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Sean Hannity responds after being named as Michael Cohen's mystery client

Sean Hannity responds after being named as Michael Cohen's mystery client

Cohen has arranged at least two hush-money payments to women who claimed they had sexual affairs with Trump.

Last week, prosecutors said in a court filing that they have been investigating Cohen for months "for criminal conduct that largely centers on his personal business dealings".

A prosecutor says Donald Trump's personal attorney isn't being forthcoming about his law practice.

The search sought information on a variety of matters, including a $130,000 payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had sex with a married Trump in 2006. Those included Trump and Elliot Broidy, the former Republican fundraiser who - with the help of Cohen - paid $1.6 million to a Playboy model with whom he had an affair and impregnated.

The FBI raids targeting Cohen last week represented the clearest sign yet of legal trouble for Trump's inner circle and prompted outbursts from the president on social media.

Cohen and Trump had asked the court to give his lawyers first look at the seized materials so they could identify documents that were protected by attorney-client privilege.

Noah criticized Hannity for not disclosing that he was Cohen's client, despite reporting on him many times on his show.

Wood wouldn't accept that.

Wood replied, "I understand he doesn't want his name out there, but that's not enough under the law".

"This is insane", Colbert said.

When Hannity's name was announced, there were gasps in the courtroom, which was packed with journalists.

Eventually, though, Cohen attorney Todd Harrison submitted Hannity's name - a claim Hannity nearly immediately denied.

On his radio program, Hannity said his conversations with Cohen "dealt nearly exclusively about real estate".

"It nearly goes without saying, unfortunately, that none of Mr. Cohen's clients want to be associated with the government raid on his home and law office, or want to be affiliated in any way with the proceedings here and the attendant media coverage", Cohen's lawyers, Todd Harrison and Stephen Ryan, wrote.

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Just before 3 p.m. Monday, while hosting his nationally syndicated radio show, Hannity posted a message on Twitter: "Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter".

"I never retained him in any traditional sense", Hannity said.

But that didn't stop Kimmel from reveling in the news Monday of Hannity's relationship with Cohen.

Sekulow has been a frequent guest on Hannity's Fox show.

Earlier this year Hannity was accused in the Michael Wolff White House tell-all "Fire and Fury" of giving interview questions to Trump in advance, which he denied.

Hannity said he assumed the conversations between himself and Cohen were "attorney-client confidential" but made clear on his show "not one of any issue I ever dealt with Michael Cohen on ever involved a matter between me and any third party".

Joanna Hendon, left, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, outside Manhattan Federal Court in NY on Friday.

"Attorney Client privilege is now a thing of the past", he tweeted Sunday. It is paramount that the review of Mr. Cohen's data and documents be handled in such a way as to eliminate, as much as possible, even the 'appearance of unfairness, ' " they argued in a letter to Wood. Attorneys for Trump and Cohen opposed that plan.

But she added that "a special master might have some role here", to ensure the perception of fairness. "I should know because I'm Michael Cohen's fourth secret client".

Hannity, an outspoken supporter of Trump, has been a fierce critic of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Cohen's attorneys said it could be "embarrassing" for those involved to be named publicly. That will open up an argument that Cohen wasn't acting as a lawyer when he paid the money.

US President Donald Trump, left, attorney Michael Cohen and adult film actress Stormy Daniels. A few of them raced from the courtroom.

The last to enter court, she was among the first to leave.

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