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Sean Hannity was revealed as Michael Cohen's mystery third client in a Manhattan federal court proceeding today — after the judge ruled that the client's identity must be disclosed. Hannity later denied that Cohen had ever represented him "in any matter."

Why it matters: If Hannity was one of Cohen clients, he failed to disclose that information when covering the Cohen raid on his Fox News program.

"Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter. 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. ... I assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third-party."
— Sean Hannity on Twitter Monday

The backdrop: Cohen was in court today in an attempt to prevent federal prosecutors from accessing documents and electronic devices obtained in a raid of his home and offices last week. In a previous court filing, Cohen said that he had given legal counsel to three clients in the past year, including President Trump and former RNC official Elliott Broidy. The judge revealed Hannity to be the third client on Monday.

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Why it matters: This announcement was predictable, as the election was neither free nor fair and Museveni had no intention of surrendering power after 35 years. But Wine — who posed a strong challenged to Museveni, particularly in urban areas, and was beaten and arrested during the campaign — has said he will present evidence of fraud. The big question is whether he will mobilize mass resistance in the streets.

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 1: Trump’s refusal to believe the election results was premeditated. He had heard about the “red mirage” — the likelihood that early vote counts would tip more Republican than the final tallies — and he decided to exploit it.

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