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and tap room. all the audience here, and senator gillibrand. please join me in thanking her. >> thank you. we will be back tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. \s thank you at home for joining us. happy monday. we start tonight with ralph wilson. who? he grew up in detroit. if you know the name, you do not associate him with the city of detroit, because ralph wilson is famous for having founded the buffalo bills. legendary players like jim kelly, o.j. simpson and jack kemp played for the buffalo bills on ralph wilson's watch. when ralph wilson died in 2014 at the age of 95, he had owned that team for 54 years.
that iconic team came up up for sale he for the first time ever, only when ralph wilson died. that team was for sale, and a motley crue lined up to try and buy the team. kn not motley crue, the band, but a motley crew of people. the person who owned pabst blue ribbon. also jon bon jovi, also donald trump, who he know from other contexts. so all of these folks were lining up to try to buy the bills. it had never been on the market before. nfl teams never come on the market, but in particular the bills. when that team came up in 2014, it was always going to be like a rich guy street brawl, right?
it got particularly nasty between donald trump and jon bon jovi. rumors started circling that if bon jovi got the team, he was planning to move the buffalo bills to canada. what? that was not true, but the rumors didn't derive from anything true that had been misconstrued. those were gined up by a longtime political operative named michael caputo, who has ties to roger stone and paul manafort. that is the guy trump sent into buffalo to try to kneecap jon bon jovi so he could out-maneuver him and could buy the bills. none of that matter in the end. mr. bon jovi and mr. trump both lost out to the natural gas billionaire, who was the one who ended up buying the bills and did keep the team in buffalo. that might have been the end of
it. trump lost, dirty tricks didn't work, didn't get there anyway, story over. except now that story is back. >> did this information provided to us inflate the president's assets? >> i believe these numbers are inflated. >> and of course inflating assets to win a newspaper poll to boost your eye go is not a crime, but to your knowledge, did the president ever provide inflated assets to a bank in order to help him obtain a loan? >> the gentleman's time has expired, but you may answer that question. >> these documents and others were provided to deutsche bank on withone occasion with them, our attempt to obtain money to put a bid on the buffalo bills. >> michael cohen testifying
before congress. hearing in that testimony that the future president, donald trump, may have lied in a financial statement about the size of his assets to try to get a bank loan to buy the buffalo bills, i mean, it's obviously embarrassing, right? for the president? because he didn't end up being able to buy the buffalo bills, but it's also potential important legally. if they provided financial statements to the bank, trying to persuade that bank to give him a loan with false representations, i mean, that is the kind of thing that prosecutors call bank fraud. that's part of what michael cohen and trump campaign chair paul manafort are going to prison for now. last week letitia james issued subpoenas to two banks, including the president as personal longtime lender deutsche bank, citing testimony from michael cohen about infl e inflated assets. mortgages, lines of credits and
other financing transactions in connection with the trump hotel, t the do real outside miami, and the trump tower in chicago, and also that weird failed effort to buy the buffalo bills with what the president's lawyer says was an inflated asset sheet. tonight the "new york times" has new reporting. "new york times" has just reported new reporting that suggests a surprise twist in that already weird story, because if president trump was inflating his assets in his financial statements to maim hick solemn appear richer so as to persuade this bank to make a large loan, in theories at least you would expect the banking to mad about it. what the attorney appears to be investigating is trump was lying about assets.
now, the surprise twist tonight reported in "new york times" is that apparently deutsche bank didn't mind, at least they didn't mind attach. according to this reporting in the times tonight, deutsche bank knew what he was doing in that buffalo bills scam and they were sort of cool with it. quote -- in early 2014, mr. trump and michael cohen approached a deutsche bank executive about more potential loans. the nfl franchise was up for sale. mr. trump was interested and he needed to show the nfl that he had the financial wherewithal to bull off a transaction that could top a billion dollars. mr. trump asked ms. vrablic at deutsche bank if the bank would be willing to make a loan and handed over bare-bones statements. michael cohen testified that the documents exaggerated trump's
wealth. deutsche bank executives had reached a similar conclusion, mean they also concluded that trump was exaggerating his wealth in this loan application. nevertheless they agreed to vouch for reply trump's b-- mr. bid to purchase the buffalo bills. so they said his was good for the money? what's being reported is deutsche bank knew that trump was lying about whether he could afford a lone, or they cake to the conclusion he was lying in the financial statements he supported. he materially misrepresented his wealth, hi assets and ability to repay the loan, but eh, they decided to do it anyway. what? who else gets to live in that world? where do i get to sign up for that? i mean, first of all, what explains that?
