Court filing releases full Michael Cohen warrant documents

Kimberly Dole
July 18, 2019 - 12:34 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A court filing in Manhattan on Thursday released  Michael Cohen's full search warrant documents and related materials.

A redacted version of the document had previously been released and the new filing that was made public contains unredacted portions including those related to campaign finance.

Judge William Pauley ruled that "the campaign finance violations discussed in the Materials are a matter of national importance." 

After prosecutors informed the judge that they had "concluded" their investigation into the Trump Organization relating to Cohen's campaign finance violations, Pauley ordered for those sections to be unredacted CNN reports.

"The weighty public ramifications of the conduct described in the campaign finance portions warrant disclosure," Pauley said.

An ongoing investigation in March, caused the judge to allow the search warrants' sections in realtion to campaign finances to remain sealed.

Over 20 of the nearly 900 pages were redaction under the heading "illegal campaign contribution scheme." although some of the pages contained duplications.

Cohen pleaded guilty to nine federal charges last year including tax fraud, lying to Congress and two campaign finance violations for facilitating hush money payments to former Playboy model Karen McDougal and adult film actress Stormy Daniels, along with two women who alleged affairs with Donald Trump a decade ago.

Trump has denied the affairs and Cohen is currently serving a three-year prison sentence.

A lawyer for Trump, Jay Sekulow, told CNN: "We are pleased that the investigation surrounding these ridiculous campaign finance allegations is now closed. We have maintained from the outset that the President never engaged in any campaign finance violation."

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