman of the people" like HildaBeast Rotten Clinton.

Not the Billionaire Class- we need to slum it with the hundred millionaire plus class!

She earned her money the ole fashioned way- State Sponsored GRAFT- through government favors.

Oddly when she lost the election- the money sources dried up- and the Clinton Global (Crime) Initiative closed up!

 

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Deep Snorkeler Sub-Zero Mon, 04/16/2018 - 15:18 Permalink

Hannity's Credo

  • we must sanctify God's elite billionaire caste
  • disdain intellectuals 
  • reject reason and facts in favor of intuition and feelings
  • data must be juiced to meet the goals
  • demonize Islam, prepare for the Crusade
  • denigrate the rights of workers
  • blame the poor and powerless for things
  • venerate and empower large corporations

 

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swmnguy Deep Snorkeler Mon, 04/16/2018 - 15:35 Permalink

So now we know Hannity's problem; it's the same as Trump's and Broidy's.  They can't get laid without paying professionals, and then they have to pay the pros to keep quiet and go away.

Jeez.  If they'd just marry someone they want to fuck, and then fuck only that one person, no problems.  In fact, that's what they tell us we have to do, and for most of us, it works out just fine.

What a bunch of skeevy bastards.  No wonder they have to rely on a stumblefuck scumbag like Cohen to do their dirty work.  Nobody decent would touch them with a ten-foot pole, and nobody decent will allow them to touch them with a six-inch pole.

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swmnguy swmnguy Mon, 04/16/2018 - 16:45 Permalink

Even better, now Hannity is pretty much calling Cohen's lawyers liars.  This of course invites proceedings in which the nature of Hannity's relationship with Cohen must be revealed.

These guys, all of them, can not shut up.  They behave in ways they wish to conceal, and simply can not keep their mouths shut about it.

Naturally everyone wants to mention the Clintons, with the key difference appearing to be that the Clintons hire competent legal representation, and then follow legal advice.  This is why they are not in prison, and Michael Cohen is in very real jeopardy of going to prison.

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