is that just the way that banks bray? it would seem like it wouldn't be or they wouldn't stay banks for too long. there's also the question of the potential criminal investigations here, right? this buffalo bills transaction is reportedly the subject of a subpoena from the new york attorney general to this bank. the bank says it's cooperating. is it still bank fraud if the bank is in on it? if the bank is in on this, why would they do it? it's very strange. we really don't know what was going on between deutsche bank and donald trump in that transaction, but also over the course of their long relationship where every other bank on wall street had sworn him off, but deutsche bank kept shoveling him money. something was weird. something didn't make sense in pure financial terms. going along with the loan that he was lie being, is weird.
the times also reported in another loan, they discovered that somebody had forged the signature of a credit officer who supposedly had approved a deal that was worth hundreds of millions to trump. that's a bit of a red flag. trump default odd his deals with deutsche bank. he lied to deutsche bank and he knew it. he sued to avoid paying back loans. at least one banker who did multiple deals with trump was fired from the bank apparently for misconduct. but somehow they kept managing to shove more money his way. well over $2 billion in total. now that the relationship is under investigation by committees and the new york attorney, the executive who trump worked with, she now according to the times, expects
to be called too publicly testified on capitol hill. that's according to people familiar with her thinking. so we will have more on this story later on this hour. this one does seem to be sort of cracking open. the deutsche bank/trump relationship has been sort of a flashing red light from the very, very beginninging, all of these investigates all reference illy turn into the follow the money investigations. almost all of the follow the money investigation seemed to find their way back to deutsche bank, and there's a op ed as well a this. but in general, this isn't the only thing churning. in general the day is turning out to be a busy day on the lie down with dogs/get up with fleas beat when it comes to this
administration. some of the stuff is still spinning out from paul manafort. even as he's slated to begins his seven-plus years in prison. not only is manafort facing state charges in addition to the federal time, but when it comes to other things deriving from the manafort investigation, the bell is starting to toll for other people and other entities who may have been involved in some of the stuff that manafort is going to jail for. there was a moment in his sentencing last week when, now looking back at it, you could see the judge who sentenced him was teeing this up pretty clearly. i didn't feel until today that i knew what the judge was getting at when the judge launched into a tirade, but today's news makes it pretty clear. this one bit from the transcript. this is when manafort was in court last week before judge amy berman-jackson, his second
federal sentencing last week. at one point before she hands down the sentence and she's talking to him about his climbs and the seriousness of his crimes, she says this -- lobbying is not illegal. being paid to do it even on behalf of et clients who orders masse sigh odious is not illegal if you follow the laws that governs foreign transactions and pay the taxes, it's not illegal. it's okay to say members of the congress, the governor of ukraine would like you to consider the following, and when you determine what the foreign policy of the united states should be, but what you were doing, mr. manafort, was lying to members of congress and the american public, saying look at this nice pr firm, look at this nice u.s.-based law firm, look at they prominent he officials,
how they have stood up for yanukovych and the new ukraine administration, when all the while you and the ukrainians actually had them on the payroll. this deliberate effort to obscure the facts undermines our political discourse and infects or policymaking. if the people do not have the facts, democracy can't work. so thatches the judge in manafort's case just a few days ago, reaming him out about the seriousness of his crimes and how what he did with this illegal lobbying stuff was not just a failure to comport with pesky regulations, but it was serious and a damages thing for our democracy. now it sort of becomes even more clear in hindsight, because the way she's reaming manafort out there, you know, what she moments later sends him to prison for is a type of crime that manafort didn't commit alone, that does appear to have
involved other people and other entities. the question remains as to whether they're going to get in trouble too, just like paul manafort is. the judge says in that tirade before the sentence, she says that manafort's criminal scheme involved a nice american pr firm, a nice u.s.-based law firm on who all were supposedly stepping forward to make a case for manafort's ukrainian clients. in this scheme, it was actually two nice american pr firms and one nice u.s.-based law firm who participated in manafort's crimes. the special counsel's office has reportedly looked into both of the pr firms and into the law firms and reportedly made a referral to northwesterly prosecutors in new york for potentially prosecution of those firms for their role in what manafort did. according to another story in "new york times" today from ken
vogueling and katy benner, federal prosecutors were asking witnesses questions about these two pr firms who worked with manafort as rely as january of this year. we don't know if they're going to be charged, but we know prosecutoro ares have been active in them, the pr firms. the law firm that was involved with manafort is a very rich, very influential law firm. they interinto non-prosecution agreement, in which they admitted wrongdoing and agreed to pay back millions in ill-gotten gains from this criminal scheme they were involved in. but it's a non-prosecution agreement in exchange for paying all that money, to train their staff and admit wrongdoing, the justice department said they would not prosecutor them. but the lead partner from that law firm who worked on this
