Federal prosecutors on Thursday submitted redacted search warrant materials in Michael Cohen’s case to Judge William Pauley III. Pauley will now review and sign off on the requested redactions before making the materials publicly available.
The U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York noted in its letter that details like Cohen’s phone numbers and safety deposit number are redacted to protect Cohen’s privacy.
Pauley ordered that the search warrant materials be made public at the request of publications including the New York Times and Associated Press, who cited the intense public interest in Cohen’s case.
Pauley said that releasing a redacted version was the appropriate path, cautioning that complete disclosure “would reveal the scope and direction of the Government’s ongoing investigation” and “unveil subjects of the investigation and the potential conduct under scrutiny.”