New York — The US-Russia collusion probe was targeting the e-mails of President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen over his foreign contacts in July 2017 — long before his offices were raided last year, according to court documents unsealed on Tuesday. Special counsel Robert Mueller began seeking warrants to get into Cohen’s e-mails — and eventually his phones — just two months after he was named to lead the investigation. The paperwork suggests an initially narrow probe into the New York attorney’s work on behalf of foreign clients, which snowballed into a much broader corruption investigation. Cohen was eventually sentenced to three years in jail for election finance fraud, bank fraud, tax avoidance and lying to US Congress, after implicating Trump in some of those crimes. Some 900 pages of applications indicate that Mueller initially used the rarely enforced Foreign Agents Registration Act, and suspicions of money-laundering and financial fraud, to ask a court to let him ...

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