What's in the Cohen warrant documents

By Brian Ries, Meg Wagner and Amanda Wills, CNN

Updated 4:54 p.m. ET, March 19, 2019
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9:44 a.m. ET, March 19, 2019

Mueller referred Cohen to SDNY in February 2018. The raid happened 2 months later.

From CNN's Erica Orden

Pg. 7 of exhibit 2 establishes that Special Counsel Robert Mueller referred Michael Cohen to federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York on Feb. 8, 2018.

The Cohen raid took place nearly 2 months later to the day, on April 9.  

Here's part of the text:

9:40 a.m. ET, March 19, 2019

Prosecutors tried to ensure attorney-client privilege was protected for Trump and Cohen


Prosecutors outlined how they sought to follow screening procedures to ensure that attorney-client privilege was protected because Cohen was the personal attorney to President Trump, according to page 76 of exhibit 1 of the just-released documents,

This has been an issue that Trump has consistently brought up, saying many times that federal prosecutors "broke into" Cohen’s office. 

Here's what the documents say:

"Additionally, because Cohen is an attorney, and claims to serve as a personal attorney for Trump, the review of evidence seized from the Subject Premises and Subject Devices will be conducted pursuant to established screening procedures to ensure that the law enforcement personnel involved in the investigation, including attorneys for the Government- collect-evidence----in a manner reasonably designed to protect any attorney-client or other applicable privilege. When appropriate, the procedures will include use of a designated "filter team," separate and apart from the investigative team, in order to review potentially privileged communications and determine which communications to release to the investigation and prosecution team.”

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9:34 a.m. ET, March 19, 2019

Mueller extensively tracked computer data of those close to Trump

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz

A federal judge allowed Robert Mueller's investigation to review years of Michael Cohen's emails and other online data from the time he worked under Trump, according to newly unsealed warrants used in his case in Manhattan federal court.

In all, the prosecutors and FBI received permission from a DC-based federal judge to execute four search warrants on Cohen's two Gmail accounts and for stored data in his Apple iCloud account in July, August and November 2017 — long before Cohen decided to plead guilty in an illegal campaign contribution and tax prosecution led by Manhattan federal prosecutors. 

The Mueller warrants looked at emails Cohen sent and received from different sets of dates:

  • From January 2016 through July 18, 2017
  • From June 1, 2015 through Nov. 13, 2017

What this all means: The revelation gives new illumination to Mueller's work throughout 2017 — before he had brought the bulk of his open criminal cases against defendants like former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and a host of Russians for interfering in the election — and shows how extensively Mueller had tracked computer data of those close to the then-candidate and the early days of his presidency.

9:22 a.m. ET, March 19, 2019

Campaign finance materials are redacted

The materials related to the campaign finance contribution scheme are entirely redacted in these multiple hundred pages of documents.

9:21 a.m. ET, March 19, 2019

It was Robert Mueller who first obtained the Michael Cohen search warrants in 2017

From CNN's Shimon Prokupecz 

Special Counsel Robert Mueller first obtained search warrants for three of Michael Cohen’s email accounts starting in the summer of 2017 — before the case was referred to US District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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9:17 a.m. ET, March 19, 2019

The Michael Cohen warrant documents were just released

From CNN's Kara Scannell

Partially redacted search warrant materials pertaining to the April 2018 raid on Michael Cohen's home, office and hotel room were released Tuesday morning.

There are hundreds of pages that have been released.

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 raid.

We're going through them now.