According to reports, a federal judge told Cohen’s attorneys last week that he must appear and disclose his clients.
Cohen’s attorneys were asked to name his clients as part of the fight over whether the records were subject to attorney-client privilege, but they initially sought to avoid naming his third legal client. Ryan called him “a public and prominent individual” and said he had asked not to be identified.
Cohen’s lawyers have called the raid “completely unprecedented” and asked the judge to let their lawyers review the documents or put in place a special master to comb through the seized material and separate communications that should be protected by attorney client privilege.
So did Hannity. In a series of tweets, he quickly tried to distance himself from Cohen.
“Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter,” he wrote. “I never retained him, received an invoice, or paid legal fees.
I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective. I assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third-party.”
“I never retained his services, I never received an invoice, I never paid Michael Cohen for legal fees,” Hannity recited on his program. “I did have occasional brief conversations with Michael Cohen — he’s a great attorney — about legal questions I had, or I was looking for input and perspective.”
“In response to some wild speculation, let me make clear that I did not ask Michael Cohen to bring this proceeding on my behalf, I have no personal interest in this proceeding, and, in fact, asked that my de minimis discussions with Michael Cohen,”
For now, the judge directed the government’s so-called taint team to upload the seized evidence onto a database that Mr. Cohen’s lawyers can access.
Mr. Cohen’s lawyers will be able to share any relevant documents with lawyers for Mr. Trump and the Trump Organization.