Michael Cohen, the personal attorney for US President Donald Trump, has previously represented Fox News host Sean Hannity, Cohen’s lawyers were forced to reveal in federal court on Monday.
In an earlier court filing, lawyers for Cohen argued that he should not be forced to reveal the names of his clients. Cohen said he had about 10 clients between 2017 and 2018 — three of which he performed “traditional legal tasks” for.
Two of those clients were President Trump and Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy. The third client — who has now been revealed to be Hannity — had asked not to be named.
Federal Judge Kimba Wood said she understood that Hannity “did not want his name out there” but “that’s not enough under the law.”
Cohen previously paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 reportedly in an effort to keep her quiet about an alleged 2006 affair with Trump, while he arranged a $1.6 million payout to a Playboy model who had become pregnant through her relationship with Broidy.
“We have been friends a long time. I have sought legal advice from Michael,” Hannity confirmed to the Wall Street Journal.
In what seems like a clear conflict of interest, Hannity has been covering the story surrounding Cohen on his Fox News show. The news that he has been a client of Cohen’s broke during his live radio show on Monday afternoon.
Cohen’s legal team are challenging last week’s seizure of documents by the FBI, arguing that they are protected by attorney-client privilege.