Mueller accessed Cohen emails within weeks of taking over Russian Federation inquiry

Mueller accessed Cohen emails within weeks of taking over Russian Federation inquiry

The massive trove of files, pertaining to the government's search warrants, showed that federal investigators obtained a warrant for emails from Cohen's Gmail account "on or around July 18, 2017".

The FBI said there had been "probable cause" to believe Cohen had committed campaign finance violations and it received a warrant for emails sent and received between June 2015 and February 2018, according to court documents. The emails that were obtained and reviewed were dated between January 1, 2016 and July 18, 2017.

In July of 2017, agents working for Mueller obtained warrants to search Cohen's communications just two months into Mueller's appointment as the head of the Russian Federation probe.

Weeks later, the Federal Bureau of Investigation sought and obtained a search warrant - on or around August 8, 2017 - for communications and records stored in Cohen's iCloud account.

A judge allowed the redaction of sections in the documents dealing with campaign finance violations after prosecutors told the judge they were still investigating. The documents also revealed that Robert Mueller's team were granted permission to review years of Michael Cohen's emails and online data during his time working for Donald Trump.

The documents unsealed Tuesday show that Mueller was investigating Cohen until February 2018, before turning the case over to prosecutors with the Southern District of NY.

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Cohen directly implicated Trump in the scheme, which involved hush-money payments to women who alleged during the 2016 campaign that they had affairs with Trump.

March 7, 2018 is the same day news outlets, including the New York Times, reported Cohen had obtained a restraining order against Stormy Daniels.

Cohen, who has been criticized for his unregistered foreign contacts and relationships, was never charged with failing to register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Columbus Nova, a private equity firm belonging to investor Andrew Intrater, a cousin of Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, signed a $1 million consulting agreement with Cohen.

Trump's former personal lawyer and "fixer" also kept the income hidden from two banks with which he was renegotiating payments on $20 million in loans for the purchase of 32 taxi medallions after their value plummeted due to competition from Uber and other ride-hailing services, the court papers say.

A few months after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his home and offices in April of a year ago, Cohen pleaded guilty to a series of charges, including tax and bank fraud, giving false testimony to Congress, and campaign finance violations on behalf of "Client 1".

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