FBI Is Piecing Together Shredded Evidence Seized During Cohen Raid: Report
The FBI is reconstructing shredded documents found in its raid of Michael Cohen’s home and office while investigating President Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, prosecutors told a federal district judge on Wednesday according to CNN.
The federal government has so far turned over 3.7 million seized documents for Cohen’s attorneys to assess whether anything is privileged information. The FBI continues to pore over the shredded documents and an additional 19 storage devices including hard drives and thumb drives, as well as several Blackberry phones, CNN reports.
Former FBI special agent and CNN analyst Asha Rangappa said Wednesday that the existence of shredded documents in Cohen’s office showed a “reason to believe that evidence was being destroyed” ahead of the FBI raid in April.
“This is not going to end well for the defense,” she said on Twitter.
Also, the fact that they are recovering the shredded docs explains why they conducted the raid: There was (obviously a justified) reason to believe that evidence was being destroyed. https://t.co/ExYQoyTXmT
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) May 30, 2018
Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti said the news that the FBI is piecing together shredded information is “bad news for [Cohen].”
“[The FBI] are very good at reassembling shredded documents. It’s something they do well. They are looking at a huge volume of evidence,” Matt Miller, who is a MSNBC justice and security analyst, told “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”