Monday President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, revealed in court his mystery third client was Fox News host Sean Hannity. What a coincidence! How curious that Mr. Hannity publicly weighed in against the executed search warrant on Cohen’s office, home and hotel room, but neglected to inform his audience that he shared a legal relationship with Cohen.
U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood compelled Cohen’s appearance and to reveal this mystery party after court documents alluded to Cohen representing three primary clients that fell under the protective umbrella of attorney/client privilege.
Cohen’s attorney verbally disclosed Hannity as Cohen’s third client. Judge Wood also denied the request to prevent the prosecution from viewing the seized documents from Cohen’s properties, instead allowing Cohen and Trump’s attorneys the right to review the seized discovery for purposes of identifying information possibly excludable under attorney/client privilege.
It’s worth reviewing the identities of these three Cohen clients. President Trump, who Cohen served by paying $130,000 to adult film star Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet about a consensual affair she had with Trump. Ms. Daniels was in the courtroom yesterday and responded righteously to the prospect of Trump and his associates being forced to come clean about their behavior.
Cohen’s second client was identified as Elliot Broidy, who Cohen facilitated a $1.6 million payment to a Playboy model on Broidy’s behalf. This young woman became pregnant as a result of her relationship with the former deputy chair of the RNC, a position Broidy resigned Friday after news of this payment went public. Broidy acknowledged this relationship and his financial assistance to the woman during the period when she terminated her pregnancy.
It seems Cohen’s specialty is forcing women into signing non-disclosure agreements and funneling them hush money to keep sexual affairs being had by powerful married men secret. This begs the question, does Hannity have something similar in common with Cohen’s other two clients?
Prosecutors last week said in a court filing they’ve been investigating criminal conduct by Cohen for months, centering on his personal business dealings and payments made to keep women silent about affairs involving Trump. The search warrant authorizing the raids indicated prosecutors were looking into potential violations of bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations.
Hannity stated on his radio show that he never retained Cohen in the traditional sense, but had known Michael for years and merely asked him some real estate questions. Interestingly, Cohen doesn’t practice real estate law.
More likely there is some document or recording involving Sean Hannity that both the president and Cohen feel is damaging enough to justify waging this high-wire legal battle over Hannity being a client in hopes of precluding the seized information from going public. I’m thinking this will get contentious with Judge Wood and Trump’s attorney if there isn’t even agreement about Hannity actually being a client. Should this beak the wrong way for Cohen, he may be the next contestant to win an indictment.