It’s still hard to believe that Mueller was able to raid Trump’s lawyer’s office and violate the once treasured attorney-client privilege.
Why did that happen?
Hard to tell. Stormy Daniels. Access Hollywood. Things Cohen did in his past.
One thing seems almost certain. The raid had nothing to do with Russian collusion. You know, that thing that he’s supposed to have been investigating over the past year or so. No evidence of that yet by the way.
On Monday, we learned another interesting wrinkle.
Now, Sean Hannity’s name is being dragged into this mess.
From New York Post:
The mysterious third client of President Trump’s embattled personal lawyer Michael Cohen was revealed Monday as Fox News host Sean Hannity.
Cohen was ordered to appear in court by Judge Kimba Wood and cough up Hannity’s name as part of the investigation into $130,000 in hush money Cohen paid to porn star Stormy Daniels, who allegedly had an affair with Trump in 2006.
Cohen fought against having to reveal the confidential list — all of three clients — as part of a bid to block the feds from reviewing documents that could be protected under attorney-client privilege.
His lawyer Steve Ryan argued — in vain — that the unnamed third client is a “publicly prominent individual” who didn’t want to be associated with the ongoing investigation into Cohen’s business
Hannity has issued a statement.
On Hannity’s radio show, he remarked how “very strange” it was to see the coverage from Fox News in light of the bombshell about their own anchor.
“There’s a part of me that really wants to build this up into something massive and make the media go nuts. I had no idea all these media people like me so much, and now they have to listen to the program.”
Hannity said he’d talk about the Cohen news at some point, but he decided to troll the media and not talk about it right away because “I’ll just keep the media listening because they might learn something.” When he eventually did get to it, Hannity began by explaining the nature of his relationship with President Trump‘s embattled personal lawyer.
“Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter. 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 attorney-client confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third party.”
Seems like much ado about nothing.
Why is it a big deal that Trump's attorney also represented Sean Hannity? It's insanely common for famous and/or rich people to have the same lawyers. The law is a referral business. If you like a lawyer, you recommend them to others. Nothing nefarious about that.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) April 16, 2018
You know the liberal media is salivating at the thought of bringing down Hannity and they’ve been trying and failing to do it for years and years.
Let’s not lose sight of the big story here.
What Mueller did to Cohen should frighten us all.
From Daily Mail:
A famed Harvard legal scholar is raising concerns about the Justice Department’s ability to responsibly handle some documents seized Monday from Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s offices.
Among the scooped-up papers, and lurking on phones and hard drives, is likely to be a cache of material that’s covered by attorney-client privilege.
Prosecutors are not permitted access to those files, and the DOJ’s standard practice is to set up a ‘taint team’ – a group of agents and lawyers not connected to the Cohen case or the special counsel probe into all things Russia – to decide what they can see.
But ‘taint teams don’t work,’ Alan Dershowitz told DailyMail.com on Tuesday, because seizing the material in the first place was a violation of Cohen’s constitutional rights – even if it’s never used in court.