What's in Those Seized Records? Trump's Biggest New Worry

Stormy Daniels leaves ABC Television Studios

Stormy Daniels leaves ABC Television Studios

The disclosure came as a NY judge disappointed a lawyer for Trump by letting prosecutors proceed with the cataloguing of evidence including multiple electronic devices that were seized in raids while a system is set up to ensure that records protected by attorney-client privilege aren't disclosed to investigators.

Sean Hannity addressed the story everyone was talking about on his show Monday - that he was identified as Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's mystery client. Hannity claimed that Cohen has "never represented me in any matter" and said he has only asked Cohen for legal advice related to real estate. "I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective", Hannity wrote on Twitter.

"I assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third party", he said in a statement.

He added that his questions "almost exclusively" focused on real estate.

Hannity replied that his relationship with Cohen was "minimal". If you never paid the guy, if you were never officially his client, you are not protected.

"I still am struggling not to laugh", Maddow said. "What does matter is that Sean Hannity is out there every day, every night defending Trump and Michael Cohen".

"I understand that, and you should've said that", Dershowitz responded.

"There are some really good journalists at Fox News, how are they feeling right now?" One was Trump. The second one, we learned last week, was Elliott Broidy, a major Republican donor who used Cohen to make $1.6 million payment to a former Playboy Playmate with whom he had allegedly fathered a child.

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Earlier this month, Kimmel and Hannity were embroiled in a feud that played out both on their respective shows and on social media.

Now Cohen's lawyers, however, argued that Hannity was the client and he made sure to tell them to not release his name, that he had paid Cohen, that he had sought legal advice from him in the capacity as a client and lawyer. They're probably just hoping to score points with their Fox News-despising base and get a campaign donation or five to show they're "speaking truth to power".

"Attorney Client privilege is now a thing of the past", Trump tweeted after the raid on Cohen's office.

Kimmel also criticized Hannity's response to the news, in which he said Cohen has "never represented" him.

It's not the first time Hannity and Trump have shared a lawyer, either. "I'm thinking of hiring Michael Cohen as my lawyer because he only has three clients, and apparently he works for free".

The court battle that waged through most of the afternoon was put in motion when Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided Cohen's office, home and hotel room a week ago to search for records connected with certain work on behalf of Trump and in Cohen's own business dealings. Maddow has been a constant critic of the president and his team, and drew 4.1 million viewers when she released Trump's tax returns live on air previous year.

If attorney-client privilege can be so casually breached versus the president of the United States, just how secure do you think it will remain for the rest of us?

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