Treasury Launches Probe How Cohen's Bank Records Were Leaked To Stormy Daniels' Lawyer

When we commented earlier on the latest document leak involving Stormy Daniels' lawyer and former Rahm Emanuel opposition researcher, Michael Avenatti, who "somehow" had gotten access to Michael Cohen's wire transfer documents obtained by Richard Mueller as part of his investigation into Russian collusion, we asked just how it was possible that this critical piece of Mueller's probe had been strategically leaked to the man who is now leading the legal charge against President Trump.

It appears we were not the only ones to ask that question because less than a day after Avenatti unveiled he had access to Cohen's bank records...

...  the WaPo reported that the Treasury Department’s inspector general has begun an investigation whether and how the confidential banking information for Essential Consultants LLC, the company controlled by President Trump’s personal attorney, was leaked.

Rich Delmar, counsel to the inspector general, said that in response to media reports the office is “inquiring into allegations” that Suspicious Activity Reports on Cohen’s banking transactions were “improperly disseminated.”

Bloomberg confirmed:

  • TREASURY INQUIRY ON HOW BANK-SECRECY ACT DATA GOT TO THE PRESS
  • U.S. TREASURY SAYS PROBING POSSIBLE LEAK OF COHEN BANK DETAILS

For those who missed yesterday's main event, here is another recap from WaPo:

On Twitter, Avenatti circulated a dossier that purports to show that Cohen was hired last year by the U.S.-based affiliate of a Russian company owned by Viktor Vekselberg, a Russian business magnate who attended Trump’s inauguration and was recently subjected to sanctions by the U.S. government. The affiliate, New York investment firm Columbus Nova, confirmed the payment, saying it was for consulting on investments and other matters, but denied any involvement by Vekselberg.

Avenatti’s dossier also alleged that, after Trump’s inauguration, Cohen’s company Essential Consultants had received payments from several others with business considerations before the federal government, including telecommunications giant AT&T, aircraft manufacturer Korea Aerospace Industries and pharmaceutical company Novartis. All three companies subsequently confirmed the payments.

When he was reached by WaPo, Avenatti predictably refused to disclose his source:

“The source or sources of our information is our work product, and nobody’s business,” Avenatti said. “They can investigate all they want, but what they should be doing is releasing to the American public the three Suspicious Activity Reports filed on Michael Cohen’s account. Why are they hiding this information?”

Amusingly, Avenatti preempted this probe just last night, when he told CNN’s Anderson Cooper: "There’s been some criticism of our media strategy and how often I’m on CNN and how often I’ve been on your show and other networks. It’s working. It’s working in spades. Because we’re so out front on this, people send us information, people want to help our cause. People contact us with information."

What was left unsaid is that it was not "people" who sent Avenatti the Cohen bank records, it was most likely someone deep inside Mueller's probe who is leaking confidential information, making what was already a politicized probe, even more so.

And with the past 1.5 years of the Trump administration marked almost entirely by leaks, traditionally of the NSA/CIA/FBI to WaPo/NYT variety, it was long overdue that someone decided to finally took a look.

Comments

Gadfly Angry Panda Wed, 05/09/2018 - 14:10 Permalink

"Novartis also reveled that it had been contacted by officials from Mueller’s office in November last year, confirming that Mueller has been in possession of the wire transfer details for months, and somehow these had been leaked to Avenatti."

Mueller is running a criminal enterprise.  Using Stormy's lawyer to leak info to assist in dragging this thing out and trying to find something, anything.  He's a criminal.  Indict Mueller and lock him up.

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HenryKissinger… American Psycho Wed, 05/09/2018 - 15:56 Permalink

who are Avenetti' parents???

the problem is that somebody with access to a tool to GOOGLE INTO BANK TRANSACTIONS, even outside the USA (e.g. Kenya -> Israel) ...

looked for suspicious BANK transactions for ALL the michael cohens and leaked that to the press...

who has a tool to search within all the worlds bank accounts? https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-trump-stormy-daniels-and-t…

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Creative_Destruct HenryKissinger… Wed, 05/09/2018 - 16:09 Permalink

Could be an ass-covered Mueller with a wink and a nod through a stooge of his, or a hack. Either way, political assassination is the norm in the Washington cesspool. But it's WAAAAY amped-up against Trump.

"...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 Oligarch."

Gee, BTW, Podesta's Bro received big bucks from similar Russian/Ukrainian Associates. MANY  of the swamp denizens throughout the political spectrum are vulnerable to this guilt by association game.

 

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Zerogenous_Zone Frilton Miedman Wed, 05/09/2018 - 14:48 Permalink

that's funny!  if you were correct, it would be over and done with, correct?

 

the only things we know are ancillary findings..and IF we audited EVERY congressman and woman, i'd wager that nearly ALL of them are complicit in illegal trading and off-shore funds of pay-to-play (by the way, i'm ALL for it!!)

