Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Sean Hannity is the client whose identity Michael Cohen wanted kept secret


Cohen is asking Wood for an order allowing his lawyers or a special master appointed by the court to first review the materials before anyone from the US Attorney's Office in the Southern District of NY - which executed the warrant - does so. Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, who is suing Cohen in a separate case, also came to court.

Prosecutors are arguing that the documents and electronics seized from Cohen's office and home should not be protected by attorney-client privilege.

Cohen, who is under criminal investigation for possible bank fraud and campaign finance violations, wants the material to be reviewed before federal prosecutors have a chance to scrutinize it.

Jill Rhodes did not offer any kind of statement on that incident, and she is quiet once again after Sean Hannity was identified as a client of Michael Cohen.

As the hearing got underway, Mr Cohen sat by his lawyers, dressed in a dark suit, looking tense and clasping his hands on a table before him.

The FBI last week conducted a no-knock raid on Cohen's office, apartment and hotel room, seizing documents, emails and more, including records of payment to porn star Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 presidential election.

In their letter to US District Judge Kimba M. Wood, Cohen's attorneys Todd Harrison and Stephen Ryan wrote that the third client did not allow them to reveal the fact that they utilized Cohen's services.

As part of the judge's effort to resolve such requests, she asked Cohen's lawyers to tell her Monday how many clients, and documents, might be involved in the material seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

They also said that Cohen appeared to have few clients other than the President and they had not uncovered any emails between the two suggesting the potential risk of violating attorney client privilege was slim.

"A lot of people here know his number", Smith said.

Last week's raids came after a "months-long" investigation related largely to Mr Cohen's business dealings, rather than his work as a lawyer, prosecutors have said.

Cohen only had three clients for whom Cohen's work involved direct legal advice or dispute resolution. The attorneys said in the filing that Cohen represented three clients in the past year: Trump; Elliot Broidy, the Republican fundraiser for whom Cohen helped facilitate a $1.6 million payment to a Playboy playmate; and a third person. "Upon information and belief, the unnamed legal client's matters are responsive to any matter covered by. the search warrants".

Cohen's lawyers argue that if the court appoints a special master to oversee the issue, "that legal client would allow their name to be disclosed to the special master".

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