Prosecutors Ordered to Release Redacted Cohen Raid Documents

The public is likely to soon learn more about last April’s FBI raid on the properties of President Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen after U.S. District Judge William Pauley III ordered prosecutors to publicly release Tuesday redacted copies of search warrants and other documents tied to the event, The Hill reported Monday.

Although the documents could reveal more information on the case, they are unlikely to provide many new details about the campaign finance violation to which Cohen pleaded guilty that stem from payoffs he made to women who alleged they had affairs with Trump prior to the 2016 election.

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.

The government had also argued disclosure would infringe on the privacy rights of uncharged third parties, according to the New York Post.

Last month, after news organizations petitioned for their release, Pauley ordered the partial release of copies of search warrants, warrant applications, supporting affidavits, and riders connected to the raid.

In addition to pleading guilty in August to violating campaign finance law, Cohen also plead guilty to tax and bank fraud, as well in November to lying to Congress about efforts to open a Trump Tower in Moscow, the Washington Examiner reported.

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

via newsmax


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