Robert Mueller investigating Michael Cohen 9 months before raid: Documents

The details of what the special counsel calls "the illegal campaign contribution scheme" - more than 20 pages - were redacted because the probe remains active.
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Transcript for Robert Mueller investigating Michael Cohen 9 months before raid: Documents
Next this evening, to the president's former personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen, and what we learned today. Newly unsealed search warrants now reveal just how long he was a target of Robert Mueller's team. And what they were after. ABC's Pierre Thomas now. Reporter: Newly unsealed documents show Robert Mueller had his sights on Michael Cohen much earlier than was known. A full nine months before the FBI raid on his home, office and hotel room. Mr. Cohen, why do think they raided your office -- Reporter: The special counsel's office obtained a search warrant for Cohen's e-mails in July 2017, investigating several possible crimes, including what they call a scheme to defraud multiple banks. Cohen, $22 million dollars in debt, failed to disclose he was aggressively raking in $2.8 million in payments from a number of corporate giants, some based overseas, on the promise of an insider's advice on how to deal with a trump white house. Investigators also looking into campaign finance violations allegedly involving Donald Trump. The details of what they call "The illegal campaign contribution scheme," nearly 20 pages long, full little redacted. The investigation apparently still active. Pierre, news on Michael Cohen tonight. But there's news today that could give us a hint on how long this Mueller investigation could last. Deputy attorney general rod Rosenstein, we've learned, he's staying at his boast longer? Reporter: That's right. Rosenstein was expected to leave by mid March. We're told he may stay a couple-weeks to help out with the Mueller report. David? Pierre Thomas with us tonight. Thank you, Pierre. Now, to the middle of the country, and new developments

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