On Monday, April 9, the FBI raided the office, home, and hotel room of Mr. Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen. The U.S. attorney in New York asserted the raids were authorized by a federal judge to seek evidence of conduct “for which Cohen is under criminal investigation.”
The FBI agents were after communication possibly including tapes related to Trump’s affairs with two women who were alleged to have been paid for their silence – pornographic film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal. Cohen filed a temporary restraining order asking the court to stop federal prosecutors from using some of the records they seized.
Cohen didn’t appear in court Friday morning and wasn’t charged with a crime, but after Friday’s hearing, the judge ordered the parties to return to court for another hearing on Monday with Cohen required to be present.
During Monday’s hearing, the judge ordered Cohen to surrender his client list aside from Mr. Trump. Cohen appeared to be amenable to that before the hearing. However, during the hearing, Cohen and his attorneys took a different tone. They refused to turn over the names saying that clients had demanded anonymity and that his duty was to his clients, and not the court.
This denial could have resulted in a contempt citation. Trump’s new lawyer, Joanna Hendon, argued that the president should be the first to review any information gathered in a raid, with the purpose of determining what materials should be protected by attorney-client privilege.
The judge denied that request, which resulted in Cohen finally turning over his client, and he revealed that his third client was Fox News host Sean Hannity. Hannity addressed it saying it was “no big deal,” and claimed that he casually consulted with Cohen but not as a paying client.
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