At issue with the multiple investigations behind Trump and his cohorts is the question of transparency. Will the public get to see the reports? If they will, will parts of the reports be redacted? What exactly will the federal government allow the public to see?
On Monday, a judge ruled the public will get to see at least some information in regards to Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen.
The Washington Post reported:
‘A judge has directed prosecutors to publicly release documents related to the search warrant that authorized last year’s FBI raids on the home and office of President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen.’
The documents will be released publicly on Tuesday. The judge ordered:
‘The Government is directed to file redacted copies of the search warrant materials on the public docket on March 19, 2019.’
This isn’t the first time U.S. District Judge William Pauley III ordered the release of the documents. However, this time around the judge approved the release of the documents with redactions including the censoring of Cohen’s phone number, apartment number, and other personal information.
Back in February, Pauley ruled that the public interest in the documents was enough to warrant the release.
‘The public interest in the underlying subject matter of the Materials – which implicates the integrity of the 2016 presidential election – is substantial.’
Of course, the public interest is substantial! The public wants to know if Trump and his campaign colluded with Russians to win the 2016 presidential election. It’s important to be sure of these things especially when you have an idiot like Trump as president.
What kind of information could these documents reveal? MSNBC reported the affidavits would show what lead to a judge believing there was probable cause for the approval of the search warrant.
‘In the Cohen case, it is possible the search warrant discloses how investigators became aware of two payments to women that Cohen admitted were violations of campaign finance law, what crimes or information investigators had established early in their probe, and what items they sought to search and gather when they executed the warrant last April.’
Part of what will be released will be audio tapes, one of which includes a recording of Trump talking about an affair with a Playboy model.
This all comes after Cohen testified on Capitol Hill back in February regarding his relationship with Trump. He testified under oath that Trump did know about the secret payments made to adult film actress Stephanie Clifford (Stormy Daniels) and others to keep them from going public about their affairs with Trump.
During that testimony, Cohen also called Trump a racist and a conman.
‘I am ashamed that I chose to take part in concealing Mr. Trump’s illicit acts rather than listening to my own conscience. I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is. He is a racist. He is a conman. He is a cheat.’
He didn’t really tell us anything we didn’t already know. However, we heard it straight from Trump’s personal fixer. Now, with the release of the search warrant of Cohen’s properties, we will possibly be able to see indications that Trump did know about the payments and other unsavory acts he has been accused of.
How Trump will react to this news, we’re not sure of. Trump already spent an unhinged weekend on Twitter attacking anyone who will not support him or fall in line behind his bigoted attacks and policies. However, we expect he will become even more unhinged (if that is even possible). By 1 p.m. EST, Trump had already tweeted eight times.