Government releases documents from the Cohen hush-money investigation

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Ending a Trump Organization investigation doesn’t mean it’s over by a long shot.

Trump might claims this as a victory but it’s Pyrrhic at best. This was never going to be a slam dunk on the campaign finance violations, because there will be so much more there, there.

Cohen’s conviction will be small potatoes compared to what will eventually come forward, considering the tax fraud, money laundering, state-level charges, and perhaps some old-fashioned hanky-panky.

None the less, the documents (with limited redactions) will be interesting.

Links to documents here.

According to a Wednesday ruling from Manhattan federal Judge William H. Pauley III, “the Government now represents that it has concluded the aspects of its investigation that justified the continued sealing of the portions of the Materials relating to Cohen’s campaign finance violations.”

Pauley ordered that the government release documents from the investigation, including search warrant materials, with limited redactions.

“The campaign finance violations discussed in the Materials are a matter of
national importance,” the order reads. “Now that the Government’s investigation into those violations has concluded, it is time that every American has an opportunity to scrutinize the Materials.”

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CNN reported Friday that the Manhattan US Attorney’s office had approached the end of its investigation of the Trump Organization and wasn’t poised to charge any executives involved in the company’s effort to reimburse Cohen for money he paid to silence one of the women. That payment constituted an illegal campaign contribution, according to prosecutors. Trump has denied the affair allegations.
“The campaign finance violations discussed in the Materials are a matter of national importance,” US District Court Judge William Pauley wrote in his decision. “Now that the Government’s investigation into those violations has concluded, it is time that every American has an opportunity to scrutinize the Materials.”
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