Sean Hannity is the client whose identity Michael Cohen wanted kept secret

Sean Hannity

It is unusual but not unprecedented for criminal investigators to seize documents from a lawyer, and there is a policy in place created to shield information covered by attorney-client privilege.

Prosecutors are arguing that the documents and electronics seized from Cohen's office and home should not be protected by attorney-client privilege.

Sean Hannity shares a world view with President Donald Trump and on Monday it was revealed, with some reluctance, that he shares a lawyer, too. The warrant also sought information that included payments allegedly made to keep Daniels and McDougal silent.

Another was Elliot Broidy, a Trump fundraiser who resigned from the Republican National Committee late last week after it was revealed that he paid $US1.6 million ($2.05 million) to a Playboy Playmate with whom he had an extramarital affair.

Todd Harrison, a lawyer for Cohen, said at Friday's hearing that "thousands" of documents seized were likely privileged, and that many related to clients other than Trump.

Cohen's lawyers resisted revealing the name of the third client, saying it would be embarrassing and unnecessary.

Wood wouldn't accept that.

"I understand if he doesn't want his name out there, but that's not enough under the law", Wood said, before ordering the name disclosed. "You could have said just that you asked him for advice or whatever". Ryan identified Hannity as the third client to audible gasps in the courtroom, according to The New York Times. "And my questions nearly exclusively focused on real estate", Hannity said.

Cohen is "being investigated for criminal conduct that largely centers on his personal business dealings", Thomas McKay, an assistant U.S. attorney, said in a court filing. "Let me set the record straight: Michael Cohen never represented me in any legal matter, I never retained his services".

Hannity says he didn't have a formal legal relationship with Cohen, but reporting extensively on Cohen without mentioning their relationship is "pretty shady", Noah said, "even for Sean Hannity".

After explaining his relationship with Cohen, Hannity did what he does best: attacking the media.

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"I rule it must be disclosed now", she said.

"You know, now that we know he was working with Cohen, that looks less like a news show and more like a guy already stressed giving himself a pep talk", Noah said.

He added, "I think they ought to fire Sean Hannity".

Hannity seemed eager Monday to dismiss what he said was "wild speculation" that the legal matters he discussed with Cohen might be similar to the kinds of deals involving Trump and Broidy. One was $130,000 to Stormy Daniels, the porn actress, and she attended the crowded court hearing.

On his Fox show last Monday, Hannity said that the Cohen raid represented a "dangerous phase" of Mueller's investigation "and there is no turning back from this". Attorneys for Trump and Cohen opposed that plan.

"I have faith in the Southern District US Attorney's Office that their integrity is unimpeachable", making a taint team "a viable option", Judge Wood said. She asked each party to come up with four names of individuals to be considered for such a role. McKay stressed that the team of government lawyers who would review the seized material would be "walled off" from their colleagues, like himself, who are pursuing the criminal inquiry against Cohen.

The host has a relationship with the president's attorney.

But even if an attorney-client relationship between Cohen and Hannity did actually exist, it is the client, not the attorney, who controls the disclosure of communication.

Mr Cohen's lawyers did not detail the type of legal work he did for Hannity.

They called the Federal Bureau of Investigation raids on Cohen's home, office and hotel room "an operation disquieting to lawyers, clients, citizens, and commentators alike", and repeatedly referred to their client, whom they represent in a personal capacity, as "the president". The law firm was not named, but Cohen teamed up last spring with Squire Patton Boggs. A few of them raced from the courtroom.

Avenatti used the large contingent of media assembled outside the courthouse to take a series of shots at Cohen, who he called "radioactive", and Trump. "Anyone that had any contact with this man in the last 20 years should be very concerned about what secrets of theirs are within these documents".

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