In a seemingly made-for-TV drama today, Todd Harrison, the lawyer for Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, argued that the Trump team should be able to review all documents seized by the FBI before they get a crack at it.
One of the arguments was that the identity of a third “publicly prominent individual” whom Cohen also represents would be inadvertently exposed to scrutiny. Harrison, of course, did not want that name to be released to the public.
The other clients are Donald Trump, for whom Cohen made an illegal $130,000 payout in hush money to Stormy Daniels using campaign funds, and Elliott Broidy, deputy national finance chair of the RNC, for whom Cohen made a $1.6 million payout to a former Playboy model who said Mr. Broidy had impregnated her.
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When presiding Judge Wood asked for the legal grounds for withholding the client’s name, Trump’s lawyer says, “I’m simply trying to protect the privacy of that individual.”
Judge Wood, however, asserted that a client’s fear of guilt by association is not enough to prevent disclosure, followed by a mandate: the name “must be disclosed publicly now.”
“I understand that he doesn’t want his name out there, but that’s not enough under the law,” Judge Wood explains.
“The client’s name is Sean Hannity,” Cohen’s lawyer said.
The implications of the fact that Michael Cohen is lawyer to both Donald Trump and Sean Hannity are massive. There is, of course, the glaring conflict of interest that the President of the United States and a right-wing conspiracy theorist who gives instruction to him via Fox News are represented by the same man. In fact, Hannity reported for weeks on Michael Cohen without ever disclosing that he himself is also a legal client.
There is also the fact that federal investigators will also have direct access to Sean Hannity’s potentially incriminating information. Whether this will have any legal implications for Hannity remains to be seen – as the raid revolves around the $130,000 payout to Stormy Daniels – but it is nonetheless dismal optics for the conservative host.
Michael Cohen seems to have a penchant for representing the vilest of clients, although the same could be said for Trump and Hannity’s choice of legal counsel.