A bill President Donald Trump signed into law helped federal prosecutors to get access to former attorney Michael Cohen, court documents revealed, according to CNN.
Southern District of New York federal investigators sought a warrant for Cohen’s Gmail account in February 2018, but Google refused to turn over data from computer servers outside of the United States, CNN reported.
That is until President Trump signed the CLOUD Act into law, giving U.S. law enforcement more legal authority to get data stored overseas, according to CNN.
The law was reportedly in the $1.3 trillion omnibus that averted a federal government shutdown.
Once introduced, the law was cited by prosecutors to get another warrant to obtain the Gmail documents: “Providers are required to disclose data even if it is stored abroad,” FBI agent argued in an April 2018 affidavit, CNN reported.
“The judge approved the new search warrant later that day, giving investigators access to additional information from Google, including Cohen’s emails, attachments, address book and files stored on Google Drive,” CNN’s Marshall Cohen reported Tuesday.
At the time of revelations from the Cohen documents release, President Trump coincidentally tweeted Tuesday a rejection of tech giants, including Google, for being “on the side of Radical Left Democrats”:
“Facebook, Google and Twitter, not to mention the Corrupt Media, are sooo on the side of the Radical Left Democrats. But fear not, we will win anyway, just like we did before! #MAGA.”
Also, Monday night, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., a vocal defender of President Trump amid special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigations into 2016 election meddling, has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Twitter for his own accusations of 2018 midterm election meddling, defamation, and “shadow-banning conservatives.”