"Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter".
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's longtime lawyer and hard-nosed fixer, Michael Cohen, lost an early round in federal court in Manhattan on Monday, as a judge ordered him to disclose the name of a client he had tried to keep secret: Fox News personality Sean Hannity.
The last to enter court, she was among the first to leave. The second was Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy, and the third was a person whose identity Cohen refused to disclose until forced - it's Hannity. Kimmel laughed "What kind of legal advice doesn't involve a third party?"
Once you know Hannity has personal skin in the game with Cohen, "it's fun to go back and look at everything he said about the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid". "This is insane! Cohen only has two other clients, and all he does for them is pay off mistresses".
Monday's hearing began with an appearance by adult-film actress Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels. The woman became pregnant and subsequently had an abortion, Broidy said in a statement last week after The Wall Street Journal first reported Cohen's role. Ryan called him "a public and prominent individual" and said he had asked not to be identified.
"My attorney and I are committed that everyone finds out the truth and the facts of what happened, and I will not rest until that happens", she said.
Attorneys for Trump and Cohen had said thousands or millions of Cohen's files were protected because of attorney-client privilege, arguing that the documents could have included files on Cohen's hundreds of clients between 1996 and 2006.
The hearing in a New York City courtroom stems from a surprise raid this month on Cohen's home and office. The host described him as Trump's lawyer and then added, "Also, full disclosure: a personal friend of mine, long before this election ever started".
The U.S. attorneys office proposed using its own special team to assess whether records - including 10 boxes of records seized from Cohen's office, along with an unknown amount of electronic data - are subject to attorney-client privilege before the prosecutors investigating Cohen can see them.
In a court filing Sunday night, however, Trump's lawyers argued that would not protect the president's rights - thus disputing the Justice Department's position. "Isn't that interesting? That he would need advice from Michael Cohen?". She said the government should put the documents in a searchable database to help with the review, and prosecutors said they expected they could determine by midweek how rapidly they can accomplish that.
Prosecutors filed papers last week in court revealing that Cohen is under criminal investigation.
The vocal Trump supporter had never mentioned his involvement with Cohen and last week called the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid an "all-hands-on-deck effort to totally malign and, if possible, impeach the president of the United States". "I have many (too many!) lawyers and they are probably wondering when their offices, and even homes, are going to be raided with everything, including their phones and computers, taken. All lawyers are deflated and concerned".
"He has played by a different set of rules, or should we say no rules at all", she said of Cohen.
Avenatti used the large contingent of media assembled outside the courthouse to take a series of shots at Cohen, who he called "radioactive", and Trump.
Hannity's name unexpectedly came up in court Monday as a judge hearing a motion brought by Cohen's legal team to exclude some items seized in the raid pressed them to identify Cohen's clients.