case, the guy who worked on this scheme, for which manafort is going to prison and for which the law firm he used to work with had to enter into an agreement. that lead partner himself isn't covered by the nonprosecution agreement, because he left the firm last year, and he's now out there a his own. he would be a very unusual fish tore caught in this net of scandal surrounding this president and this administration and this president's campaign, because that lawyer who's now out on his own on this, his name is gregory craig. he is a democrat, he was the first white house counsel under president obama during president obama's first year in office in 2009. after mueller referred these cases against the pr firm po for potential prosecution, the "new york times" reports today that the case involving the lawyer, gregory craig, it got transferred in january from
federal prosecutors in new york to prosecutors in washington. so it all starts with mueller, mueller refers it for potential prosecution on sdny, sdny keeps the potential for prosecution, they -- justice department enters into a agreement with the law firm, but when it comes to gregory craig, obama's former white house counsel, that apparently has been handed to other prosecutors in washington. i don't know if that's the u.s. attorn attorney's office in d.c. or potentially prosecutors working out main justice, but according to people familiar with the came, the times reports tonight that prosecutors are moving quickly toward a decision about an indictment of gregory craig. quote, a decision about whether to prosecutor mr. craig is a expected in coming weeks. and on top of all of that,
propublica reported they uncovered a sealed -- against brody broidy, according to the surge warrant, it showed that federal authorities executed a rate on elliott broidy's office. it turns out he had his office raided just a few weeks later. agents were authorized to use broidy's hands and face to unlock any phones that required fingerprint or facial scans. how does that even work? sir, will you use this face to unlock this phone? no, i will not. >> sir, we have a court order to allow us to use your face. you can't use my face. >> sir, we're uses your face.
>> i mean, how does that -- the search warrant also reportedly cited three potential crimes that authorities were investigating -- conspiracy, month laundering and violations of the law barring covert lobbying. like paul manafort. according to propublica today, it thor iced federal agents to seize documents related to a bunch of different foreign countries, including malaysia, united arab emirates, qatar and saudi arabia, and they should also he allowed to receive documents related to george nader. he's the first person reported to have been granted immunity in exchange for his help to mueller. agents were also allowed to sees material related to rick gates. president trump's deputy campaign chairman.
he of course is also cooperating with the special counsel's office. his cooperation deal was just extended on friday for another two months, because prosecutors say they are still working with gates, they are still extracting more cooperation that's helping with multiple investigations. even though now it is more than a year since he started cooperating. so we're used to thinking about people who are caught up in the mess surrounding this president and this administration -- i do not mean this to be rude, and i don't mean this in a personally minimizing way, but we're sort of used to thinking the people caught up in this mish i gosh as sort of trump-world characters? is that a fairway to say it people who could only exist in his orbit, people who otherwise would never be national news were it not for donald trump and his unlikely rise to the
presidency. like people like allen weisselberg, an accountant who ended up being a central, or michael cohen, a taxi medallion guy, who was need rattly reporting income, and all these people who arrived in trump's clown car with him, but now it's no longer a contained epidemic. now now the exposer is wider spread. here's deutsche bank, this bank with a ren station for russian money laundering and financial misconduct. now deutsche bank's most trump adjacent executive expected to publicly testify in congress. the bank is fielding subpoenas from law enforcement entities. the insurance giant aeon, evening as they longtime
personal lawyer says he was committing insurance fraud. they too are facing subpoena. a major law firm has entered into an agreement with the justice department about his participation. a senior obama white house official, will know whether he himself is being criminally charged for his a littled involvement. two major rich and influential pr firms are facing the same prospects. one of those firms has already dissolved until the pressure that all this scrutiny has brought. even the republican national committee, right? the national republican party as an institution, they chose a new financial chair and two deputies to serve them in the trump era. all three have had to step down from their posts. one is on his way to prison much one was subpoenaed about the
other one, who we learned today was also raided by the fbi last summer. and now tonight it's time to have a conversation with jerry nadler of new york, because on top of all of those proceedings in this president's orbit, in the legal arena, you know, chairman nadler says today that in addition to all that stuff going on in courtrooms and in prosecutors's offices around the country, chairman nadler says today, in response to multiple koumt questions sent out, he says tonight that he has already obtained tens of thousands of pages of documents for his committee's multiple investigations of the president and his campaign and his administration. including thousands of pages from a surprising source. and that's next. surprising soue and that's next. after walking six miles at an amusement park...
