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Southern District used new law — signed by Trump — to get Michael Cohen's emails

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Federal prosecutors began investigating Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, much earlier than previously reported -- and used a law the president signed weeks earlier to gain access to Cohen's emails, according to newly released court documents.

The documents show that Cohen, who has been sentenced to three years in prison on multiple charges of fraud, campaign finance violation and perjury, was under investigation by the FBI as early as July 2017, nine months before agents raided his home and office last April.

The documents show that special counsel Robert Mueller’s team obtained four search warrants for Cohen’s emails and iCloud account before referring much of the investigation to the U.S. attorney's office in the Southern District of New York in February of 2018.

That month, SDNY prosecutors obtained a search warrant........

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