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FBI search warrant on Michael Cohen includes 34 taxi medallions owned by Cohen via 17 LLCs—medallions are a cash business.

Apr17: Cohen medallion mgr Evgeny Freidman owes $5 million in taxi taxes.
Aug17: NY has active unpaid taxi tax warrants on Cohen seeking $40,000.
Has it occurred to anyone that Michael Cohen does not legally represent Trump via contract agreement or retainer?

Michael Cohen, J.D. was on business development team at Trump Org—not legal team.

No legal representation = no attorney-client privilege.

Feds argued there is no attorney-client privilege for Cohen because Trump fielded a couple of question about Stormy Daniels civil case last week (5April18).
Trump associates upon learning there was a COVERT warrant on Michael Cohen's email accounts as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.

PS: No emails between Cohen & Trump or any law client were found (time-period unknown).

Cohen's lawyers charge into court w/ this gem: "The references to Mr. Cohen in the Steele Dossier are false and have been completely debunked."

They missed McClatchy reveal of Cohen in Prague 2016 by a few hours.
Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti predicts Michael Cohen will be indicted & flip on Trump within 90 days.

But what does Cohen know about Trump anyhow? 😉

[Moscow 2013: Trump, Cohen, and Trump Tower meeting brokers Goldstone and Agalarov].
Time to review Title III wiretap warrants & the high-bar of probable cause required to obtain one for any US citizen, let alone an associate of President Trump like Michael Cohen.
Giuliani—a former US Attorney for SDNY who signed off on 1,000s of wiretaps—says Feds should have informed Trump his calls w/ Cohen were intercepted.

Nope. It is illegal to reveal secret Title III criminal surveillance to anyone, including target (Cohen), until warrant expires.
Giuliani told Trump not to call Michael Cohen when he joined Trump legal team (19Apr18).

If Giuliani disclosed existence of a federal criminal wiretap of Cohen to Trump before it was publicly reported, he committed a crime.
A downgrade from Wiretap to Pen Register/Trap & Trace is as far from a win for Michael Cohen as Trump is from reality.

Investigators can use PR/TT (to/from phone/text/email records) to build conspiracy case, demolish alibis, &—oh yeah—verify Prague.
Pen Register & Trap Trace orders don't require a warrant (probable cause) because they are not technically a "search"—no 4th Amdt protection.

They require judge to approve order of law enforcement application based on suspicion of involvement in ongoing criminal investigation.
There's your quid pro quo.

$500k from US *sanctioned* Russian oligarch, Viktor Vekselberg...

Into the bank account of Michael Cohen via Columbus Nova LLC...

During Trump Transition (Oct to Dec 2017).

Prima facie illegal act for Cohen: Bank Secrecy Act.
This isn't just a Trump problem, it's a GOP problem.

Vekselberg/Intrater, etc Russian oligarchs who funneled off-the-books money to Michael Cohen also gave over $10 million to GOP organizations/RNC. Including over $250k to Trump Inauguration Committee.
"From October 2016 through January 2018, Mr. Cohen used his First Republic account to engage in suspicious financial transactions totaling $4,425,033.56."

Enough to do Prague in style.

Mueller questioned Vekselberg & Intrater already.

BTW: ATT confirm wire transfer of $200k.
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