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" -- Unknown

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

So, Who Did Cohen Pay Off for Hannity?

A Fox News host is the mystery third client of US President Donald Trump's lawyer, a court has heard.

A judge ruled that Michael Cohen, the president's personal attorney, must reveal the link to Sean Hannity.
Just before Monday's hearing, Mr Cohen said in a statement that he had only provided advice to three clients in the past year.
Cohen worked for only three clients in the past year? How the hell does a functioning law practice survive with three clients.[1] So Cohen has to be doing more, a lot more, than practicing law. That may be part of why he was raided last week.

Still, Cohen's law practice, going by what we know of his other two clients, has been funneling large payoffs to women on behalf of a few wealthy men seeking to keep their dalliances quiet. Which leads to the question that is the title of this post.
[1] Tom Hagan had one client.


Anonymous said...

if Cohen is part of a law firm, the other partners may be bringing in enough to pay out to the entire firm a reasonable base salary. there's also the fact Cohen is working with guys who are worth millions of dollars (supposedly) so he can bill them more than the standard hourly rates.

Stewart Dean said...

#1 From what I understand, he really isn't part of a law firm
#2 Can a "lawyer" invoke lawyer-client confidentiality privilege if he only has two clients (Hannity doesn't count)? Just one client? At some point, the "lawyer" is not so much a lawyer and working within the law with his client as he is a fixer, operative or contractor of that one or two person(s). The lawyer is no longer a representative of the legal system whose services advise/guide/protect the client, but a representative of that person....who is not really a client, but an employer.

Stewart Dean said...

Why Hannity doesn't count (and from the horse's ass): "Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter. I never retained him, received an invoice, or paid legal fees. I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective. I assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third party."
So where is the line between lawyer and operative? Or is there none?

CenterPuke88 said...

Stewart, reading into the privilege, Trump’s statement alone about Cohen being his personal attorney covers most of the bases for establishing a valid attorney-client relationship and therefore the privilege. However, since Donnie can’t keep his mouth shut, it’s likely that the privilege will not protect a lot of things as items disclosed to a third party/parties can result in a no privilege situation for communications on that matter. Basically, anytime Pee Brain spread the word on stuff, he possibly invalidated his protections on those matters. What I can’t figure is how the Stormy NDA will play into this...Donnie’s alias is on the document, prepared by his self-admitted attorney, and provided to a non-attorney third party. Don’t really understand how that plays out, but I’m sure Comrade can school us up.

Comrade Misfit said...

That's the thing: Attorney-client privilege only is good if the client keeps their yap shut. If the client goes around telling people about what was said to the lawyer, then the privilege is destroyed.