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Re: Michael Cohen

Postby seemslikeadream » Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:30 am

Adam Klasfeld


Good morning from New York.

A federal judge issues his ruling on Jeffrey Epstein’s bail application in court at 11:30 a.m. EDT.

Michael Cohen’s search warrant materials related to a closed campaign-finance probe to be unsealed at 11 a.m.

Covering both live for @CourthouseNews.

You're going to want some background on where things stand in both cases. This story on Epstein's passport has been updated for yesterday's revelations.

https://www.courthousenews.com/epstein- ... ky-assets/

Here's my write-up of Judge Pauley's order to unseal campaign-finance info:


Remember: The search warrant materials were initially unsealed in March--specifically, eight documents and 895 pages.

So, how can reporters sift through them within 30 minutes before other major breaking news?

Only small portions remain redacted, and those will be lifted.

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Some perspective on the Michael Cohen materials:

In the first of eight documents alone, there is an entirely blacked out section titled "The Illegal Campaign Contribution Scheme."

It runs from the bottom of page 38 to the top of page 57.

That section was ordered unsealed.

There are seven documents that may contain similar redactions.

(Giving away my competitive edge here.)

To be clear, that's what WILL hit the public domain. It was allowed to be filed under seal previously.


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Re: Michael Cohen

Postby seemslikeadream » Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:46 am

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NEW: A sealed document has been filed in the Michael Cohen case.
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Re: Michael Cohen

Postby seemslikeadream » Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:06 pm

Exclusive: Michael Cohen is interviewed for probe into Trump Organization
(CNN) — Prosecutors with the New York district attorney's office interviewed Donald Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen in recent weeks as part of their investigation of the Trump Organization's handling of hush money payments, according to people familiar with the matter.

Officials from the district attorney's office, led by Cyrus Vance, interviewed Cohen at the federal prison in Otisville, New York, where he is serving a three-year sentence after pleading guilty to multiple crimes including campaign finance violations tied to payments to two women alleging affairs with Trump a decade ago. Trump has denied having affairs with the women.
The district attorney opened the investigation last month and sent subpoenas to the Trump Organization and American Media Inc. seeking documents and records relating to payments made to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal to silence their allegations ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

The investigation is looking into whether the Trump Organization violated a New York state law involving false business records. Investigators are exploring whether the real estate company falsified its records in describing the reimbursement to Cohen for the payments.
Lanny Davis, a lawyer for Cohen, declined to comment. A spokesman for Vance's office also declined to comment.

Marc L. Mukasey, attorney for the Trump Organization, could not be reached for comment Wednesday. Mukasey previously called the investigation "a political hit job" and added, "It's just harassment of the President, his family and his business, using subpoenas and leaks as weapons. We will respond as appropriate."

The investigation is a sign that legal issues continue to swirl around Trump and his business. House Democrats are suing to obtain the tax and bank records of Trump and his family members. The New York state attorney general has subpoenaed Trump's banks for loan documents relating to certain Trump Organization projects.
The state investigation, which is still in the early stages, began after the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York closed its own probe in July.
Prosecutors met with Cohen shortly after they opened their investigation, according to one of the people familiar with the matter. Cohen is one of several people with knowledge of the payments who would be of interest to investigators, but he has credibility issues for any potential case. Cohen pleaded guilty last year to lying to Congress about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Cohen was the only individual prosecuted as part of the federal investigation. He pleaded guilty to paying $130,000 to Daniels to keep her from going public with her allegation before the election.

American Media Inc., publisher of the National Enquirer, signed a non-prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors for its own role in the hush money scheme. AMI admitted to making a payment of $150,000 in cooperation with some members of Trump's campaign to prevent McDougal's claims of an affair from becoming pubic.
Federal prosecutors alleged that the Trump Organization paid Cohen $420,000 to reimburse him for the $130,000 hush money payment, increasing the amount to cover taxes and a bonus. Cohen was directed to submit monthly invoices and the payments were made in installments of $35,000 over 12 months, according to prosecutors in the Cohen case. The Trump Organization accounted for the fees as legal expenses even though, prosecutors alleged, Cohen did no legal work for the company in 2017. The Trump Organization was not charged with any wrongdoing.
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Re: Michael Cohen

Postby seemslikeadream » Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:06 pm

Michael Cohen expected to be brought to NY to meet with investigators
Here's what prosecutors want to know from Cohen
New York (CNN) — Michael Cohen, the former attorney and fixer for President Donald Trump, is expected to be brought back to New York for a meeting with state prosecutors where he's expected to tell them everything he knows, a law enforcement official tells CNN.

The information, if deemed credible, could result in Cohen testifying before a grand jury, the official said.

This meeting would be the third time Cohen has met with prosecutors and should happen this month, according to the official. It is expected to be held at the district attorney's office in Lower Manhattan with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance's general counsel and the head of the economic crimes bureau, the official said. It is unknown if Vance himself will be there.

Lanny Davis, a lawyer for Cohen, did not immediately return a request for comment. A spokesman for Vance's office declined to comment.

CNN first reported last month that officials from the district attorney's office, led by Vance, interviewed Cohen at the federal prison in Otisville, New York, where he is serving a three-year sentence after pleading guilty to multiple crimes including campaign finance violations tied to payments to two women alleging affairs with Trump a decade ago. Trump has denied having affairs with the women.
Judge dismisses Trump request to keep taxes secret in New York
Prosecutors met with Cohen shortly after they opened their investigation into whether the Trump Organization violated a New York state law involving false business records. Investigators are exploring whether the real estate company falsified its records in describing the reimbursement to Cohen for the payments.

Cohen is one of several people with knowledge of the payments who would be of interest to investigators, but he has credibility issues for any potential case. Cohen pleaded guilty last year to lying to Congress.

Prosecutors are also pushing for Trump's tax records with the theory being that the documents will provide definitive proof of where money has been allocated, unveiling if there was any masking of payments that was a deliberate falsification, the official said. Cohen is not looking to trade information for a lighter sentence, the official said. He is coming forward with information and meeting with officials without any limitations, the official said.
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