President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer revealed in court on Monday that he represents Fox News host and Trump ally Sean Hannity, after a federal judge ordered him to reveal the client’s secret identity at a hearing.
On Friday, federal judge Kimba Wood told Cohen’s lawyers that she wanted a list of Cohen’s clients in order to make a decision on whether to stop the FBI from reviewing seized materials from a raid of Cohen’s office and hotel room on April 9.
Cohen has previously disclosed his work for Trump, including that he paid $130,000 to adult film star Stormy Daniels, who claims the payment was to keep her quiet about an affair with the president.
Cohen’s legal team was trying to protect Hannity’s identity in the hearing because of his public prominence, but Judge Wood ordered Cohen to reveal the identity of his client.
“I understand that he doesn’t want his name out there, but that’s not enough under the law,” Wood said.
Hannity confirmed the news after Cohen’s team announced his name.
“We have been friends a long time,” Hannity told the Wall Street Journal’s Rebecca Ballhaus. I have sought legal advice from Michael.”
The other two clients Cohen’s provided legal advice to since Trump took office are Trump and Elliot Broidy, according to this morning’s court filing.