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.
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).
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.
But what does Cohen know about Trump anyhow? 😉
[Moscow 2013: Trump, Cohen, and Trump Tower meeting brokers Goldstone and Agalarov].
Nope. It is illegal to reveal secret Title III criminal surveillance to anyone, including target (Cohen), until warrant expires.
If Giuliani disclosed existence of a federal criminal wiretap of Cohen to Trump before it was publicly reported, he committed a crime.
Investigators can use PR/TT (to/from phone/text/email records) to build conspiracy case, demolish alibis, &—oh yeah—verify Prague.
They require judge to approve order of law enforcement application based on suspicion of involvement in ongoing criminal investigation.
$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.
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.
Enough to do Prague in style.
Mueller questioned Vekselberg & Intrater already.
BTW: ATT confirm wire transfer of $200k.