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17 April 2018, 06:17 | Conrad Doyle
President Trump and Fox News personality Sean Hannity
Cohen quickly entered the national spotlight when it was reported that Trump allegedly attempted to keep adult film star Stormy Daniels from talking about her affair with the president and the lawyer brokered the deal between the two. "They're assuming - because I guess he did some type of work for some Republican guy - they're figuring, 'Oh, he must've done a big settlement case for Hannity.' That's not - no, that's not what happened".
Cohen, Trump's fiercely loyal and pugnacious lawyer, was in Manhattan federal court to ask the judge to limit the ability of federal prosecutors to review documents seized from his offices and home last week as part of a criminal investigation.
The hearing came after an Federal Bureau of Investigationraid on Mr Cohen a week ago, in which documents relating to a clandestine payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels were reportedly seized.
Cohen is "radioactive", said Michael Avenatti, Clifford's lawyer.
Hannity immediately pushed back, repeating what he said earlier that his relationship with Cohen was "minimal" and mostly about real estate. Hannity said he "occasionally had brief discussions about legal questions" with Cohen. "Did he not tell them, or did he tell them and they just ignored it?"
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. They initially declined to reveal the name of the third client, but Judge Kimba Wood forced Cohen's legal team to reveal the name in open court, saying "I understand he doesn't want his name out there. And to be absolutely clear, they never involved any matter, any - sorry to disappoint so many - matter between me, a third-party, a third group at all".
Attorneys for Trump and Cohen had said thousands or millions of Cohen's files were protected because of attorney-client privilege, arguing that the documents could have included files on Cohen's hundreds of clients between 1996 and 2006. "I think it would have been much, much better had they disclosed the relationship".
Noah criticized Hannity for not disclosing that he was Cohen's client, despite reporting on him many times on his show.
But she added that "a special master might have some role here", to ensure the perception of fairness.
He also said he had never received an invoice or paid legal fees for the lawyer's services. The privilege extends to only those private conversations that take place within an established attorney-client relationship, and even then, those conversations must specifically pertain to legal advice.
The judge late Monday said she would not withhold the seized records from prosecutors but left undecided what limits might be imposed, possibly including appointing a special court officer to oversee how the evidence is viewed and handled. "Because right now you're just making faces", Colbert said in the exaggerated video, poking fun at the ABC trailer. "It had to do with real estate and nothing political", Hannity told Dershowitz.
Monday's hearing began with an appearance by porn actress Stormy Daniels, who was swarmed by photographers and almost fell as she was hustled into the courthouse, a scene that captured the sensational atmosphere around the case.
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.
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