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Michael Cohen arrives at federal court on April 16. Photo: AP/Mary Altaffer

It may have been the appearance of adult film actress Stormy Daniels that filled the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood of the Southern District of New York with spectators Monday. But it was Fox News host Sean Hannity—who wasn’t there—who stole the show at the second hearing in the attempt by Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, to slow down federal prosecutors’ criminal investigation into his activities.

Cohen was ordered April 13 to produce the names and proof of the attorney-client relationships he asserted to the court that justified a temporary restraining order request. But on Monday, talk of a TRO faded as Cohen’s attorneys with McDermott Will & Emery, partners Todd Harrison and Stephen Ryan, shifted their arguments towards the appointment of a special master, at minimum, to handle the process of determining what, if any, privilege was assertable in the documents seized by federal agents a week ago from Cohen’s residences and personal effects.

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Colby Hamilton

B. Colby Hamilton is a litigation reporter for the New York Law Journal and Law.com.

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