Apr 16, 2018

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Situational awareness: Netflix beat Wall Street expectations for user growth and revenue. The company added 7.41 million new subscribers, compared to 6.4 million expected. Dive in.

1 big thing: Cohen's 3rd client

Michael Cohen, personal lawyer of Donald Trump, arrives for a court hearing. Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images

Sean Hannity is the mysterious third Michael Cohen client, ending speculation after the FBI raid last week.

  • Backdrop: Cohen was in court today in an attempt to prevent federal prosecutors from accessing documents and electronic devices obtained in the raid.
  • 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.
  • "Before Mr. Hannity’s name was revealed in the courtroom, [Cohen lawyer Stephen Ryan] had argued that the mysterious third client would be 'embarrassed' to be identified as a client of Mr. Cohen’s." [NYT]

What he's saying: "Speaking on his radio show Monday, Mr. Hannity said he hadn’t paid Mr. Cohen legal fees but that 'I might have handed him 10 bucks' and asked for attorney-privilege on certain issues." [WSJ]

"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."
— Hannity statement
2. What you missed
  1. Trump is holding off on sanctions announced yesterday by Nikki Haley that would punish Russian companies that manufactured equipment used by Syria in its alleged chemical weapons attack, per The Washington Post. Highlights.
  2. The big Pulitzer winner: The New York Times, with three prizes for Public Service (the Weinstein reporting), National Reporting (Russia interference) and Editorial Cartooning. List.
  3. There's a race to 5G and the U.S. isn't winning — China and South Korea are, according to a report conducted by research firm Analysys Mason and released today by the wireless industry association. More.
  4. Amazon is suspending plans to sell and distribute prescription drugs and instead will continue to focus on "less sensitive" medical supplies, CNBC reports.
  5. SoftBank is among several possible buyers for newspaper publisher Tronc, Axios' Dan Primack has learned from a source familiar with the situation. More.
1 fun thing

"Domino's, which has been bringing pizzas to doorsteps for more than half a century, will now deliver to the great outdoors," the AP's Joseph Pisani writes.

  • "The pizza chain said Monday that its drivers can meet customers at U.S. beaches, parks and landmarks to hand over pizza, cheesy bread and other food on its menu."
  • "The locations show up in the company's app or website as 'Domino's Hotspots.'"
  • "Franchisees chose the hotspots, including local dog parks and airports. Drivers will pull up to the curb to meet customers, Domino's said, and people can tell the app what they're wearing so they're easier to spot."
Mike Allen