Some see Trump's lawyer as overzealous bully.
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.
The government has proposed that Cohen's materials can be reviewed by a walled-off "taint team" of prosecutors that will judge which material is relevant to the investigation and filter out documents that should be kept private.
In a Monday morning filing, Cohen claimed only three legal clients since leaving his job at the Trump Organization in January 2017 and operating as a solo practitioner: Trump; GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy; and a third, unnamed individual. They argued that the client's identity should remain sealed to preserve his privacy and avoid subjecting him to embarrassment.
But Hannity, an entertainer at heart, blurs the lines all the time - for example by calling his show "real news" and by asserting that he has anonymous sources. "You could have said that you had asked him for advice or whatever, but I think it would have been much, much better had you disclosed that relationship". Wood said she wanted more information before ruling. But Judge Kimba Wood made one of the lawyers identify him in open court. (Hannity said later Monday that he had engaged in only passing legal conversations with Cohen, "which dealt nearly exclusively about real estate.") Still, Cernovich was circumspect regarding the ultimate impact of this latest twist.
Hannity remarked that "everyone" was "going insane" and briefly teased journalists who had tuned into his radio program waiting for his reaction: "I'll just keep the media listening because they might learn something", he joked.
"I've known Michael a long, long time". "Not to play this card, because it does get old, but I still find it fascinating that Trump's relationship with this woman is getting more attention than Bill Clinton's rape allegation against him", Cernovich added, before arguing that the case represented a violation of attorney-client privilege. I never received an invoice from Michael.More news: There Might Be A New Self-Destructing Message Feature In The Gmail Revamp
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He gave a lengthier explanation at the end of his show, saying Cohen "never represented me in any legal matter".
As one of Trump's most vocal supporters - and one who reportedly speaks to the president frequently - Hannity attacked the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the raid on Cohen's offices last week without disclosing details of his relationship with Cohen. The warrant also sought information that included payments allegedly made to keep Daniels and McDougal silent. Trump himself has denied knowing anything about Cohen's efforts to pay off his accusers, and has also denied the affairs. He may face charges from a grand jury operating separately from one being used by Robert Mueller, the special counsel, for his Trump-Russia investigation.
"My attorney and I are committed that everyone finds out the truth and the facts of what happened, and I will not rest until that happens", she said. "All lawyers are deflated and concerned".
That team, they said, could provide the documents to Trump and other Cohen clients for their own review. She ordered him to say it aloud.
Cohen's lawyers did not detail the type of legal work he did for Hannity.
The lawyers wrote in a court filing Monday that the raids a week ago to gather evidence from attorney Michael Cohen were "completely unprecedented".