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.
More of the iceberg tomorrow? https://t.co/VMDq93PLaF
— Frank Figliuzzi (@FrankFigliuzzi1) July 17, 2019
BREAKING: The unredacted Michael Cohen search warrants describe a series of calls on October 8, 2016 between Trump, Cohen, and Hope Hicks – the purpose of which the FBI says was to keep Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels) from going public with her story – @Tom_Winter reports
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) July 18, 2019
The day after the Access Hollywood video dropped, Cohen received a call from Hope Hicks, the first such call in weeks. Trump joined into it. Hicks and Cohen spoke privately after; immediately after that call, Cohen called Pecker. pic.twitter.com/tPNfuq1Qlu
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) July 18, 2019
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.
The investigation into Trump Org's role in repaying Cohen for hush-money given to women who alleged affairs with Trump has concluded, and a fed judge ordered the release of sealed docs sought by @nytimes, @abc, @associatedpress et. al. by today at 11am. https://t.co/SqK9DK91CZ
— Allie Weintraub (@allie_nicole93) July 18, 2019
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.”