The public may soon learn more about what led to the now infamous raid of President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen.
A New York judge has approved a partially redacted version of the search warrant materials pertaining to the raid of Cohen’s home, office and hotel room for public release on Tuesday.
The documents are being released as a result of a ruling from federal Judge William Pauley partially granting a request from various media organizations, including CNN, to unseal documents related to the April 9, 2018, raid.
In February, Pauley ordered the government to submit redacted search warrant material related to the raid, saying that the redactions are necessary in part because “aspects” of the Cohen investigation continue.
“This court concludes that disclosure of the materials with redactions strikes an appropriate balance between the strong presumption of public access to search warrant materials and the countervailing interests identified by the Government,” Pauley wrote at the time. “In particular, the government represents that aspects of its investigation remain ongoing, including those pertaining to or arising from Cohen’s campaign finance crimes.”
Federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York had previously revealed an “ongoing” grand jury investigation related to the Cohen case as part of their effort to keep the search warrant material in the case sealed.
One of Cohen’s lawyers, Lanny Davis, said in a statement Monday night that the release of the materials related to the raid “only furthers his interest in continuing to cooperate and providing information and the truth about Donald Trump and the Trump Organization to law enforcement and Congress.”
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 designed to silence women who claimed affairs with then-candidate Trump. Cohen is scheduled to report to prison on May 6.