Sean Hannity ID'd as Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen's Mystery Client

Adult-film actress Stephanie Clifford also known as Stormy Daniels puts her shoe back on after passing though a security screening as she arrives at federal court in the Manhattan borough of New York City New York U.S

Cohen was in court for a hearing regarding the investigation into his business dealings.

"I never retained him in the traditional sense as retaining a lawyer, I never received an invoice from Michael, I never paid legal fees to Michael, but I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective".

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.

Michael Cohen outside court in NY on April 16.

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.

The third client, Mr Cohen said, had refused to give him permission to be publicly named. Federal prosecutors want a team of government lawyers to review the material to determine what's covered by the attorney-client privilege and what can be passed to investigators. That he did some legal work for him along the way.

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.

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The payoff to Ms Daniels could amount to a campaign finance violation.

It also emerged Cohen facilitated a $1.6 million payment to a former Playboy model who said she became pregnant from a relationship with Broidy, who was the deputy chair of the Republican National Committee until he resigned Friday when the payment became public. "Upon information and belief, the unnamed legal client's matters are responsive to any matter covered by. the search warrants".

Hannity addressed the revelation of his name in court, telling listeners on his radio show on Monday that Cohen "never represented me in any matter" and that he occasionally sought Cohen's advice on legal matters.

It is unusual but not unprecedented for criminal investigators to seize documents from a lawyer, and there is a policy in place created to shield information covered by the attorney-client privilege.

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.

Late Sunday, lawyers for Trump asked for copies of the seized material to be turned over so the President could review them for confidential information. Prosecutors are examining whether crimes were committed as part of any pattern or strategy of trying to buy the silence of people who could offer accounts that could have damaged Trump's candidacy in 2016.

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