Judge Says SDNY Has Ended Trump Campaign Finance Probe, Orders Michael Cohen Records Unsealed

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As had been reported would occur days ago and is now official.



A federal judge Wednesday confirmed federal prosecutors in New York City ended their investigation into Trump campaign finance violations, which focused on former Trump attorney Michael Cohen and the Trump Organization.

Judge William Pauley confirmed the end of the probe in an order to release the remaining files in the case against Michael Cohen, the former Trump attorney who is serving a three-year prison term for several crimes.

The end of the investigation indicates that no additional Trump Organization executives — a group that includes Donald Trump Jr. — will be charged in the investigation, which was led by attorneys in U.S. attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York (SDNY).

CNN reported earlier in July that prosecutors were winding down their investigation and were planning not to charge anyone else in the investigation.

Pauley’s order Wednesday confirmed the reporting.

“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,” said Pauley, adding that “weighty public ramifications” of the activities described in the materials related to the campaign finance investigation warrants public disclosure.


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Judge Says SDNY Has Ended Trump Campaign Finance Probe, Orders Michael Cohen Records Unsealed
 
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Pauley also said the government must publicly release a status report it filed earlier this week under seal that acknowledges the end of the wider Trump Organization campaign finance probe.

“The campaign finance violations discussed in the Materials are a matter of national importance,” Pauley added. “Now that the Government’s investigation into those violations has concluded, it is time that every American has an opportunity to scrutinize the Materials. Indeed, the common law right of access—a right so enshrined in our identity that it ‘predate(s) even the Constitution itself’—derives from the public’s right to “learn of, monitor, and respond to the actions of their representatives and representative institutions.”

It's unclear who exactly has been under scrutiny in connection with the SDNY campaign finance probe, though Cohen testified to a House committee in February that he had maintained “constant contact” with New York-based federal prosecutors about several ongoing investigations, including probes into Trump.

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However, Nick Akerman, a former SDNY prosecutor, said the judge’s disclosure about the hush money probe’s end doesn’t mean all the matters related to Cohen are also finished. He said there could still be federal investigations into violations at the Trump Organization dealing with tax laws, foreign bribery statutes or other matters.

David Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor based in South Florida, also cautioned that Pauley’s order “simply means that their non-public investigation is over” but it doesn’t mean additional indictments can’t still be filed.

“Presumably, the government will assess the information they have gathered and either continue or end the ongoing grand jury investigation,” he added. Federal prosecutors could also share their information with the New York state attorney general on any parallel investigations.

“As the saying goes, it's not over until they say it is over,” Weinstein said.

Feds’ probe into Trump hush money payments is over, judge says

One has to keep perspective here. It's Trump's DOJ ending an investigation into Trump Organization. There is still a state of New York investigation that's on going.
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HayJenn

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“INDIVIDUAL 1”
Federal prosecutors wrote in December that President Trump coordinated and directed payments that bought the silence of two women who claimed they’d had affairs with him, although they referred to him as “Individual-1.”

Pauley’s order on Wednesday didn’t mention Trump — but made clear that he’s ordering the materials released because he believes the American public has a right to know what their elected officials have been up to.

“Indeed, the common law right of access — a right so enshrined in our identity that it ‘predate even the Constitution itself’ — derives from the public’s right to ‘learn of, monitor, and respond to the actions of their representatives and representative institutions,’” he wrote.

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