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A search warrant application included among the hundreds of pages of documents released Thursday in the wake of Michael Cohen’s conviction on campaign finance charges in the Southern District of New York place President Donald Trump in a series of phone calls to arrange an alleged hush-money payment to a former porn star to cover up allegations of an affair.

U.S. District Judge William Pauley III on Wednesday ordered that the warrants be made public, saying the campaign finance violations associated with the payments had concluded and that “the weighty public ramifications of the conduct” justified their public release.

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