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Michael Cohen's mysterious 3rd client was apparently Sean Hannity

President Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has represented three clients over the past year: the president, GOP fundraiser Elliot Broidy, and a third mystery man he refused to name. On Monday, a judge ordered that it be revealed that the third client is Fox News host Sean Hannity.

The revelation comes after The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday night that Cohen used a shell company to pay $130,000 to adult film star Stormy Daniels for her silence on her alleged affair with Trump more than a decade ago, as well as to pay a former Playboy model $1.6 million for her silence about her claim that Broidy got her pregnant. "A Cohen lawyer, Stephen Ryan, had said that the third client, whom Cohen initially would not name, told Cohen over the weekend not to allow his name to get out," Bloomberg reports, just before the judge ordered Hannity to be named publicly.

Cohen has argued that some documents seized in a raid of his office and residences last week are covered by attorney-client privilege and has requested his own lawyers review what was taken. Jeva Lange

Update 4:04 p.m. ET: Hannity denied on Twitter that Cohen has acted on his behalf. "Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter," Hannity wrote. "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." He continued: "I assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third-party."