Published: Tue, March 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Judge orders release of Michael Cohen's unsealed search warrants

Judge orders release of Michael Cohen's unsealed search warrants

A few months after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his home and offices in April of past year, Cohen pleaded guilty to a series of charges, including tax and bank fraud, giving false testimony to Congress, and campaign finance violations on behalf of "Client 1". They seized more than four million electronic and paper files as well as multiple electronic devices, but these warrants also show special counsel Robert Mueller's interest into Cohen goes further back than previously known. Columbus Nova, a private equity firm belonging to investor Andrew Intrater, a cousin of Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, signed a $1 million consulting agreement with Cohen. He was ultimately not charged with failing to register as a foreign agent.

Lanny Davis, an attorney for Cohen, said the release of the search warrant "furthers his interest in continuing to cooperate and providing information and the truth about Donald Trump and the Trump organization to law enforcement and Congress". Trump publicly declared that Cohen would never betray him and chafed at the raid, tweeting "Attorney-client privilege is dead!"

Hundreds of pages of redacted search warrants and other documents were unsealed Tuesday per a February ruling by a USA district judge.

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The order by U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III came after nine news organizations sought the release of the information. Not all of the documents were released in an attempt to protect the investigation.

That is because Pauley ordered the government to redact details about Cohen's campaign finance violation after federal prosecutors objected to their release, saying it would jeopardize an ongoing probe. Cohen has since pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations, among other crimes.

The judge said prosecutors can disclose portions of materials related to Cohen's tax evasion and false statements to financial institutions charges, along with Cohen's conduct that did not result in criminal charges. Agents scooped up evidence related to several issues including his relations with foreign entities, his personal business dealings involving taxi medallions, and his payments to Daniels in the weeks leading up to the 2016 presidential election to cover up an alleged affair with then-candidate Donald Trump.

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