A legal fight over what should happen to records the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized from President Donald Trump's personal attorney took a surprise twist Monday when the lawyer, Michael Cohen, was forced to reveal in court that he had also secretly done legal work for Fox News host Sean Hannity.
Cohen's lawyers were required by a federal judge in NY to disclose the names of his clients Monday as part of an argument over attorney-client privilege and how it applies to records seized from Cohen last week by the FBI. But Judge Kimba Wood made one of the lawyers identify him in open court.
"I understand if he doesn't want his name out there, but that's not enough under the law", Wood said, before ordering a lawyer for Cohen to disclose the name.
Cohen is facing mounting legal troubles after his home and offices were raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week. Daniels was in the courtroom on Monday for the arguments.
Cohen's lawyers did not detail the type of legal work he did for Hannity.
Lawyers for Cohen filed papers Monday saying investigators "took everything" during the raids, including more than a dozen electronic devices.
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But, for at least those three other clients, during 2017-2018, Cohen was performing "more traditional legal tasks", the letter said.
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"And I think Sean Hannity got thrown under the bus by Michael Cohen's counsel today, who was clearly more concerned about protecting the president than protecting Sean Hannity", the lawyer declared. "I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective", he tweeted. He assumed those discussions were covered by attorney-client privilege, he said, and emphasized that they were never about matters involving "any third party".
This is a developing story and will be updated.
A lawyer for Trump, Joanna Hendon, asked in a filing on Sunday to be allowed to review documents that in any way relate to the president, which she described as being seized amid a "highly politicized, even fevered, atmosphere".