New Yorker reporter Ronan Farrow says that the person who leaked Michael Cohen’s financial records talked to him and explained why they did it – because they believe they discovered a cover up. . .
The law-enforcement official says “records of bigger, potentially more sensitive, swaths of suspicious transactions appeared to be missing from a government database,” explained Ronan Farrow.
According to the report, the official noticed that two “suspicious-activity reports” were missing from the record. Believing that the records were being “withheld” from law enforcement, he leaked them to the media.
The reports are required to be filed in a database by banks to flag activities that appear suspicious. The database is called FINCEN and can be accessed by law enforcement and other government personnel. They are not necessarily criminal activity but could be used as evidence. . .
After significant investigation, we have discovered that Mr. Trump’s atty Mr. Cohen received approximately $500,000 in the mos. after the election from a company controlled by a Russian Oligarc with close ties to Mr. Putin. These monies may have reimbursed the $130k payment.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) May 8, 2018
The leaker says he knows the consequences of his actions, but that they could not ignore the potential corruption of the FINCEN system. “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.” (Read more from “Leaker of Michael Cohen’s Financial Records Makes Another Explosive Accusation” HERE)