Robert Mueller sought Cohen’s emails in July 2017, just two months after the special counsel was appointed and nine months before the raids in April, according to documents unsealed by a federal judge in New York.
The documents also offer details on Cohen’s personal financial crimes, including an alleged scheme to defraud multiple banks as he faced $22 million in debt.
The docs also contain major redactions related to Cohen’s recent guilty pleas, a sign the investigation into hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels remain active, ABC News’ Aaron Katersky says on “Start Here.”
2. Postpartum breakthrough
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first medication specifically for postpartum depression, which affects about 1 in 9 mothers.
The drug is a “massive” development in treating postpartum depression, ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton says on “Start Here,” although she questions whether insurance companies will cover it.
3. Another Boeing story
Boeing is facing another hurdle to get its 737 max 8 aircraft back in the sky after two deadly crashes in five months.
“The big question is,” Kerley says, “is Boeing too cozy with its regulators, the FAA?”
In a statement to ABC News, Boeing said it would “fully cooperate” with the audit.
Days after a cyclone in southern Africa ripped off rooftops, flooded villages and knocked down power lines and trees, humanitarian aid workers are still determining the full extent of the damage.
World Food Program Chief Communications Officer Deborah Nguyen describes an “apocalyptic” and “desperate” scene on the ground in Beira, Mozambique.
“We felt like we fell into a black hole where we were completely cut off from the rest of the world,” she says on today’s podcast.
‘He may have sought notoriety, but we in New Zealand will give him nothing, not even his name’: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern asks everyone to “speak the names of those who were lost rather than the name of the man who took them” in a mass shooting.
‘We were hoping for $400,000 or $500,000’: A real estate mogul pays $1.4 million for a racing pigeon.
From our friends at FiveThirtyEight:
It’s that time of year. Somewhere, someone in your office, or your school, or your local bar is crafting a March Madness pool, and while we all want that perfect-bracket glory, it’s incredibly tough to pull off. But FiveThirtyEight is here to help.
Geoff Foster, FiveThirtyEight’s sports editor, appeared on ABC News’ “Start Here” podcast this week and he says forget perfection — just be ruthlessly committed to getting more points than everyone else. First, he says, ignore everyone telling you to pick a bunch of 12 seeds in the first round. You get one right, hooray, you get a point or two. But if you pick favorites, your chances go up later.
“You just don’t want to lose your Final Four,” he said. “You almost really should do a bracket backwards. I tend to do this. I fill in my Final Four, and then I just work to the outer edges from there.”
Another piece of advice: Don’t pick a 10-seed to win it all.
“This,” he adds, “is my rule of thumb: “You add up the little seeds of the final four. You want that number to be around 10 to 15. Yeah, the little seed. So if you have two 4s, a 2 and a 1 you’re right in that 10-to-15 range.”
Read more 2019 March Madness predictions for the men’s and women’s tournaments here.