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

Lester Mason
April 16, 2018

Cohen is being investigated for possible bank fraud and campaign finance violations, The Washington Post reported, citing an unnamed source.

"I think it's pretty amusing", Hannity said. But Judge Kimba Wood made one of the lawyers identify him in open court.

Sean Hannity attends a book launch in New York City on April 2, 2018.

Mr Cohen has admitted making a payment to the adult film actress, who claims the money was to keep her quiet about an affair she says she had with a married Mr Trump in 2006.

Prosecutors with the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan said they have a "filter team" of lawyers separate from those involved in the investigation in place to review the documents for any communications between Cohen and his clients.

Cohen only had three clients for whom Cohen's work involved direct legal advice or dispute resolution. Cohen has long described himself as an attorney for Trump but has for years filled a more wide-ranging role as a general troubleshooter.

Prosecutors suggested in their filing that while Cohen "holds himself out as a practicing attorney", he is actually exaggerating the extent of his work in an attempt to cast a wide net of attorney-client privilege over the records seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Among his dealings, Mr Cohen arranged a $1.6-million payment to secure the silence of a former Playboy model who said she became pregnant by Mr Broidy, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.

It was argued that Hannity's identity should not be revealed because it was "likely to be embarrassing or detrimental to the client".

It's unusual enough for federal agents to seize an attorney's records, and unprecedented to take those of a president's personal lawyer.

That procedure involves having a "taint team" - also referred to as a "filter team" of prosecutors outside the investigation review all the material and separate what is covered by the privilege.

Trump's attorneys demanded in a letter to court on Sunday evening that the justice department's plan be halted so that "our firm and the president may review for privilege those seized documents that relate to him" - an extraordinary request from someone in Trump's position in this kind of case. Trump will be represented by his own lawyer, Joanna Hendon, who has requested that the president be given a chance to review the seized materials, which includes more than a dozen electronic devices.

In addition, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is also looking into whether any fraud was committed in connection with Cohen's ownership of taxi medallions - assets whose value has plummeted in recent years.

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