On Monday in a New York federal court, the personal attorney of President Trump was made to reveal that, in addition to representing the president, he has performed legal work for Sean Hannity, who is a TV host on Fox News who outwardly supports the president.
Michael Cohen, who represents the president on a variety of personal matters, was forced by a judge to name Hannity through his own attorney. Watching all this from the gallery was Stormy Daniels, who claims that she was engaged in an adultrous relationship with the president a decade earlier.
Daniels is currently engaged in a separate lawsuit, in which she is disputing a non-disclosure agreement she signed in 2016, in which — in exchange for $130,000 — she agreed not to discuss the alleged affair, which the president claims never happened. Cohen represented the president in the settlement.
Hannity, who is 56 years old, insists that Cohen has never officially represented him in a legal capacity, nor has he ever paid for his legal services. Though he says that he once did seek confidential legal advice from him. Not only has Hannity strongly and publicly defended the president and his policies on his popular television show, he has also received praise from the president because of it.
Cohen was in court so that he could ask a judge to limit the ability of government prosecutors to review documents that the FBI took from both his home and his office in connection to a criminal investigation relating to possible collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016.
The White House is said to be frustrated with the investigation, which has ensnared some of the president’s closest aides.
According to CNN, during the proceedings, Kimba Wood — who is the judge in the case — listened for more than 2 hours to arguments from attorneys representing Cohen, the federal government and the president. She is expected to rule in the case at a later time.
Though on Monday she did rule that federal prosecutors must provide the attorneys representing Cohen copies of all documents that they have seized from Cohen before the next scheduled hearing happens.