Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen disclosed Monday that he’s had 10 clients in his solo practice since 2017, including the president and GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy, but the attorney declined to name eight other clients in response to a judge’s order.
Cohen’s attorneys said he had three legal clients in the past year, including Trump, former Republican National Committee finance co-chair Broidy, and a third person who "indicated that they did not authorize their name to be publicly filed in connection with this matter and directed Mr. Cohen to appeal any order to disclose their name."
For the seven other clients, who Cohen’s attorneys also did not name, "the work appears to be providing strategic advice and business consulting," his lawyers wrote in a filing made public Monday.
Cohen is scheduled to appear later Monday at a hearing to determine whether a judge will allow federal prosecutors to through materials the FBI seized from Cohen’s home and office in raids last week. Cohen has come under scrutiny since he acknowledged paying $130,000 to adult film actress Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 election in exchange for her agreement to keep quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump years earlier.
Cohen’s attorneys want an independent reviewer to look over the documents seized in the raids to determine whether any of the material is protected by attorney-client privilege.
His attorneys argued last week that there were "thousands if not millions" of privileged documents among the materials seized in the FBI raids. District court Judge Kimba Wood of the Southern District of New York ordered Cohen’s attorneys to provide the list of Cohen’s clients in order to back up that assertion.