Attorney for NYT and CNN ‘played pivotal role’ in ‘outing’ Sean Hannity’s relationship with Cohen

If there was any doubt about any collusion going on, actions inside the courtroom during Michael Cohen’s hearing between the judge and a media attorney seem to confirm just that.

Judge Kimba Wood had ordered the disclosure of a client of Cohen’s who had not wanted his identity revealed. Wood was reportedly set to allow President Trump’s personal attorney to submit the name of his third client under seal. The client turned out to be Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

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And while the bombshell hit the airwaves as the story came out, reports from inside the courtroom reveal that Wood changed her mind about keeping Hannity’s identity hidden because of an attorney for CNN and The New York Times.

Natasha Bertrand, a writer for The Atlantic, reported that the attorney “played pivotal role” in convincing the federal judge to reverse course.

“An attorney for the NYT and CNN approached the podium and convinced her that the press (& public) should know. She agreed,” Bertrand tweeted.

According to The New York Times:

The surprise naming of Mr. Hannity took place after several minutes of back and forth among government representatives, members of Mr. Cohen’s legal team and Judge Wood.

Before the name was revealed, Mr. Ryan argued that the mystery client was a “prominent person” who wanted to keep his identity a secret because he would be “embarrassed” to be identified as having sought Mr. Cohen’s counsel.

Robert D. Balin, a lawyer for various media outlets, including The New York Times, CNN and others, interrupted the hearing to argue that embarrassment was not a sufficient cause to withhold a client’s name, and Judge Wood agreed.

After Mr. Hannity was named, there were audible gasps from the spectators.


CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz confirmed what transpired at Monday’s hearing and the change of mind by Wood, a United States District Court judge who was once handpicked by Hillary Clinton to be nominated as attorney general. Wood also officiated the 2013 wedding of leftist billionaire George Soros.

Prokupecz tweeted about the attorney’s influence on Wood’s decision but failed to mention the lawyer was representing his employer.

Twitter users questioned the presence of the media attorney and the tactics used in the courtroom, as well as calling out the liberal media.


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