Published: Tue, April 17, 2018

How Stormy Daniels and her lawyer reacted to the Cohen-Hannity revelation

How Stormy Daniels and her lawyer reacted to the Cohen-Hannity revelation

Manhattan Federal Court Judge Kimba Wood denied their request after a almost three-hour hearing where prosecutors and lawyers for Cohen and Trump argued who should have first dibs at the material. According to AP, the special master could play a role at a later time to aid "the perception of fairness".

The judge said she would decide whether a special master would adjudicate what investigators can access, as requested by Cohen.

After a lengthy deliberation in a NY courtroom today, judge Kimba Wood ordered a lawyer for president Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen to reveal the identity of Cohen's mysterious third client: Fox News talk-show host (and vociferous Trump supporter) Sean Hannity. An attorney for the president on Monday accused prosecutors of "government overreach".

But it also bore the mark of the politics of the day in which a reality-star president prominent on Twitter is facing a battery of legal issues that still includes the special prosecutor's probe into Russian election meddling. "All lawyers are deflated and concerned!"

That is despite the Justice Department's creation of an independent team - a "clean team" or a "filter team" separate from the prosecutors and investigators looking into Cohen - to review the material.

The judge ordered that Cohen himself be present on Monday so that he could answer questions about his clients.

Nevertheless, he maintains that those conversations are still protected by attorney-client privilege.

The government can't look at the substance of the materials, beyond the narrow search.

The letter identified two of the clients, Trump and former GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy, who has acknowledged paying $1.6 million to a Playboy model with whom he had an affair.

The porn star, who was paid $130,000 in a hush agreement over her alleged affair with Trump, sat on a foldable seat, keeping a steady gaze on Cohen. None of this went the way Cohen's attorneys had hoped, of course, but the ultimate resolution to the attempted hiding of Hannity's identity was entirely a self-inflicted wound on the part of Cohen's legal team.

The adult actress was swarmed by dozens of photographers outside the Manhattan court Monday. After being seated by officials in a corner of the room far from the legal action, Clifford appeared bored and leaned her head against the wall.

Todd Harrison, another attorney for Cohen, complained about this apparent accusation of bad faith.

"It's not that you're bad people", Wood said. "You can't take the high road and the low road at the same time". Instead, they said, those documents are now being reviewed by a "taint team" - a group of separate investigators walled off from prosecutors, who are primarily responsible for separating out materials that fall under attorney-client privilege. "I don't want anyone to fall and hurt yourself", Cohen said. Prosecutors, who say they raided Cohen's office, home and hotel room as part of an undisclosed crime related to his personal business dealings, preferred the ordinary procedure of reviewing the documents with a panel of prosecutors unrelated to the investigation.

But attorneys for Cohen and Trump were at pains to disagree.

President Donald Trump suffered a setback as a federal judge rejected his initial request to keep prosecutors from reviewing evidence seized last week from his longtime personal lawyer.

"So for years, Mr. Cohen has acted like he is above the law".

Trump, who was in Florida on Monday, said all lawyers are now "deflated and concerned" by the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on Cohen.

"The president trusted Mr Cohen with his inner-most secrets and I think the chicken are about to come home to roost", Avenatti said.

"Attorney Client privilege is now a thing of the past", he tweeted Sunday. "I'm just trying to ensure that it's done scrupulously".

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