* Philip Bump, Devlin Barrett, and Beth Reinhard report that the mystery of Michael Cohen’s third client has been solved:
President Trump’s personal attorney Michael D. Cohen did work for Fox News commentator Sean Hannity in the last year, one of just three legal clients Cohen represented after leaving his post as a counsel for Trump’s private company in early 2017, his attorney told a federal judge Monday.
Cohen’s work for Hannity was revealed during a court hearing in Manhattan Monday and confirmed by a source familiar with the relationship. Cohen also did legal work for the president and GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy in the last year, his attorney told the court.
Hannity said Monday that he occasionally turned to Cohen when he had legal questions, but that he never paid him to be his attorney.
“Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter,” the conservative commentator wrote on Twitter. “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 added.
I’m not sure why, if that’s true, Cohen would be able to say this is an attorney-client relationship. But it’s pretty hilarious that everyone associated with Michael Cohen now has to say Just to be clear, Cohen never negotiated hush money for any porn stars or Playboy models on my behalf.
* Philip Rucker, Carol D. Leonnig, Anton Troianovski. and Greg Jaffe report that policy-making in the Trump administration continues to be careful, considered, and not subject to the whims of a toddler:
President Trump on Monday put the brakes on a preliminary plan to impose additional economic sanctions on Russia, walking back a Sunday announcement by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley that the Kremlin had swiftly denounced as “international economic raiding.”
Preparations to punish Russia anew for its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government over the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria caused consternation at the White House. Haley had said on CBS News’s “Face the Nation” that sanctions on Russian companies behind the equipment related to Assad’s alleged chemical weapons attack would be announced Monday by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
But Trump conferred with his national security advisers later Sunday and told them he was upset the sanctions were being officially rolled out because he was not yet comfortable executing them, according to several people familiar with the plan.
The upside for Haley is that when she runs for president she can tell this story to show that she and Trump never got along.
* An Emerson College poll in the special election for a vacant House seat in Arizona shows a dead heat, in a district Trump won by 21 points.
* A Monmouth University poll shows that Democrats have a chance to take back all five of the House seats Republicans now hold in New Jersey. Why? Because in those five Republican districts, Trump’s approval is 43-53.
* Data for Progress has a new report showing that in Virginia where lawmakers are debating accepting the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, voters overwhelmingly support it in every state legislative district.
* John Harwood reports that a new NBC poll finds that only 27 percent of Americans think the GOP tax law is a good idea, which is awesome given that it is the centerpiece of the GOP plan to hold the House.
* Jared Bernstein clears up the facts on work requirements for social programs.