Anti-Trump leakers opened up a new front in their war on Donald Trump.
Deep State operatives fed confidential financial records belonging to Trump attorney Michael Cohen to Michael Avenatti – the lawyer representing porn star Stormy Daniels.
But an investigation was launched and now the leaker has confessed to a crime that could land him in jail for a long time.
Avenatti released a dossier on Cohen’s suspicious financial transactions that totaled over 2 million dollars.
None of the transactions were illegal and the payments belonged to companies such as AT&T and Novartis that were looking to gain insight and access to the new Trump administration.
But the leak was illegal.
It carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
And the leaker confessed to the New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow that he disclosed the confidential records because two other transactions were missing from the system – and without any evidence – the leaker believed something was amiss.
The New Yorker reports:
The payments to Cohen that have emerged in the past week come primarily from a single document, a “suspicious-activity report” filed by First Republic Bank, where Cohen’s shell company, Essential Consultants, L.L.C., maintained an account. The document detailed sums in the hundreds of thousands of dollars paid to Cohen by the pharmaceutical company Novartis, the telecommunications giant A.T. & T., and an investment firm with ties to the Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg.
The report also refers to two previous suspicious-activity reports, or SARs, that the bank had filed, which documented even larger flows of questionable money into Cohen’s account. Those two reports detail more than three million dollars in additional transactions—triple the amount in the report released last week. Which individuals or corporations were involved remains a mystery. But, according to the official who leaked the report, these SARs were absent from the database maintained by the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN. The official, who has spent a career in law enforcement, told me, “I have never seen something pulled off the system. . . . That system is a safeguard for the bank. It’s a stockpile of information. When something’s not there that should be, I immediately became concerned.” The official added, “That’s why I came forward.”
This leaker’s story falls apart when the fact that the transactions that were made were leaked to a lawyer of a porn star suing the President.
So why did the leaker act?
It may have been due to the fact that Avenatti shares the leaker’s hatred for the President.
The leaker holds a strong disdain for all things Donald Trump.
The New Yorker also reports:
“Suspicious-activity reports are kept strictly confidential, as a matter of law. “SARs are secret, to protect the government and to protect financial institutions,” the former prosecutor told me. “I don’t think there’s a safe harbor for somebody who discloses it.” According to FinCEN, disclosing a SAR is a federal offense, carrying penalties including fines of up to two hundred and fifty thousand dollars and imprisonment for up to five years. The official who released the suspicious-activity reports was aware of the risks, but said fears that the missing reports might be suppressed compelled the disclosure. “We’ve accepted this as normal, and this is not normal,” the official said. “Things that stand out as abnormal, like documents being removed from a system, are of grave concern to me.” Of the potential for legal consequences, the official said, “To say that I am terrified right now would be an understatement.” But, referring to the released report, as well as the potential contents of the missing reports, the official also added, “This is a terrifying time to be an American, to be in this situation, and to watch all of this unfold.”
The Treasury Department announced an investigation into the leak within 24 hours of Avenatti making his dossier of Cohen’s transactions public.
The dossier included two erroneous entries belonging to two different Michael Cohen’s.
So in addition to breaking the law, the leaker may have smeared two innocent men.
Anyone who supports the rule of law in America should hope that this leaker is identified and held accountable.