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lots and lots of people in between. the deadline to responding to those requests is today. the office of house judiciary chairman jerry need letters set they have already received tens of thousands of documents. joining us is chairman nadler, who's here in the studio. nice to see you. >> a pleasure. >> so tens of thousands of documents, sounds like a lot. i want to ask how that comports with your expectations of what you thought you would get. >> we really didn't know what we thought we would get. we want today is the deadline to communication with us, so i'm encouraged how many people are responded. some have said that they're going to, that they want to work with us. some have said they will respond if we give them a subpoena, and we've gotten responses from surprising people like, for instance steve bannon. who sent us a few thousand
documents. we're encouraged, but we'll have to analyze all of this. >> steve bannon sent you several thousands of documents? >> that's what my staff tells me. >> in terms of people saying so far they're not going to respond or that they're giving a hard time about what you have asked for, there was a report tonight that the president's lawyers -- the president's personal lawyers plan on sending you nothing. "the daily beast" reported today that the president's legal team informed the committee they won't be sending anything over. is that likely to turn into a standoff? >> it's certainly possible. i don't know yet. we'll be see if we can reach accommodations, but ultimately people have to respond, unless the president personally invokes an executive privilege, which is a rare thing. they have to immunity. they have to respond to us. of course, the white house and
executive department generally has been stonecalling the committee, not just on these documents, but stonewalling, doing everything they can to is a witnesses say i won't talk to you about this, i woven talk about that, without asserting executive privilege. they have no right to do that. >> you have said in the past upon ascending to the chairmanship of your committee, you did not intend to issue is thats without working with the minority. in terms of these document requests and people who haven't responded, people you think might not respond, do you anticipate that republicans will be willing to sign off. i don't know, but what i pledged was if they objected, we would hold a votes of the committee. we did that once for the when i akerr subpoena. but hopefully they will
cooperate in what is a very legitimate inquest by the committee on work we have to do. we have to get to the bottom. on behalf of the american people, of all the allegations and suspicions of public corruption, of abuses of power, of obstruction of justice, because we must defend the rule of law. that is our job. this president has posed a lot of challenges to the rule of law, and we cannot perform that to go on. >> you're at a point where you are raking in a ton of terms, already thousands of documents from steve bannon alone. i asked you before whether you feel like you are adequately staffed to be able to handle this material. this is multiple lines of inquiry this is not a president suspected of doing one things. how are you approaching that in terms of just getting the work done? >> well, we'll see how that goes when we review these documents.
i think with modern computer technology and our staff, we can do a lot of work. if we need more staff, we'll ask for it, but i'm not terribly concerned about that right now. i'm concerned about doing the job we must do for the america people and concerned about what will happen with the mueller report. now, we wait for the mueller report. we don't know when it will come out. we don't know how broad it will be. we don't know if the attorney general will let us see it. but we'll do everything in our power that the american people see it, but our work is broader than mueller. mueller is working at crimes only. he's a prosecutor. and he's looking at the issue of russian interference in the last election, and of any obstruction of justice in connection with that. we have a much broader mandate, an obstruction of justice generally, abuses of power.
