Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

The unbelievable story of Michael Cohen-and Sean Hannity

"I have known Michael a long, long time", he continued.

At a hearing in federal court in Manhattan on Monday, a judge ordered a lawyer for Cohen to disclose that Hannity is a client of Cohen.

Monday's hearing in NY began with an appearance by porn actress Stormy Daniels, who was swarmed by photographers and almost fell as she was hustled into the courthouse, a scene that captured the sensational atmosphere around the case.

Hannity addressed the revelation of his name in court on Monday, telling listeners on his radio show that Cohen "never represented me in any matter" and that he occasionally sought's Cohen's advice on legal matters.

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Cohen paid $130,000 to Stormy Daniels as part of a nondisclosure agreement, which she says was meant to silence her about an affair she had with Trump.

Hannity said he assumed the conversations between himself and Cohen were "attorney-client confidential" but made clear on his show "not one of any issue I ever dealt with Michael Cohen on ever involved a matter between me and any third party".

Cohen also represented Elliott Broidy in his $1.6 million payoff of a former Playboy model who says the prominent GOP donor got her pregnant. Another option is to set up a "special master" who will vet the material to determine what is protected and what isn't; that is the Cohen team's second choice.

Cohen had his home, office and hotel room raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week, with authorities reportedly seeking records into payments Cohen facilitated to women in exchange for their silence.

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Cohen, who is under investigation for possible bank fraud and campaign finance violations, has caught the attention of federal prosecutors for his role in combating negative stories about Trump.

Lawyers for Cohen filed papers Monday saying investigators "took everything" during the raids, including more than a dozen electronic devices.

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". As a first step, the judge said the government should put the documents in a searchable database to determine which should come under review. "All lawyers are deflated and concerned!"

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