Trump, Cohen denied exclusive first look at seized documents

by Sophie Craig April 17, 2018, 18:14
Trump, Cohen denied exclusive first look at seized documents

Lawyers for President Donald Trump's personal attorney say investigators "took everything" during raids last week on his residence and office.

Wood ordered Cohen's lawyers to disclose the name of his third legal client, Fox News presenter Sean Hannity.

Attorney Michael Cohen entered federal court in Manhattan on Monday for the afternoon proceeding.

Jimmy Kimmel, Trevor Noah, and Stephen Colbert went absolutely ham on Hannity on Monday night, unpacking the Cohen connection. Hannity did not disclose to his audience that Cohen was also his attorney.

Later he added on Twitter the legal advice he got from Cohen was "almost exclusively about real estate".

The hearing came after an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on Mr Cohen a week ago, in which documents relating to a clandestine payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels were reportedly seized. The second was Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy, and the third was a person whose identity Cohen refused to disclose until forced - it's Hannity.

That prompted a loud gasp in the crowded courtroom given Hannity's close ties to Trump - and because he had not disclosed his association with Cohen in multiple on-air commentaries about the case, even when Cohen appeared as his guest. "They'll be like 'drink tummy tea, by the way, I'm sponsored by tummy tea'". The Southern District of NY reportedly initiated the Cohen raids after receiving a referral from Mueller, most likely because he uncovered evidence of wrongdoing related to Cohen that fell outside the purview of his investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.

Colbert really, really enjoyed himself. "I requested that privilege with him when I asked him, 'Well this just came up, what do you think about this?' or 'What do you think about that?' He assumed, and he kept his word, that they were confidential in attorney-client".

Mr Wood is also expected to hear from a lawyer representing the US President.

Cohen has argued that some of the documents and data seized from him under a warrant are protected by attorney-client privilege or otherwise unconnected to the investigation. He reappeared slouching in an armchair, drinking a glass of red wine, rubbing his stomach, seemingly experiencing pure bliss. "Jon Stewart, after the show I'm going to come over and we're just going to spoon". The conservative host often uses his weeknight broadcast on Fox News to defend the president against what he sees as biased attacks by the media.

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A Fox News spokeswoman did not respond to an inquiry on this point.

Ahead of Colbert's interview with James Comey, the comedian also spoofed ABC's melodramatic teaser for its highly anticipated interview with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, which aired Sunday.

"You should have said that", Dershowitz said.

"Mr. Comey, I'm pregnant", Colbert quipped. "That sounds normal. He has a lawyer - he doesn't pay".

However, Hannity has previously described Cohen as a friend.

"The client's name is Sean Hannity", Ryan said.

Cohen's lawyers did not detail the type of legal work he did for Hannity.

Hannity claims Cohen is a friend and he may have asked for occasional advice, but Trump's hush money fixer law has never represented him in any legal matter.

"I never retained him in any traditional sense", Hannity said.

Daniels is engaged in a separate civil legal fight over $130,000 (€105,000) she received in a 2016 agreement arranged by Cohen to stop her from discussing a sexual encounter she says she had with Trump a decade earlier.

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