A federal judge forced President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer MIchael Cohen to reveal the identity of a secret client. It’s Fox News host and Trump ally Sean Hannity.
Cohen was trying to protect Hannity’s name as part of a lawsuit he filed to prevent the FBI from searching through the documents agents took on April 9 during a raid on Cohen’s office and hotel room.
On Friday federal judge Kimba Wood, who is presiding over Cohen’s lawsuit, told Cohen’s lawyers that she wanted a list of Cohen’s clients to make a decision on whether to stop the FBI from reviewing the seized materials.
In a Monday morning court filing, Cohen’s lawyers revealed two of the three clients that Cohen had between 2017 and 2018 but refused to name the third.
On Monday afternoon, during a hearing, Wood rejected the plea from Cohen’s team and demanded to be told who the third client was.
“I understand that he doesn’t want his name out there, but that’s not enough under the law,” Wood said.
After a back and forth in which Cohen’s lawyers offered to tell the judge confidentially, they gave in and announced the unnamed client was Hannity.
Hannity confirmed the news after Cohen’s team announced his name.
“I have sought legal advice from Michael,” he said in a statement.
The other two clients Cohen provided legal advice to since Trump took office are Trump and Elliott Broidy, according to Monday morning’s court filing.
Wood had yet to rule on whether the FBI would be allowed to go through the documents when she demanded Hannity’s name.
Vox · by Zachary Fryer-Biggs · April 16, 2018