“A lawyer for Michael D. Cohen said in court on Monday that one of Mr. Cohen’s clients was Sean Hannity, the Fox News personality and an ardent defender of President Trump,” The New York Times reports.
“Lawyers for Mr. Cohen, the president’s longtime personal lawyer and fixer, had sought to keep the identity of one of Mr. Cohen’s clients a secret in a court challenge of an F.B.I. search of Mr. Cohen’s office,” the report notes. “But after several minutes of back and forth between the government and Mr. Cohen’s lawyers, Kimba M. Wood, a judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, ordered that Mr. Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan, disclose in open court the name of a client in question, who turned out to be Mr. Hannity.”
The Times notes that after Hannity’s name was given, “there were audible gasps in the courtroom.”
The report adds: “Before Mr. Hannity’s name was revealed in the courtroom, Mr. Ryan had argued that the mysterious client was a ‘prominent person’ who wanted to keep his identity a secret because he would be ’embarrassed’ to be identified as a client of Mr. Cohen’s.
“Robert D. Balin, a lawyer for various media outlets, including The New York Times, CNN and others, interrupted the proceedings to argue that embarrassment was not a sufficient legal argument to keep a client’s name secret, and Judge Wood agreed.”
(on his Fox News program)