But Judge Kimba Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY, rejected the request, ruling that a "taint team" set up by prosecutors to filter out privileged documents is a "viable option", while a "special master" - a court-appointed outside lawyer - may have "a role here". They argued that the third client should remain anonymous and said the client did not allow them to disclose that they had used Cohen's services.
Predictably, Kimmel's fellow late-night liberal Stephen Colbert waded into the fray, toasting the revelation that Hannity was Cohen's client with a glass of wine. And Cohen's work for the other client on his shortlist, Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy, included negotiating a $1.6 million settlement with a former Playboy model who got pregnant when she and Broidy had an affair.
Rachel Maddow prefaced her show by saying "this is going to be sort of an interesting show tonight", referring to Michael Cohen's disclosure that Sean Hannity was his third, previously undisclosed client.
"I assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third party", he said in a statement. I never paid Michael Cohen for legal fees.
Cohen's lawyers called the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid "completely inappropriate and unnecessary" and said it resulted in the "seizure of protected attorney-client communications between a lawyer and his clients".
Then on Monday, the news broke that Hannity was named in court as one of Cohen's clients, along with President donaldTrump.
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"My discussions with Michael Cohen never rose to any level that I needed to tell anyone that I was asking him question". "You could have said just that you asked him for advice or whatever, but I think it would have been much, much better had you disclosed that". He even, as in that last example, implied that he gave Cohen a de minimis amount of money (to use Hannity's term) in order to retain Cohen in a non-traditional sense.
During his live radio show, he seemed flustered that he was getting a steady stream of phone and email messages about it.
He added that his questions "almost exclusively" focused on real estate.
In the course of arguments in court yesterday, it was revealed that one of Cohen's clients is Sean Hannity.
Daniels' telegenic lawyer, Michael Avenatti, is an adept media manipulator - playing the President at his own game, stoking newsy moments and leveraging the legal system to inject his client's case into the media bloodstream. And remove Hannity from it. Let's say that once a week, I appear on national cable television. I did have occasional, brief conversations with Michael Cohen.