The FBI raided Cohen's Manhattan home and office last April, marking the first public sign of a criminal investigation that has threatened Trump's presidency and netted Cohen a three-year prison sentence for tax evasion and campaign-finance violations.
The search warrants unsealed Tuesday in Cohen's case offer new insight into how Mueller and his team handed off a key part of the Cohen investigation to federal prosecutors in NY in early 2018, and how much evidence prosecutors already had against Cohen even before they searched his office, home, and hotel room in April of that year. The FBI said there was probable cause to believe that Cohen engaged in conspiracy to defraud the US, make false statements to financial institutions and banks, and acted as an unregistered foreign agent in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. 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. He admitted that he falsely told Congress in 2017 that Trump's company had stopped talks about a potential hotel development in Moscow before the Republican nominating contest in 2016. Prosecutors in NY have since alleged Cohen was charging enormous sums while performing minimal work. The publisher of the supermarket tabloid The National Enquirer, who is a friend of Trump's, paid off McDougal.
The documents show that the special counsel's office was investigating Cohen for allegedly making false statements to a financial institution, and suspected bank and wire fraud - as well as possible money laundering and violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
The warrants show that federal agents sought information from Cohen's Gmail account, as well as an account he set up for his legal and consulting work.
Cohen began working for Trump in 2007.
Federal Bureau of Investigation agents said they located a hotel room in New York's Loews Regency Hotel where Cohen was staying by using a device known as a Triggerfish that mimics cell phone towers to find a specific device.Читайте также: Pogba wants Solskjaer to get permanent Manchester United job
They were released after U.S. District Judge William Pauley on Monday ordered prosecutors to make redacted versions public, in response to requests by news media organizations. Those portions include information surrounding Cohen's campaign finance crimes.
Since pleading guilty, Cohen has publicly repudiated Trump.
Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison by Pauley in December for multiple crimes, including campaign finance violations stemming from payments Cohen made or helped orchestrate in 2016 that were created to silence women who claimed affairs with then-candidate Trump.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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