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Sean Hannity was Michael Cohen’s mystery client

Posted by on Apr. 16, 2018 at 3:25 PM
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A federal judge forced President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen to reveal the identity of a secret client. It’s Fox News host and Trump ally Sean Hannity.

Cohen was trying to protect Hannity’s name as part of a lawsuit he filed to prevent the FBI from searching through the documents agents took on April 9 during a raid on Cohen’s office and hotel room.

On Friday federal judge Kimba Wood, who is presiding over Cohen’s lawsuit, told Cohen’s lawyers that she wanted a list of Cohen’s clients to make a decision on whether to stop the FBI from reviewing the seized materials.

In a Monday morning court filing, Cohen’s lawyers revealed two of the three clients that Cohen had between 2017 and 2018 but refused to name the third.

On Monday afternoon, during a hearing, Wood rejected the plea from Cohen’s team and demanded to be told who the third client was.

“I understand that he doesn’t want his name out there, but that’s not enough under the law,” Wood said.

After a back and forth in which Cohen’s lawyers offered to tell the judge confidentially, they gave in and announced the unnamed client was Hannity.

Hannity confirmed the news after Cohen’s team announced his name.

“I have sought legal advice from Michael,” he said in a statement.

The other two clients to whom Cohen provided legal advice since Trump took office are Trump and Elliott Broidy, according to Monday morning’s court filing.

Wood had yet to rule on whether the FBI would be allowed to go through the documents when she demanded Hannity’s name.

https://www.vox.com/2018/4/16/17244100/sean-hannity-michael-cohen-mystery-client


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tiafez
by Silver Member on Apr. 16, 2018 at 3:27 PM
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but but but 

cynnie22
by Gold Member on Apr. 16, 2018 at 3:29 PM

Just an FYI:

Elliott Broidy is an American venture capitalist, Republican fundraiser, and philanthropist. From 2005 to 2008 he was finance chairman of the Republican National Committee. 

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A major donor with close ties to the White House resigned on Friday as deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee after the revelation that he had agreed to pay $1.6 million to a former Playboy model who became pregnant during an affair.

The deal was arranged in the final months of 2017 by President Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer, Michael D. Cohen.

Under the terms of the deal, the Republican donor, Elliott Broidy, would pay the woman in installments over the course of two years, and she would agree to stay silent about their relationship, two people with knowledge of the arrangement told The New York Times. The deal was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

The agreement with Mr. Broidy is the latest instance to come to light of Mr. Cohen’s involvement in efforts to suppress negative information. On Monday, as part of a wide-ranging federal inquiry into Mr. Cohen’s activities, the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the lawyer’s Manhattan office and hotel room. The F.B.I. was seeking, among other things, business records, emails and documents relating to Mr. Cohen’s role in paid confidentiality agreements during the presidential campaign with two other women, who said they had had sexual relationships with Mr. Trump.

One of the women, a former Playboy model named Karen McDougal, sold the rights to her story for $150,000 to American Media Inc., the publisher of The National Enquirer. The other woman, Stephanie Clifford, a pornographic film actress known as Stormy Daniels, received a payment of $130,000 that Mr. Cohen said came out of his own pocket.

Both of the women were represented by Keith M. Davidson. Mr. Davidson also represented the woman in the agreement Mr. Cohen struck on behalf of Mr. Broidy, further establishing a pattern of collaboration between the lawyers in striking for-pay accommodations to silence women’s allegations about powerful men.

The deal involving Mr. Broidy was not known to be a subject of the federal investigation. It is unclear whether the F.B.I. has scrutinized Mr. Davidson, who is no longer representing the former Playboy model. Her new lawyer is Peter K. Stris, who also now represents Ms. McDougal.

The model involved in the deal with Mr. Broidy is Shera Bechard. In a statement, Mr. Stris said she was “deeply distressed” that the arrangement had been revealed. Though Mr. Stris did not say whether she was challenging the deal, he accused Mr. Cohen and Mr. Davidson of “profoundly disturbing and repeated collusion.”

In his statement, Mr. Broidy apologized to his wife and family while acknowledging the affair. He said that “she alone decided that she did not want to continue with the pregnancy, and I offered to help her financially during this difficult period.”

He lamented that the issue had become a national news story, which he attributed to the publicity surrounding the federal investigation of Mr. Cohen. He said that the lawyer “reached out to me after being contacted by this woman’s attorney, Keith Davidson,” and that he hired Mr. Cohen after Mr. Cohen “informed me about his prior relationship with Mr. Davidson.”

In fact, the contract in Ms. Bechard’s case included the same aliases that were used in the 2016 contract with Ms. Clifford — “David Dennison” and “Peggy Peterson” — according to a person familiar with it.

