Court Unseals Records on Probe Into Michael Cohen

Federal prosecutors in New York on Thursday revealed details concerning why the FBI carried out raids on President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen before he was ultimately charged and convicted of campaign finance violations and other crimes.

The revelation came in the form of unsealed search warrant documents, after Judge William H. Pauley III ordered the government to publish the materials on the public docket. The same judge recently revealed the investigation itself is closed, prompting Trump’s legal team to hail the end of the probe into what they called “ridiculous” allegations.

The fact that the investigation has now ended, and the judge deemed it appropriate to unseal the documents, makes it likely that no other charges are coming related to the matter. Sources told The Associated Press on Thursday that no additional charges are planned.

The newly unsealed documents, meanwhile, showed details of communications between Cohen, Trump, executives at National Enquirer publisher American Media, Inc. and others that the FBI believes pertained to the orchestration of a $130,000 hush payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford). Trump has denied knowledge of the payments.

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