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Judge orders release of Michael Cohen search warrants

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As part of that referral, on February 8, 2018, the special counsel's office turned over relevant emails from its warrants to the NY prosecutors, according to one of the newly unsealed affidavits.

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.

The FBI raided Cohen's Manhattan home and office last April, marking the first public sign of a criminal investigation that has threatened Trump's presidency and netted Cohen a three-year prison sentence for tax evasion and campaign-finance violations.

Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis said in a statement to CBS News that the court-ordered release "only furthers his interest in continuing to cooperate and providing information and the truth about Donald Trump and the Trump organization to law enforcement and Congress".

Judge orders release of Michael Cohen search warrants
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Cohen began working for Trump in 2007. For instance, one warrant sought historical location data for two AT&T cellphones that agents alleged were used in the course of a campaign-finance scheme.

The Renova Group is an industrial holding company run by Viktor Vekselberg, one of seven Russian oligarchs who were slapped with sanctions by the US State Department a year ago in retaliation for the Kremlin's meddling in the 2016 presidential election and other "worldwide malign activity".

The documents are redacted in significant measure.

Cohen has said Trump personally directed him to pay Daniels on the eve of the 2016 presidential election to prevent her account from damaging his chances of winning the White House. He has also admitted to lying to Congress.

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Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison by Pauley in December for multiple crimes, including campaign finance violations stemming from payments Cohen made or helped orchestrate in 2016 that were created to silence women who claimed affairs with then-candidate Trump. Mueller's team then handed over that data to the Manhattan federal prosecutors.

Cohen's first consulting client was Columbus Nova, an investment firm controlled by the Renova Group, based in Zurich, Switzerland, according to an Federal Bureau of Investigation search warrant application tied to last year's raids on Cohen's office, home and hotel room.

Amongst the wealth of information released were details on how investigators sought court permission to use Cohen's face and fingerprints to access his Apple devices, CNBC reported.

Since pleading guilty, he has publicly blamed Trump for his downfall, calling his former boss a con man, a racist, and a cheat.

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Cohen is set to begin serving a three-year prison sentence in NY next month.

In dramatic public testimony to a congressional committee last month, Cohen declared, "I am no longer your fixer, Mr. Trump".

This article was written by Matt Zapotosky, Rosalind Helderman and Devlin Barrett, reporters for The Washington Post.

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