when the president attacks the free press, the you dishary, our agencies, when he attacks the structures on which or government depends, that's a real problem. we can't depend on that. in particular, in particular, the justice department has said, and attorney general barr has said that whatever mueller reports, they will make what they can public, but they will not make -- he said it's their policy, the policy of the justice department not to make public evidence about someone they have chosen not to indict. that's fine when you have chosen not to inside somebody because you don't have enough evidence, but when you can't indict somebody or believe you can't, because the justice department takes the position that the law prohibits the indictment of a sitting president, that means they have taken themselves out of the business, and then to
deny congress and the american people information or evidence about the president, then it hamstrings congress of doing its i don't see, and if the justice department won't do it, and the congress can't or won't, then the president is above the law, and that's undemocratic and subversive of our form of government. we cannot perform that, and that's why we'll do whatever we have have to that the mueller report is made public. >> i believe you have the tools to do that? >> i believe we have the tools to do that. i believe the fact of the matter is this justice department gave the juju dishary committee under republican control last year 880,000 pages of documents, which normally about people working in the fbi, et cetera on the hillary clinton investigation, on the beginning of the mueller probe, they
made -- they gave it to the congress. and they're going to have to live by that precedent. >> congressman jerry nadler of the judiciary committee, the chairman telling us tonight the tens of thousands of pages they have received including thousands from steve bannon alone. we appreciate it. thank you. >> thank you. much more ahead tonight. stay with us. you. much more ahead tonight. stay with us because here, you can choose any car in the aisle, even if it's a better car class than the one you reserved. so no matter what, you're guaranteed to have a perfect drive. [laughter] (vo) go national. go like a pro. see what i did there? [zara larsson - "wow"] ♪ ♪ make you're jaw drop drop say oh my drop drop drop ♪
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word piece on president trump and his relationship with deutsche bank, which is one of the most interesting mysteries of the trump scandal era. this new piece from david enrich is based on interview with his more than 20 current executives and board members. his new reporting shows that deutsche bank has appeared to have played along. inflating his assets in a financial statement so that he could get money from deutsche bank to make a bit for the buff look bills nfl team. why would they go along with that, knowing that he was lying to them about his assets? that's kind of just the foam on top of the beer here. there's a lot more, quote, over nearly two decades leaders repeatedly saw red flags, a sdasries bond sale, a promised loan that relied on a forged signature.
wild exaggeration of mr. trump's wealth, even a claim of an act of god. however, quote, time after time with the support of two executives the bank handed money to a man who nearly all other banks this deemed untouchable. we know how much this relationship benefited mr. trump, but what was in it for deutsche bank? joining us is david enrich, the finance editor for "new york times," also the author of a forthcoming book. congratulations on this piece. thanks for coming in. >> thank you. my pleasure. >> there's a lot of detail here. can you tell me what people should take as the big picture? >> i think the why is exactly the right one. the fact that all these other banks refused to touch him, the deutsche bank was eager to
embrace him. it speaks to a lot of other problems that deutsche bank is having, and speaks to a lot of the reasons that donald trump is now in the crosshairs of investigators in washington and up in new york. >> i know you have done a lot of work on deutsche bank in general. i know very much about banking. were it not for the russia scandal and the follow-up . but is deutsche bank makes these kinds of seemingly inexplicable deals with all sorts of people who fit donald trump's profile? or do they treat him specially? >> they do treat him specially. he became a big priority of the bank. he was making a tremendous amount of money, and helping the bank burnish its reputation. sometimes ivanka trump and
donald trump would be stars of the interviews, boasting about what a great relationship they had with the bank, but deutsche bank has a long history of loaning to clients who turn out to not be very smart. they've been involved with russian money-laundering, all sorts of market manipulation it is, and the bank has admitted to crimes, the employees have admitted to crimes. it's ngo that every big scandal that comes lune, but it's not a huge surprise whether it comes to financing someone who is completely off-limits to almost all of wall street, was right in the middle of deutsche bank. >> what i've not undertoot about that dynamic, while i can see donald trump as a good promotional opportunity, doesn't that all dissolve when his bond
project he defaults on a year after they issue all those bonds? he wasn't always making money for him. >> this remains a business of mystery, why any rational actor would throw good money after bad. >> over and over again. >> one of the refusalsations i hadn't realize until relatively recently, there was a big loan to finance a skyscraper. trump defaults on the loan and assumes the bank accusing them of predator lending, and then they completely stop doing business with him for a couple years. then before that there's a similar incident. they were hired to sell junk bonds to finance one of his projects, and it successfully does it, and trump rewards the bankers with a trip to mar-a-lago. less than a year he defaults, and that part of the bank says that's it, we can't do business with this guy, and no one
