Sean Hannity Says Michael Cohen Never 'Represented' Him: 'I Never Retained Him'

Hannity's name was revealed on Monday by Cohen's lawyer during a Manhattan Federal Court hearing Federal Judge Kimba Wood ordered Cohen's lawyers to reveal the name during the hearing Before the revelation.

Federal prosecutors in NY want a special "taint team" of government lawyers to begin reviewing files seized from Cohen during FBI raids last week, so they can decide which are protected by attorney-client privilege and which may be used to prosecute Cohen. "I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective", said the Fox News host in a statement to TheWrap Monday.

When Hannity did finally speak, after releasing a brief statement on the matter to the media, he only briefly touched on the revelation of his intimate involvement with Cohen, who he has vigorously defended since the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid. "I never retained him in a traditional sense". "I assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third-party".

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.

Daniels is engaged in a separate civil legal fight over $130,000 she received in a 2016 agreement arranged by Cohen to stop her from discussing a sexual encounter she says she had with Trump a decade earlier.

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Cohen is under criminal investigation, prosecutors confirmed last Friday.

Cohen acknowledged that seven of the 10 clients he had in 2017 to 2018 involved business consulting over legal advice.

Cohen is "being investigated for criminal conduct that largely centers on his personal business dealings", Thomas McKay, an assistant USA attorney, said in a court filing.

The search warrant authorizing the raid indicated prosecutors were looking into potential violations of bank fraud, wire fraud, and campaign finance violations, sources told CNN. Another, the stripper and actress Daniels, sat in the back of the gallery's public courtroom as part of her efforts to keep attention on her story, relating to what she says is a past affair with Trump.

Cohen's attorney had previously identified two other clients: Trump and Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy. Both women claimed to have affairs with Trump, who has denied the allegations.

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