President Donald Trump’s embattled personal attorney Michael Cohen has been under fire since news of the alleged Stormy Daniels affair broke and he was identified as the person who paid her $130,000 in “hush money.” He has been named as being involved with other instances of hush money payments, including a payment plan of more than $1.5 million to a Playboy playmate who allegedly became pregnant after an affair with a top GOP fundraiser.
Despite the White House’s assertions that President Trump was not involved with either Stormy Daniels or Playboy playmate Karen McDougal (who received $150,000 from the parent company of The National Enquirer for the exclusive rights to her story), FBI agents raided the offices of the president’s personal attorney Michael Cohen on April 9 in search of information that would prove there was fraud regarding these payouts.
Cohen was ordered to appear before United States District Judge Kimba Wood after he requested that his attorneys be given the chance to review FBI-seized documents before anyone else to determine if the attorney-client privilege would be implicated.
In a letter sent to the court on Monday, Cohen’s legal team revealed that he had three clients from 2017-2018 for whom Mr. Cohen’s “work was more direct legal advice or dispute resolution–more traditional legal tasks,” Two of the clients were named as President Trump and Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy, but the letter stated, “The third legal client directed Mr. Cohen to not to reveal the identity publicly.”
As part of that hearing on Monday, Judge Wood pressed Cohen’s attorney Stephen Ryan to reveal the name of the mystery client. Ryan revealed Fox News host Sean Hannity as the client.