President Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who also represented a major Republican fundraiser in paying off a former Playboy model, has just three clients, and the third is Fox News entertainment personality, Sean Hannity.
The disclosure came in Federal court in Manhattan this morning as attorneys for Cohen and the President attempt to bar prosecutors from gaining access to files and other documents the FBI seized through search warrants from Cohen's office, home, hotel room, electronic devices and a safe deposit box, as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into Cohen.
Earlier on Monday, lawyers for Cohen refused to identify not only Cohen's third client but also the names of any other past clients, CNBC reported.
U.S District Court Judge Kimba Wood ordered Cohen into court and revealed Hannity's name as part of an investigation into $130,000 in hush money Cohen paid to pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Trump in 2006, the New York Post reported. Trump has denied the affair and any knowledge of the payment.
Cohen's other client, venture capitalist Eliot Broidy, quit last Friday as deputy finance chair at the Republican National Committee after it became known that Cohen had helped arrange Broidy's $1.6 million payment to a Playboy model in exchange for her silence about their affair and her pregnancy, which was aborted, CNBC reported.
Fox News' Shepard Smith reported that a Fox News publicist representing Hannity said the news host and Michael Cohen "have been friends a long time, he never denied that he was his lawyer, that he did some legal work for him along the way, and that's the extent of that."