Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Trump Worlds Collide as Cohen Meets Stormy Daniels in New York Court

Trump Worlds Collide as Cohen Meets Stormy Daniels in New York Court

A legal fight over what should happen to records the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized from President Trump's personal attorney took a surprise twist Monday when the lawyer, Michael Cohen, was forced to reveal in court that he had also secretly done legal work for Fox News host Sean Hannity.

Hannity's name emerged after the judge pressed Cohen to divulge the names of the clients he's worked with since the 2016 election, whose privileged communications might be contained within his files.

US President Donald Trump and adult film actress and director Stormy Daniels.

It began with an appearance by porn actress Stormy Daniels, who was swarmed by photographers and almost fell as she was hustled into the courthouse, a scene that captured the sensational atmosphere around a legal fight involving the president and an FBI investigation into his personal attorney.

President Donald Trump's personal attorney has been forced to reveal that another of his clients is Fox News host Sean Hannity. Sometimes Trump praises Hannity in return.

A lawyer for Trump has asked Wood to allow her and the president to decide if any of the documents are protected by attorney-client privilege.

According to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump "saw bits and pieces of it", though "did not watch the entire thing".

The hearing is taking place in federal court in Manhattan. She is expected to rule later. She's going to attend at 2 o'clock on Monday.

The raid sought information about a variety of matters, including a $130,000 payment made to Daniels, a stage name for Stephanie Clifford.

Avenatti, Daniels' lawyer, said at Friday's hearing that he had "every reason to believe" that some documents seized from Cohen related to his client.

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Cohen, dressed in a dark suit, at times looked tense, folding and clasping his hands in front of him.

Trump's personal lawyers argued Sunday that the Justice Department can't fairly evaluate whether Cohen's records are protected by attorney-client privilege.

The letter also demanded "that you immediately retract and apologize to Mr Cohen through the national media for your defamatory statements on 60 Minutes, and make clear that you have no facts or evidence whatsoever to support your allegations that my client had anything whatsoever to do with this alleged thug".

"That ends now", she said.

Stephen Ryan, a lawyer for Cohen, drew gasps and laughter from the public gallery when he named Hannity as the client.

Lawyers for Michael Cohen argued in court on Monday that they could not identify Hannity because he asked that his name not be disclosed in connection with an Federal Bureau of Investigation seizure of Cohen's files.

"I have occasionally had brief conversations with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective, and I assumed that those conversations were confidential", he said.

He assumed those discussions were covered by attorney-client privilege, he said on the show, which Fox says reaches more than 13 million listeners. "The president trusted Mr. Cohen as his fixer for years", Avenatti continued. He never mentioned his association with Cohen during the broadcast.

"Fairness and justice - as well as the appearance of fairness and justice - require that, before they are turned over to the Investigative Team, the seized materials relating to the President must be reviewed by the only person who is truly motivated to ensure that the privilege is properly invoked and applied: the privilege-holder himself, the President", Hendon wrote.

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