bothers to tell the rest of the bank. that's those are not good traits to have if you're a big international company. it sets deutsche bank up for a perfect storm, where it's involved in all these criminal scandals, and that intersects around the same time with its loans to donald trump. david enrich, the reporter behind this big new piece in "new york times." filling in a lot of the blanking for me. thanks for being he. >> my pleasure. thank you. stay with us. y pleasure thank you. stay with us
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had basically the same story about epstein. some of the victims were as young as 13. based on those accounts from those brave girls and young women, the fbi prepared more than 50 pages worth of criminal charges against epstein for being a serial child sex offender. if convicted of the charges, he could have easily spent the rest of his life in federal prison. instead, the federal prosecutor, the u.s. attorney working on that case, he gave jeffrey epstein something called a nonprosecution agreement, which granted epstein immunity from all federal charges. rather than take him to court on those 53 pages of child sex crime charges, then u.s. attorney, now trump labor secretary alex acosta let jeffrey epstein instead plead guilty to just two state prostitution charges. and of those two crimes, he was allowed to plead guilty to in state court, only one of them involved an underaged girl. last month, as we reported here on the show, a federal judge ruled that alex acosta broke the
law when he made that nonprosecution deal with jeffrey epstein. specifically, because acosta kept the deal hidden from dozens of victims who came forward who had a right to know about the proceedings in that case. and that not only looks bad for a sitting cabinet official, a federal judge has ruled it is bad, right? this is a federal judge ruling that a sitting cabinet secretary broke the law at his last federal job. oh, and by the way, it had to do with a child sex offender. now it's gotten worse, though. remember, alex acosta agreed to let jeffrey epstein plead guilty to only one sex crime that involved an underaged girl. the age of that underaged girl in that crime that he was allowed to plead to, that's never been revealed in that court record, but in this new reporting from "the washington post" we learn, quote, the only minor epstein was convicted of soliciting was 16 years old at the time the offenses had began. they had him plead to a crime
involving a 16-year-old. remember, the very first victim to tip off police to what jeffrey epstein was doing was 14, and some of the victims were as young as 13. but when alex acosta put together that sweetheart plea deal, the nonprosecution deal with epstein for all federal crimes, then the deal -- he had 53 pages worth of indictments from 13-year-olds and 14-year-olds and 15-year-olds who all said epstein molested them when they were kids. but accoosta made this deal whe he only had to plead guilty involving one underaged victim. not one of the 14-year-olds. not one of the 13-year-olds. not one of the 15-year-olds. he plead guilty to a crime in which the girl was 16. which has some real tangible positive effects op jeffrey epstein's life thereafter. this is from the post again today. quote, the age of consent is 16 years old in more than half of the states in the u.s., meaning, quote, the decision to charge jeffrey with a crime involving
an older teen has eased epstein's obligations to register as a sex offender. for instance, in new mexico, where epstein has a 7600 acre property, he's not required to register as a sex offender at all. because his victim was not under 16. his victim was not under 16. well, she was, but they didn't -- that plea deal brokered by alex acosta, trump cabinet secretary, means that child serial sex offender is unburdened by the laws dealing with sex offenders in much of the country. he got a better deal in jail. he got a better deal after jail after striking that agreement with alex acosta, which was illegal. and yet tomorrow morning alex acosta will report to another day of work as donald trump's secretary of labor. how is this not a bigger problem for alex acosta, let alone this white house? watch this space.
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give up, and because following politics in this era means following the search warrants every day, tomorrow you should know that one of the things we're going get unsealed by a federal court is the search warrant for michael cohen when he was raided last year by federal agents. we're going get the search warrant unsealed, and we're going get affidavits that went along with it, which is usually fbi agents' narratives explaining what they're looking for and why. there will be some obvious things redacted in these documents, things like michael cohen's e-mail address and his apartment number, but other than, that we expect this stuff to be pretty fully public. if there is something worth seeing in these documents, it may tell us more about the overall investigation into cohen and why a judge believed the fbi had good cause to make this search. keep your eyes out. that does it for us tonight. see you again tomorrow. now it's time for "the last word" with ali velshi. good evening, ali. >> good evening, rachel. thank you very much. you have an excellent rest of your evening. i'll be watching verylo