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Fox News host Sean Hannity was named as a client of Michael Cohen’s Monday after a federal judge ordered Cohen’s attorneys to reveal the name of the three clients Cohen did business with last year.
Hannity was not named in court documents that had been requested by Judge Kimber Wood. Instead, he was referred to as someone who requested his name not be released in court filings.
Hannity has denied he was a client of Cohen in the traditional sense.
Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter. I never retained him, received an invoice, or paid legal fees. I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective.— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 16, 2018
In response to some wild speculation, let me make clear that I did not ask Michael Cohen to bring this proceeding on my behalf, I have no personal interest in this proceeding, and, in fact, asked that my de minimis discussions with Michael Cohen,— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 16, 2018
which dealt almost exclusively about real estate, not be made a part of this proceeding.— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 16, 2018
Cohen was in court Monday asking Wood to hear arguments over whether he and President Donald Trump should be allowed to review the documents federal agents seized last week before federal prosecutors are able to do so.
Cohen filed a temporary restraining order last week to stop investigators from reviewing the material.
The court asked Cohen to reveal whom he did legal work for in the past year, and who would have been a party to the documents that were seized in a raid on April 9.
Cohen responded that he had worked for three people: Trump, Republican National Committee fundraiser Elliott Broidy, and the unnamed person.
Cohen’s lawyers tried not to publicly name Hannity Monday, saying they would write his name on a piece of paper and hand it to the judge, but Wood told them to say the name out loud in open court.
According to Cohen's attorney, investigators in the federal prosecutor's office for the Southern District of New York City were informed by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller that Cohen arranged for a payment of $130,000 to adult film star Stormy Daniels in exchange for Daniels’ silence about a 2006 affair with Trump.
Daniels has been talking about the affair, claiming the deal for the $130,000 is void because Trump never signed the contract.
Daniels was in the courtroom on Monday.