Hannity shares world view with Trump, and lawyer, too

President Trump and Fox News personality Sean Hannity

President Trump and Fox News personality Sean Hannity

"I have a right to privacy", the Fox News host retorted.

US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer was forced on Monday to reveal in a NY federal court that Fox News personality Sean Hannity, one of Trump's most ardent defenders, was also on his client list.

The last to enter court, she was among the first to leave. Unfortunately, the conflict of interest appears to have never crossed the host's mind, as Hannity pushed his own theory regarding Cohen to the public without thinking twice. On Monday in a court in NYC, a judge ordered Cohen to reveal his list of unnamed clients, with one being named as Fox News host Sean Hannity. Both women claimed to have had affairs with Trump, who has denied the allegations, more than a decade ago.

Though the Hannity revelation drew most of the attention, the three-hour court hearing Monday ended without a resolution in the central fight over whether materials taken from Cohen are subject to attorney-client privilege.

Last week, it was revealed that Cohen had helped Broidy negotiate a $1.6 million settlement with a former Playboy model who got pregnant after they had an affair.

Wood then demanded that Ryan reveal the client's name. Noah wasn't impressed. Comey's paeans to America and truth sound like a Drake lyric, he said, but "when you're also throwing grade-school shade" about Trump's hair and hands, it "doesn't sound like an impartial lawman".

Prosecutors have asked that the seized documents be reviewed for attorney-client privilege by a "filter team" of lawyers within their own office, who would be walled off from the main prosecution team.

Communications between lawyers and the people they represent are typically kept confidential under the doctrine of attorney-client privilege.

Showing clips from Hannity's show last week, in which the host addressed the raid of Cohen's office, Noah noted, "It looks less like a news show and more like a guy who's really stressed giving himself a pep talk".

"I don't know what kind of legal advice doesn't involve a third party?" Trump also has said that he was unaware of the payment.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas McKay urged the judge to reject the requests from the president and Cohen.

"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", Ms Hendon wrote in court papers filed on Sunday.

The searching of any attorney's office by the government is highly unusual and typically triggers the appointment of a "taint team" to check seized material for attorney-client privilege. "I think it would have been much, much better had they disclosed the relationship". "All lawyers are deflated and concerned!"

Daniels told reporters after the court session that she showed up to make sure that the seized records are not destroyed. That will open up an argument that Cohen wasn't acting as a lawyer when he paid the money.

Avenatti used the large contingent of media assembled outside the courthouse to take a series of shots at Cohen, who he called "radioactive", and Trump.

A federal judge signaled Monday that she is unlikely to grant President Donald Trump's request to let him unilaterally determine what material seized last week from his personal lawyer is privileged, but she indicated that she may appoint an outside attorney to assess the records in an effort to carefully navigate the high-stakes case.

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