5 things to know about the Michael Cohen search warrant documents

5 things to know about the Michael Cohen search warrant documents

Newly unsealed legal filings said investigators working for Mueller, the special counsel, obtained a search warrant on 18 July 2017 to look into a Gmail account belonging to Cohen, one of Trump's closest advisers for a decade. Information related to a campaign finance contribution scheme is entirely redacted in the documents.

Released months after they were first requested by news organizations, the documents are an early outline of the cases against Cohen, which played out in two separate investigations, one by Mueller's team and another by federal prosecutors in NY.

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.

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 he's scheduled to start serving in May.

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November 7, 2017: The special counsel's office sought and obtained a search warrant from Howell authorizing the "use of pen registers and trap and trace devices" that allowed them to find out who Cohen was calling and receiving calls from.

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Cohen has since pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations, which he says Trump directed, and other charges. The publisher of the supermarket tabloid The National Enquirer, who is a friend of Trump's, paid off McDougal. The agent did not indicate why the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not have access to Cohen's Trump Organization records.

Davis said that the search in April of previous year was conducted on Cohen's home, office, hotel and safety deposit box.

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. The documents show that Mueller's team was reviewing all communications and records from the warrant, specifically related to Cohen's relations with foreign entities and whether he was acting as an unregistered foreign agent.

Redacted details in the documents include personal information about Cohen, and information about several third parties who cooperated in the inquiry.

"Last month, Cohen told a congressional committee that he believes Trump is a racist, a con man and a cheat".

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.