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IRS analyst charged with reading Cohen's financial data to Avenatti

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                  The leaked information was about Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, running an LLC that accepted payments from multiple companies as a way of acting in his vicinity. Trump. | Drew Angerer / Getty Images </p>
<p>  The Justice Department has charged an IRS analyst with leaking confidential information on the bank transactions of Michael Cohen, former Donald Trump's attorney, to Michael Avenatti, lawyer. </p>
<p>  According to a federal complaint not sent Thursday, John C. Fry, who works at the IRS office in San Francisco, retrieved several sensitive documents with Coh's private bank information on May 4, 2018 and quickly made a call to a mobile number in connection with Avenatti could access those files and further the ones he did after the conversation because he helps IRS agents reviewing suspicious activity reports – banks like banks and others are required by law to file when they are aware of a potentially suspected financial transition. Cohn's accounts had generated several such reports. </p><div>
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Cohen was Trump's personal lawyer 2016 during the presidential campaign when he paid the adult movie actress Stormy Daniels $ 130,000 to be silent about a deal she said she had with Trump. Later it was discovered that the payment may have violated the campaign finance legislation. Avenatti last year filed a lawsuit on behalf of Daniels in her attempt to void a disclosure agreement on the alleged deal.

At the end of last year, Cohen was sentenced to three years' imprisonment after being guilty of tax fraud and lying to Congress on work he did on a proposed Trump Tower in Moscow. Several investigators, including Specialist Robert Mueller and his team, are looking at whether Trump campaign officials helped Russia interfere in the 2016 election. Cohen will start serving his opinion in May.

The federal complaint revealed on Thursday says Fry verbally admits to federal investigators that he leaked the documents to Avenatti and also made a written statement with the same effect. He faces a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of $ 250,000 if he is convicted of unlawful disclosure of suspicious activity reports.

Only four days after Fry reached reports related to Cohen, the complaint Avenatti accused tweeted that Cohen had been paid $ 500,000 by a company linked to a Russian oligarch. The Russian-linked payment was routed through Essential Consultants, an LLC, which Cohen also accepted payments from companies such as AT&T and Novartis in an attempt to reverse its status as Trump's longtime fixer in cash as companies encrypted to understand the then administration. . Avenatti, according to the complaint, also provided information on the reports to the Washington Post for an article it published on May 8.

The information gave rise to news reports, and AT & T, Novartis and other companies quickly confirmed their relationship with Cohen and issued conciliatory statements. But the source of the documents was a mystery, a topic that was renewed interest after New Yorker published a report by Ronan Farrow, a Pulitzer award-winning journalist, who included a "law enforcement officer" who publicly motivated to leak the information.

The complaint, according to traditional protocol, is not called Farrow, but describes a "Reporter-1" which published a piece for New Yorker entitled "Missing Files Motivated the Leak of Michael Cohen's Financial Records" A little doubt that Farrow is the journalist referred to, as he is the only line on the article.

On Thursday evening, Avenatti, who was named in the prosecution but who has not been subjected to any maladministration, said he did not do anything wrong.

"Neither I nor R. Farrow did anything wrong or illegal with the financial information about Coh's crimes (the courts have found that BSA does not apply – see below)," wrote Avenatti on Twitter with reference to the Bank's Secrecy. "And if we did, we didn't, then every reporter in America would be imprisoned and not able to do his job."

Fry was released on a $ 50,000 band and will then be in court on March 13th.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article gave an incorrect amount paid to Stormy Daniels to be silent about a deal she said she had with Donald Trump.

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