Did Sean Hannity Learn About Attorney-Client Privilege From 'Breaking Bad'?

Trump attorney Michael Cohen in court as lawyers wrangle over last week's raid

In open court on Monday, Michael Cohen's attorney revealed that one of the three clients Cohen has done legal work for - only three?

But Judge Kimba Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY, rejected the request, ruling that a "taint team" set up by prosecutors to filter out privileged documents is a "viable option", while a "special master" - a court-appointed outside lawyer - may have "a role here". But Judge Wood ruled that the lawyers must disclose Hannity's name. The government argued that since Cohen doesn't have "a lot" of clients there should be no privilege.

The only answer I can think of is that Cohen liked the idea of being so closely tied to such a prominent person as Hannity.

Dershowitz said "you had the right, by the way, not to have your identity be revealed", and Hannity agreed: "I have the right to privacy".

Among those expected to attend a hearing at the federal district court in Manhattan is Stormy Daniels, the adult-film star who claims she had sex with Trump in 2006 and took a $130,000 hush payment shortly before the 2016 election.

"They describe the documents as thousands, if not millions, of pages of documents subject to the attorney-client privilege, including audio recordings", said Avenatti, concluding, "this is going to get very, very bad for Michael Cohen". "I never paid a legal fee". "I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective".

Hannity waited until the last five minutes of his TV show to discuss the issue, after showing clips of his name being said on rival television networks dozens of time.

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"I really think that you should have disclosed your relationship with Cohen when you talked about him on this show", said Dershowitz with the look of a man who just swallowed a grenade. "Something like that. I requested that privilege with him when I would ask him: 'Well, this just came up".

Fox News has yet to comment on questions regarding Hannity's relationship with Cohen.

"As to the one unnamed legal client, we do not believe that Mr. Cohen should be asked to reveal the name or can permissibly do so", the letter said.

This implies that he did not disclose his Cohen connection to management, possibly running afoul of Fox policy.

Which Hannity knows. On his radio show, while making the same wispy denials as in his tweets, he made perfectly clear that in the context of that privilege he was not only Cohen's client but was insistent on having had privileged communications with him.

It's worth noting that Daily News rival the New York Post, a corporate cousin of Fox News in Rupert Murdoch's sprawling media empire, did not call attention to the Hannity scandal on its front page this morning. He explained that their conversations never involved any "third party" and were focused on real estate.

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