The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, were briefed on the decision but were not authorized to speak about it publicly.
The office of the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, which prosecuted Cohen, declined to comment. U.S. Justice Department policy prohibits the indictment of a sitting president.
Jay Sekulow, a lawyer for Trump, said simply, "Case closed".
Later that month on October 26, 2016, the morning after Davidson allegedly warned Cohen that Daniels "deems her settlement agreement canceled and void", Cohen called Trump at 8:26 a.m. and spoke to him for approximately three minutes, according to the documents. At 8:03 p.m., according to the unsealed court documents, Cohen called Trump.
October 8, 7:39 p.m.: Over 20 minutes, Cohen has four separate phone conversations with two executives at the National Enquirer's parent company, the chief content officer Dylan Howard and his boss, David Pecker, a Trump friend who has helped bury embarrassing stories for celebrities.
The documents then describe a string of calls over the next hour that Cohen made to Hicks, Pecker, Howard and again Trump.
A footnote went into further detail about why the agent believe this was a three-party call that also included Trump. Per the agent: "Based on the timing of these calls, and the content of the text messages and emails, I believe that at least some of these communications concerned the need to prevent Clifford [Stormy Daniels] from going public, particularly in the wake of the Access Hollywood story". Daniels' real name is Stephanie Clifford.
Pauley had ordered some search warrant materials released March 19, but he kept the documents on the campaign finance charges under seal because they were related to the investigation that was still active at the time. Trump has denied having encounters with the women.
During his congressional testimony in February, Cohen testified that he had "pled guilty in federal court to felonies for the benefit of, at the direction of, and in coordination with Individual #1" who is known to be Trump.
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AMI, meanwhile, also has admitted arranging a separate payment to McDougal in a so-called "catch-and-kill" arrangement to keep her quiet about her alleged relationship with Trump.
The FBI noted that before that day, Cohen had not spoken by phone to Mr Trump or Mr Hicks - Mr Trump's campaign press secretary and then his White House communications director - for several weeks.
Prosecutors had initially opposed the request, saying disclosure "would jeopardize an ongoing investigation and prejudice the privacy rights of uncharged third parties". A previously redacted part alleged Trump was directly involved in the efforts to keep Daniels silent.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler asked Hicks to clarify her testimony no later than August 15.
And while the judge's language strongly indicates that the government thinks its investigation is done, the Southern District of NY declined to comment. The judge called the documents "a matter of national importance".
The unsealed documents show Cohen acting as an intermediary. "I'm going to be surprised if there isn't a 1001 violation referral for Hope Hicks by the end of tomorrow".
November 5, 7:35 a.m.: After the Wall Street Journal story appears, Cohen and Hicks express relief the story did not receive the attention they feared it would.
Cohen says, in what officials understood as a reference to Trump: "He's pissed". "Nothing contradicts what I've said". Twenty minutes before the story was published, Cohen texted Pecker, "The boss just tried calling you. Not much we can do".
National security lawyer Bradley P. Moss told Law&Crime that while false statement charges are "rarely ever open and shut cases", the search warrant evidence "raises the distinct and likely possibility that Hicks misled Congress in her testimony". Less than 30 minutes later, Cohen sent emails to a person who had set up the limited liability companies through which the payment funds were handled, asking that he be sent "the filing receipt" as soon as possible, the documents showed.