A spokesman for Mr. Davidson said he could not confirm or deny the details of the agreement. In a statement, Mr. Davidson said, “I’ve always acted in my client’s best interest, and appropriately in all matters.”

Mr. Cohen declined to comment.

Mr. Davidson’s relationship with Mr. Cohen forms part of the basis for a lawsuit Ms. McDougal has filed seeking to get out of her contract with A.M.I.; The Enquirer never ran her story after buying it in August 2016.

In the lawsuit, she contends that Mr. Cohen played a secret role in the negotiations for that deal, though he had no formal reason to be involved, given that the talks were between Ms. McDougal and the tabloid media company. The Times reported earlier this year that Mr. Cohen and Mr. Davidson discussed the deal the day before Ms. McDougal signed the contract.

Mr. Broidy was a national deputy chairman of the R.N.C.’s finance committee, a title he shared with Mr. Cohen, who remains in that role. Mr. Broidy is the second member of that committee to resign this year amid questions involving their behavior with women and deals to silence them. In January, the casino magnate Stephen Wynn stepped down from the committee’s chairmanship after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against him, one resulting in a settlement of $7.5 million.

Mr. Broidy was a major fund-raiser for former President George W. Bush, but he is particularly connected in Mr. Trump’s orbit.

He got his start in business as an accountant and then as an investment manager for Glen Bell, the founder of Taco Bell. He was a vice chairman of Mr. Trump’s inaugural committee, has met frequently with top White House officials and had an Oval Office meeting with the president in October, according to documents obtained by The Times.

During the wide-ranging October meeting, Mr. Broidy raised numerous topics high on the agenda of the United Arab Emirates, a country that has given his security company a contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars. He pitched the president on a paramilitary force his company was developing for the U.A.E. and urged Mr. Trump to fire Rex W. Tillerson, then the secretary of state, who the U.A.E. believed was insufficiently tough on its rival Qatar.

The documents show that Mr. Broidy has worked closely with George Nader, an adviser to the U.A.E. and a witness in the special counsel’s investigation, to help steer Trump administration policy on numerous issues in the Middle East. Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, is examining Mr. Nader’s possible role in funneling Emirati money to finance Mr. Trump’s political efforts. There is no indication that Mr. Mueller’s team is looking into Mr. Broidy.

In 2009, Mr. Broidy pleaded guilty to charges that he made nearly $1 million worth of illegal gifts to New York State officials in order to win an investment of $250 million from the state’s public pension fund. Among the gifts were trips to Israel and Italy, payouts to officials’ relatives and girlfriends and an investment in one relative’s production of a low-budget movie called “Chooch.”

M4LG5
by Gold Member on Apr. 16, 2018 at 3:29 PM
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I wonder what Cohen "fixed" for him.

hmmmmmm..............

caito
by Silver Member on Apr. 16, 2018 at 3:29 PM

lmaoooooooooo omg

cynnie22
by Gold Member on Apr. 16, 2018 at 3:32 PM

Can't help but wonder what kind of hush money Cohen paid off for Hanity.   Probably has to do with his "behavior with women and deals to silence them."

billsfan1104
by on Apr. 16, 2018 at 3:33 PM
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I dont see anything wrong here.  Its not like any of you will know why he was a client or what the reasons were for.  That would be violating his rights ten fold. 

cynnie22
by Gold Member on Apr. 16, 2018 at 3:33 PM
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I just googled to see if Sean Hannity is married.  Yep, someone actually married the guy.  LMAO.  I wonder how long that marriage is going to last now...or maybe they have an open "just don't embrass me" arrangement.  

Quoting M4LG5:

I wonder what Cohen "fixed" for him.

hmmmmmm..............


cynnie22
by Gold Member on Apr. 16, 2018 at 3:34 PM
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Oh I think we can all take a guess or too considering the behavior of Cohen's other clients.  Seems like Cohen has a certain specialty.  

Quoting billsfan1104:

I dont see anything wrong here.  Its not like any of you will know why he was a client or what the reasons were for.  That would be violating his rights ten fold. 


M4LG5
by Gold Member on Apr. 16, 2018 at 3:34 PM
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ohhhhh......It's a "woman in the shadows" kind of deal. 

Quoting cynnie22:

I just googled to see if Sean Hannity is married.  Yep, someone actually married the guy.  LMAO.  I wonder how long that marriage is going to last now...or maybe they have an open "just don't embrass me" arrangement.  

Quoting M4LG5:

I wonder what Cohen "fixed" for him.

hmmmmmm..............



Widowmaker99
by on Apr. 16, 2018 at 3:35 PM
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What find of person needs things "fixed"
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