The Southern District of New York’s search warrant for Donald Trump’s former “fixer” Michael Cohen revealed how prosecutors used a law the president recently signed to get access to the attorney’s Gmail accounts.
CNN reported Tuesday that in February 2018, SDNY investigators requested access to Cohen’s accounts from Google — but were rebuffed from accessing most of his data as it was stored overseas.
Weeks later, however, Trump signed the CLOUD Act that now allows law enforcement to get more access to overseas data storage.
After the new law took effect, SDNY prosecutors went back to court to ask for a new warrant to search Cohen’s Gmail accounts, arguing in April 2018 that “providers are required to disclose data even if it is stored abroad” in another FBI affidavit.
“The judge approved the new search warrant later that day,” CNN reported, “giving investigators access to additional information from Google, including Cohen’s emails, attachments, address book and files stored on Google Drive.”