On Monday, when it was finally announced that President Donald Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, also represented Fox News host Sean Hannity, it was clear that the channel could soon be facing certain challenges if it made a decision to keep Hannity as a host.
Sean Hannity shares a world view with President Donald Trump and on Monday it was revealed, with some reluctance, that he shares a lawyer, too.
After offering those initial statements on Mr. Cohen, Mr. Hannity returned to Twitter late Monday afternoon to provide more detail, saying that his "de minimis discussions with Michael Cohen" had been "almost exclusively about real estate".
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"The raid sought information about a variety of matters, including a $130,000 payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels".
"The client is a publicly prominent individual", Ryan said, arguing that the then-unnamed person would be "embarrassed" to be identified, but another attorney representing media outlets said that was not enough cause to keep the identity private.
But Judge Kimba Wood ruled his application for a preliminary injunction was premature.
Even if Cohen wanted to disclose the discussions, he would only be allowed to do so if Hannity agreed to it.
On his radio show, Hannity said Cohen was never involved in any matter between him and any third party.
"How did this blow up to be such a big deal?" he asked, adding it was "pretty unbelievable, the world we live in".
In a letter filed with the court last Monday, Cohen's lawyers said that Cohen had a solo law practice and had at least 10 clients during this time. Hannity's connection to Cohen was revealed after the conservative commentator - one of Trump's staunchest defenders - fiercely criticized federal officials for the raids, without disclosing his own connection. Another was a Republican fundraiser who admitted to paying a former Playboy model after she became pregnant during their affair.
"You know, now that we know he was working with Cohen, that looks less like a news show and more like a guy already stressed giving himself a pep talk", Noah said.
Also in the Manhattan federal court was Ms Daniels, whose appearance triggered a scrum from photographers outside. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Cohen also negotiated a deal in 2017 to pay $1.6 million to a woman who said Broidy impregnated her.
"In the highly politicized, even fevered, atmosphere that envelops this matter, it is simply unreasonable to expect that a team of prosecutors, even if not directly involved in the investigation of Mr. Cohen, could perform a privilege review in the manner necessary to safeguard the important interests of the president, as the holder of the privilege", said the filing by Trump's attorney Joanna C. Hendon. McKay stressed that the team of government lawyers who would review the seized material would be "walled off" from their colleagues, like himself, who are pursuing the criminal inquiry against Cohen.
The payoff to Ms Daniels could amount to a campaign finance violation, say legal analysts.