Hannity denies being represented by Cohen as court drama unfolds

Trump lawyers fight to keep seized Cohen files out of investigators' hands

Fox News host Sean Hannity tried to minimize his link to President Donald Trump's longtime attorney Michael Cohen on Monday, saying he has a "right to privacy" and that the relationship was "minor" and "nothing political".

A federal judge dealt a legal setback to President Trump on Monday, denying his bid to review records seized in an FBI search of his personal attorney's home and office before federal prosecutors review them.

Cohen is trying to keep investigators from sifting through all the documents they collected in those raids, claiming they're protected by attorney-client privilege.

He also hit Hannity for spreading conspiracy theories about former President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFive takeaways from the Comey interview Comey pulls no punches with Trump Comey told Obama he dreaded prospect of working under Trump MORE and slain Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich. "Of course not, because this is what the media in this country does", said one of the top-rated in hosts in American news media.

Cohen's lawyer argued to keep the third client's name confidential, but Wood dismissed his pleas to write it down in a sealed note.

In a separate case in California, Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti filed an objection to Trump and Cohen's requests for a stay in her federal defamation lawsuit.

"Cohen only has two other clients, and all he does for them is pay off mistresses - which raises the obvious question: Who did Sean Hannity have sex with?"

The judge said she would decide whether a special master would adjudicate what investigators can access, as requested by Cohen.

It's not yet clear what services Cohen said he allegedly provided Hannity. Trump reportedly wanted to meet Cohen because he was able to do what his lawyers were unable to do.

A source familiar with the raids said last week that the information Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were seeking included information about payments to Daniels. Stormy Daniels, an adult-film actress who says she had a sexual encounter with Trump, watched from the public gallery.

"I don't mean to laugh, but it's just, these people-I did an opening monologue just in the last segment how journalism is dead", Hannity said "It's buried".

But a letter to the court, Cohen's lawyers painted a very different version of events. On Monday in a court in NYC, a judge ordered Cohen to reveal his list of unnamed clients, with one being named as Fox News host Sean Hannity.

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

Lawyers for Cohen and Trump have argued that the seizure could lead to violations of attorney-client privilege.

But Judge Kimba Wood ruled his application for a preliminary injunction was premature.

By any standards of any normal newsroom, the Cohen-Hannity relationship is a glaring conflict of interest.

Trump may have undermined his own argument for protecting the records when he told reporters that he wasn't aware of the $130,000 payment to the porn actress.

Prosecutors, who say they raided Mr Cohen's office, home and hotel room as part of an undisclosed crime related to his personal business dealings, prefer the ordinary procedure of reviewing the documents with a panel of prosecutors unrelated to the investigation - a so-called "taint team".

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