Michael Cohen search warrant and affidavits from 2018 released

Michael Cohen

He is set to begin a three-year sentence in May.

Secret until now, the search warrant applications provided no new information on Trump, for whom Cohen worked for a decade as executive vice president and "fixer" at the Trump Organisation.

Speaking to Law&Crime, Moss said, "given the only truly significant redactions made in the Cohen documents concerned the hush money payments, it is clear that SDNY prosecutors are still contemplating additional indictments that can not yet be made known to the public".

■ Prosecutors were also interested in money that was flowing into Cohen's bank accounts from consulting contracts he signed after Trump won office - and whether he had acted as an unregistered foreign agent.

Among the payments Cohen was believed to have received was $600,000 from AT&T Inc for consulting about "political issues, including net neutrality, the merger between AT&T and Time Warner and tax reform", and $583,333 from an investment firm controlled by Russian businessman Viktor Vekselberg.

But ultimately, as AP notes, Cohen was never charged for "failing to register as a foreign agent".

Cohen directly implicated Trump in the scheme, which involved hush-money payments to women who alleged during the 2016 campaign that they had affairs with Trump.

Davis said that the search in April of previous year was conducted on Cohen's home, office, hotel and safety deposit box. A 19-page blacked out section under the heading, "the Illegal Campaign Contribution Scheme" could be the most damaging for President Trump, according to Bradley p. Moss, a prominent National security lawyer. A federal judge appointed an outside lawyer to review the material before Cohen's prosecutors to exclude any material that was covered by lawyer-client privilege or otherwise should not be shared with investigators.

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Judge William Pauley III ordered that prosecutors make redacted copies of the search warrant and the FBI's search warrant affidavit publicly available, leaving out personal information such as addresses and phone numbers.

In a Tweet, Moss said the president should be "utterly terrified" by the redacted material.

"The documents are important because they allow the public to see first hand why the investigation was initiated and how it was conducted", McCraw said in an email.

Prosecutors had opposed the release, arguing that it "would jeopardize an ongoing investigation and prejudice the privacy rights of uncharged third parties".

Instead, in describing to a federal judge the probable cause they had to investigate Cohen's campaign-finance scheme, investigators write nearly 20 pages of detail that are all redacted.

Mueller was also investigating Cohen for false bank entries, false statement to a financial institution, bank fraud, wire fraud and money laundering, the documents show.

Cohen also pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in statements that concealed the true time frame in which he had sought a real estate development deal for a Trump Tower in Moscow - conversations that continued, contrary to initial claims, well into the Republican presidential primary campaign.

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