 

what we DO know is the previous administration (and their holdovers) were colluding against an elected president...whether or not you like him is irrelevant (full disclosure, i did NOT vote for the red or the blue team)...and nearly ALL of their 'achievements' were by Executive Order and NOT codified into law by a do-nothing congress (do nothing for the past 40 years, actually)

 

zerogenous_zone

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Frilton Miedman Zerogenous_Zone Wed, 05/09/2018 - 15:26 Permalink

TO be clear, I agree, we need MUCH more scrutiny over elected officials, it should be law that prior to running for office a candidate should disclose his/her taxes.

The problem here is commenters trying to create some kind of "deep state" meme despite obvious evidence of Cohen taking money without being a registered lobbyist or PAC/SUPERPAC, atop getting money from a Russian Oligarch, he's done, and where Cohen has a family now, wife and kids, he's going to sing a song to the feds.

Worst for Trump, this is an SDNY prosecutor, Trump can't pardon him, he can only try to influnce that prosecutoor, which is impossible, especially with the level of scrutiny.

So yes, let's have all officials investigated, heck, let's reinvestigate Bhengazi, Emails, Uranium.. too, but the Trump train wreck's all but assured, the guy who ran on draining the swamp IS the swamp.

 

 

 

 

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Arctic Frost Frilton Miedman Wed, 05/09/2018 - 14:58 Permalink

 

There is no doubt whatsoever that deep state lovers like you are whining here more and more everyday. Must be because we’re making ground exposing your master’s escapades and you’re trying to do damage control.

 

So tell us, know it all, what EXACTLY do the documents say since you have SEEN them, READ them and EVALUATED them in their entirety. Unlike the DNC emails (that YOU ONLY focus on who you “think” leaked them) which are fully intact, totally in the public and complete for EVERYONE to read. Not some secret bullshit being deciminated in bits and pieces to spell out a story that (not only doesn’t make ANY sense) supports a narrative that’s gets more and more debunked EVERY DAY. 

 

Oh my how the hypocracy flies

when you tries and tries 

to create a story that no one buys

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A Man of Wealt… Frilton Miedman Wed, 05/09/2018 - 18:03 Permalink

Ok counselor, lay bare your proofs in admissible form.  Have it authenticated and certified and prepare it for trial.  Otherwise, it seems to me that nothing that has been presented is (i) admissible; (ii) documentary evidence; or (iii) anything other than leaks to the press with a dose of spin.

 

Your comment is the reason why procedural and evidentiary rules exist.  To prevent lynchings based upon nothing more than speculation, innuendo and whispers.

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11b40 TheReplacement Wed, 05/09/2018 - 14:43 Permalink

I won't argue your point, but he can be compelled to disclose his source.  He is not a news person who can simply chose to keep a source confidential.  He IS the source for the WaPo article, and I'm not aware of any special privilege an attorney has to protect a source leaking info from a Federal case. 

Any lawyers out there with an opinion on this?  Can he be compelled to provide his source?

 

Of course, they could break into his office and seize all his records, right?

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Frilton Miedman 11b40 Wed, 05/09/2018 - 15:45 Permalink

That's actually feasible, If he's leaking info relevant to the SDNY's investigation, and IF they (The SDNY) can procure cause that he has a source inside the prosecutors office, it could happen if they wat to protect their investigation, but I doubt it.

The most relevant point isn't the source, but the content, Trump's cooked.....the SDNY likely already has the info, but if they didn't, they do now, and they have it legally via warrant/subpoena.

 

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Frilton Miedman 11b40 Wed, 05/09/2018 - 15:46 Permalink

That's actually feasible, If he's leaking info relevant to the SDNY's investigation, and IF they (The SDNY) can procure cause that he has a source inside the prosecutors office, it could happen if they want to protect their investigation, but I doubt it.

The most relevant point isn't the source, but the content, Trump's cooked.....the SDNY likely already has the info, but if they didn't, they do now, and they have it legally via warrant/subpoena.

 

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Quinvarius Frilton Miedman Wed, 05/09/2018 - 17:15 Permalink

That isn't how it works dude.  The only people getting burned over this useless information are leakers.  I mean honestly, you think Putin reimbursed Trump for a hooker?  Seriously.  Go see a psychiatrist.  You have Trump derangement syndrome.  There is no way a private lawyer is supposed to have any of this information, much less before it has even been reviewed to see if the FBI and prosecutors are allowed to use it. 

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Fireman TheReplacement Wed, 05/09/2018 - 14:56 Permalink

USSA is like a retarded B movie at this stage....same old judaic wars, bagman jewish lawyers, cast-off fentanyl strippers, aging hookers Orange Utang and the Russians under every bed; all that's missing is some old fashioned Clinton murders and a few DARPA disasters in some South American ghetto like Haiti to screw the locals like and steal their orphans for the Pedovore Pizza Factory.

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