Jimmy Kimmel mocks 'my pal' Sean Hannity after lawyer bombshell

"And let me be very clear to the media: Michael never represented me in any matter, I never retained him in the traditional sense for retaining a lawyer, I never received an invoice from Michael, I never paid legal fees to Michael".

"I never gave him a retainer".

Hannity's denial fatally undermined any credible claim by Cohen that their communications were protected from disclosure by the attorney client privilege. "You could have said that you had asked him for advice or whatever, but I think it would have been much, much better had you disclosed that relationship". "I think Sean Hannity misled his audience and he should apologize to his viewers".

The wild legal show continued to play out Monday, at a court hearing in NY before a federal judge who is considering what to do with the material that the FBI seized from Cohen. Cohen came under scrutiny after he acknowledged paying $130,000 to porn actress Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 election so she would keep quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump.

Last week's raids came after a "months-long" investigation of possible crimes related largely to Cohen's business dealings, rather than his work as a lawyer, prosecutors have said. He also said his talks with Cohen "almost exclusively focused on real estate". I did have occasional, brief conversations with Michael Cohen, this great attorney, about legal questions I had. When explaining that two different Playboy playmates were involved in the legal showdown, Colbert said, "I'm just glad Hef isn't alive to see his life's work dragged through the filth like this", in reference to Playboy's late founder, Hugh Hefner. They initially declined to reveal the name of the third client, but Judge Kimba Wood forced Cohen's legal team to reveal the name in open court, saying "I understand he doesn't want his name out there".

During the show, Mr. Hannity described the F.B.I. raid, adding, "Now, what that means is Mueller's witch-hunt investigation is now a runaway train that is clearly careening off the tracks".

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Many in the White House view the aftershocks of the Cohen raid as potentially more threatening than Mueller's Russian Federation probe, fearful of what skeletons may be in the lawyer's closets, according to five officials and outside allies who all spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. Cohen's attorney only shared Hannity's identity after a judge ordered him to. Five years later, she presided over the Cohen hearing in which Hannity was named as his client.

But she also said that to help ensure fairness and the perception of fairness, "a special master might have some role here".

They asked to review the documents before they'd be released but the judge said no and instructed prosecutors to build a searchable database of the documents, without examining their contents. "Because right now you're just making faces", Colbert said in the exaggerated video, poking fun at the ABC trailer.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is not a party to the litigation brought by Cohen and Trump over the search warrants executed last week, but she and attorney Michael Avenatti attended the hearing Monday.

"My attorney and I are committed that everyone finds out the truth and the facts of what happened, and I will not rest until that happens", she said.

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