A federal judge today ordered Cohen, who is Donald Trump’s personal attorney, to identify his third client — alongside the president and former RNC deputy finance chairman Elliott Broidy. Hannity had wanted to remain anonymous. He’s has been an unabashed supporter of Trump and Cohen on Fox News, without revealing his close ties to the latter.
The FBI last week conducted a no-knock raid on Cohen’s office, apartment and hotel room, seizing documents, emails and more. Cohen is being investigated for possible bank fraud and campaign finance violations. Cohen’s legal team has been trying to seal evidence taken in the raids. At today’s hearing, Judge Kimba Wood challenged them to cite the legal reasons for refusing to name Cohen’s third client.
After word of Hannity’s involvement broke, FNC’s Shepard Smith said on his Fox News show: “For us, the elephant in the room is that Sean Hannity is said to have been a third client of Michael Cohen. Hannity’s producers are working to contact him.” He added, “We’ll report on it when we know the rest of it.”
Meanwhile, Hannity said he would address the “Cohen ordeal” at the end of his program. Colbert obtained a “sneak peek”: