Both the President and his lawyer say the documents were protected under attorney-client privilege.
"I never gave him a retainer".
"I understand if he doesn't want his name out there, but that's not enough under the law", Wood said, before ordering a lawyer for Cohen to disclose the name. I may have handed him $10 once.
According to Hannity, he never dealt with Cohen on matters between him and a "third-party". One recent presidential dinner guest was Hannity, a longtime Trump ally whose connection to Cohen shed more light on the attorney who was more than just a lawyer for Trump. While money is generally not a requirement for invoking that privilege, the notion persists in popular culture and has been used as a plot device on numerous TV programs, including "Breaking Bad".
Fox News has yet to comment on the matter, but the network often holds it primetime hosts to a different standard than other on-air personalities, arguing that they are offering opinion, not journalism.
The mystery was solved when Kimba M. Wood, a judge in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, ordered that Cohen's lawyer, Stephen Ryan, disclose the name of the client in question, who turned out to be Hannity, The New York Times reported. In another clip, Hannity says: "If you voted for Donald Trump you better get buckled up because this is gonna be a rough ride". I never paid Michael Cohen for legal fees. Instead, Hannity dismissed the idea that he should have said anything about his personal ties to Cohen, and criticized the "mainstream media" for its interest in the matter.
It was not immediately clear what sort of legal work Cohen did for Hannity.
Daniels, in a separate civil case, is fighting a 2016 non-disclosure agreement arranged by Cohen in which she got $130,000 to stop her from discussing her claim she had sex with Trump a decade earlier, something Trump has denied.
"I have the right to privacy, I do", Hannity interrupted. "I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective", Hannity wrote on Twitter.
The judge late Monday said she would not withhold the seized records from prosecutors but left undecided what limits might be imposed, possibly including appointing a special court officer to oversee how the evidence is viewed and handled.
"You should have said that", Dershowitz said.
Predictably, perhaps, news of Hannity's relationship with Trump's embattled lawyer prompted conspiracy trolls to spread baseless stories that Hannity had been outed by the "deep state". Outside afterward, she said Cohen has acted like he's above the law and that she and her lawyer are committed to making sure everyone learns the truth. "I requested that privilege with him when I asked him, 'Well this just came up, what do you think about this?' or 'What do you think about that?' He assumed, and he kept his word, that they were confidential in attorney-client".
Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels plans to attend the hearing, her lawyer Michael Avenatti, said on Sunday.
Daniels told reporters after the court session that she showed up to make sure that the seized records are not destroyed.