Attorney for CNN, New York Times, convinced liberal judge to name Hannity as ‘client’ of Michael Cohen

On Tuesday, Twitchy reported an interesting tidbit on the hearing in which federal judge Kimba Wood ordered the outing of Sean Hannity as a “client” of Trump attorney Michael Cohen.  According to the report, Wood made her decision after being convinced to do so by an attorney for CNN and the New York Times.

“A note about this: Judge Wood was prepared to let Ryan give her the name of Cohen’s third client under seal. At that point, an attorney for the NYT and CNN approached the podium and convinced her that the press (&public) should know. She agreed. He played pivotal role here,” tweeted the Atlantic’s Natasha Bertrand.

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“Robert Balin is the attorney’s name. Thanks everyone who commented with it!” she added.

CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz confirmed the “under seal” part of the report but refused to confirm that Balin is an attorney for CNN.

“I was in court yesterday and if it wasn’t for the attorney representing the press, Sean Hannity’s name would have been filed under seal. Judge Kimba Wood was ready to accept the name under seal, when the attorney representing the press stood up and argued successfully against it,” he tweeted.

The New York Times confirmed that Balin works for CNN and the NYT:

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.

The liberal media has since viciously attacked Hannity, but apparently had no problem with the role played by an attorney working for various liberal media outlets.

Hannity, meanwhile, has hit back, saying he is not a client of Cohen’s, but has sought legal advice and perspectives on issues like real estate.

“So liberal attorneys are now colluding with liberal judges against conservatives,” Jim Hoft said at the Gateway Pundit.  “Good to know.”


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