National Security Lawyer Says Redacted Section in Cohen Documents Should Terrify Trump

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July 18, 2017: Federal Bureau of Investigation agents sought and obtained a search warrant from U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell in Washington, D.C., for all emails sent or received from Cohen's Gmail account between January 1, 2016 and July 18, 2017.

Mueller eventually handed off information he'd gained on crimes Cohen had committed to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY, which proceeded to raid Cohen's office in April of 2018. The FBI said there was probable cause to believe that Cohen engaged in conspiracy to defraud the USA, make false statements to financial institutions and banks, and acted as an unregistered foreign agent in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Special counsel Robert Mueller obtained a search warrant for Michael Cohen's email accounts much earlier than previously reported; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports. In November, he entered into a plea deal with the special counsel after admitting to lying in congressional testimony.

According to the court papers, authorities were eyeing Cohen for multiple crimes, including bank fraud and making illegal campaign contributions in the 2016 cycle. Another document says the payments, including from worldwide clients, were for consulting on "issues pending before the Trump administration".

Weeks later, the Federal Bureau of Investigation sought and obtained a search warrant - on or around August 8, 2017 - for communications and records stored in Cohen's iCloud account.

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The documents, which number hundreds of pages, were released as a result of a ruling from federal Judge William Pauley partially granting a request from various media organizations, including CNN, to unseal documents related to the raid on Cohen's home, office and hotel room.

Cohen has since pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations, which he says Trump directed, and other charges.

He is due to start a three-year prison sentence in May.

They located a hotel room in New York's Loews Regency Hotel where Cohen was staying by using a device known as a Triggerfish. Moscow has denied meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

■ Investigators looked closely at Cohen's campaign finance violations, and details of what they found are still being withheld. Trump publicly declared that Cohen would never betray him and chafed at the raid, tweeting "Attorney-client privilege is dead!" Some of the money Cohen allegedly received came from "consulting contracts he'd signed after Trump won office", and involved payments "from companies with strong foreign ties, including a Korean aerospace company and Columbus Nova, an investment management firm affiliated with Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg". Last month, he testified before a U.S. House of Representatives panel, calling Trump a "racist", "conman" and "cheat".