FBI's Cohen Raid Was Bigger Than Thought

Agents also searched safety deposit box, cell phones in the 'criminal' investigation
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2018 3:00 PM CDT
Trump Attorney Cohen Under Criminal Investigation
Trump attorney Michael Cohen.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Trump attorney Michael Cohen is indeed under criminal investigation. That might not be a huge shock given that FBI agents raided his office earlier this week, but the Justice Department revealed that fact for the first time in a court document Friday, reports CNN. Cohen “is being investigated for criminal conduct that largely centers on his personal business dealings,” according to the document, though any further details were redacted. Another nugget: The raid turned out to be more extensive than thought, reports ABC News, with agents also searching a safety deposit box and two cellphones, in addition to Cohen's home and office.

All of this came to light as part of a legal fight related to the raid. Attorneys for Cohen and President Trump want to block federal prosecutors from the seized documents until it can be properly determined if any should be shielded by attorney-client privilege. Friday's hearing in Manhattan was pushed into Monday when an attorney hired Wednesday by Trump, Joanna Herndon, requested more time. "He has an acute interest in these proceedings," she said of the president. (More Michael Cohen stories.)

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