17 April, 2018
In court on Monday, the legal team for President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was forced to identify the name of a third Cohen's client - a mystery person whom he initially didn't want to name.
"I think it's a huge minefield for Donald Trump and the Trump Organization", said trial attorney Joseph Cammarata, who represented Paula Jones in her sexual harassment suit against President Bill Clinton. "And shockingly, that client turned out to be my pal Sean Hannity", Kimmel said in the opening of his ABC late night show. The Playmate became pregnant and elected to have an abortion.
Michael Cohen's client list is rivaling Jennifer Love Hewitt's Client List when it comes to drama. "That's not enough under the law".
When Hannity's name was announced, there were gasps in the courtroom, which was packed with journalists. A few of them raced from the courtroom.
"Depending on what is contained within those documents, I think there is significant danger to the president", her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, told reporters after the hearing.
"I assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third-party", the cable news veteran, wrote, in another tweet. I never received an invoice. Cohen says he paid $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election to keep her from blabbing about having sex with Trump in 2006, shortly after his third wife, Melania, gave birth to their son.
Two things, though. If Cohen gave Hannity legal advice only sporadically, nearly in passing, why would there be anything in his files about Hannity that prosecutors might now possess?
"I have the right to privacy, I do", Hannity interrupted.
He finally concluded by saying that most of his discussions with Cohen revolved around real estate advice.
Attorney Michael Cohen entered federal court in Manhattan on Monday for the afternoon proceeding.
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But prosecutors want the documents to be reviewed for attorney-client privilege by a "taint team" of lawyers within their own office, who would be walled off from the main prosecution team.
But regardless of what the host claimed, he still appears to have had a close relationship, if not merely a professional one, with the president's personal attorney.
"I have faith in the Southern District U.S. attorney's office that their integrity is unimpeachable", the judge said, though she added that naming a special master could also work.
At stake is an investigation that could uncover the inner workings of Trump's longtime fixer and image protector. "You know Sean Hannity is probably on the phone with his wife going, 'Hey honey, its so weird how I used the guy who pays off mistresses to get me out of that parking ticket, ' " the host quipped.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas McKay said in court that the government took images of the contents of most electronic devices, leaving them behind after the raids, and that cataloguing evidence might be delayed because some devices must be sent to an Federal Bureau of Investigation laboratory to "decrypt" because they require code words.
"They said investigators seized more than a dozen electronic devices and other items including documents and data unrelated to the probable cause upon which the search warrants were based".
Prosecutors have asked that the seized documents be reviewed for attorney-client privilege by a "filter team" of lawyers within their own office, who would be walled off from the main prosecution team. "I never retained him in the traditional sense, as retaining a lawyer". "All lawyers are deflated and concerned!"