(UPDATE, 1:15pm: Hannity is denying that he has an attorney-client relationship with Michael Cohen to protect. He tweeted the firm denial: "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." However, an attorney-client relationship can be formed without the data points Hannity provided. (It is also a bit surprising that Hannity would make this claim.)
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
Michael Cohen's attorneys acknowledge this morning that he has had three legal clients during the past year: the President of the United States, Elliot Broidy (now-former RNC official), and a 3rd client who is ready to appeal any court order to be publicly named as a Cohen client, due to "embarrassment".
Cohen's counsel's letter to U.S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood says the 3rd person is not connected to the subject matter of the search warrants executed on Cohen's home, office, hotel room. However, the embarrassment of being named publicly in connection with the matter imposes on Cohen the obligation to respect the client's directive and not divulge the name - unless privately to a special master reviewing the nature of the documents seized in response to the search warrants.
Late last night, attorneys for Trump wrote the judge and claimed the right to review the documents before a Department of Justice "taint team", saying that no prosecutors could fairly review the documents.
A hearing on the matters related to the search warrants is scheduled for this afternoon.
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