Federal prosecutors have told a judge in New York they have concluded their investigation into campaign finance crimes committed by former lawyer, Michael Cohen.
They’re not bringing any charges to anyone else associated with President Donald Trump and his family — another legal vindication for the embattled 45th president.
The closure of the case is the strongest suggestion yet that prosecutors that Cohen’s hush-money scheme to protect Trump’s reputation during the 2016 presidential campaign was done without Trump or his campaign’s knowledge, which is what the White House has long insisted. Even CNN called the move a “significant victory” for Trump.
U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III made the disclosure in a court filing Wednesday as part of a legal fight over whether to unseal search warrant materials dealing with the investigation.
For months, prosecutors had asked that the documents remain sealed because they were still probing payments Cohen helped orchestrate to two women — porn actress Stormy Daniels and Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal — who claimed to have had affairs with Trump.
Critics claimed Trump had committed campaign finance fraud by directing, and then reimbursing Cohen to make the payments. Trump has claimed his innocence.
While Cohen had pleaded guilty, Trump — as well as executives at the Trump Organization — will remain uncharged.
Prosecutors have informed the court that they’ve concluded the investigation, clearing the way for the release of documents related to the case.
The judge rejected a request by prosecutors to blackout portions of the documents to protect third-party privacy interests, saying the records involved a “matter of national importance.”
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“Now that the Government’s investigation into those violations has concluded, it is time that every American has an opportunity to scrutinize the materials,” Pauley wrote.
He ordered the government to put the search warrant records related to searches of Cohen’s residence and office in the public record by 11 a.m. Thursday.
Pauley said the record should be “unredacted in its entirety” except for limited references in a footnote to an uncharged third-party and the names of law enforcement investigators, references to individuals purportedly engaged in business transactions or contemplated business transactions with Cohen relating to his taxi business.
Pauley said he based his conclusions on a report he received from prosecutors on Monday.
“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 wrote.
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In December, Pauley sentenced Cohen to three years in prison after the longtime personal lawyer to Trump pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations, lying to Congress and other charges.
He began serving the sentence in May.
Trump denied any sexual relationship with Daniels and McDougal and said that any payments made to them were private in nature and not related to his campaign.
The Associated Press contributed to this article