A law enforcement official has come forward as the person who leaked Michael Cohen’s (pictured) financial information last week
A law enforcement official is responsible for leaking Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s financial information.
The official, whose identity has not been revealed, spoke to the New Yorker explaining that the documents were leaked after it was discovered that two reports detailing Cohen’s financial activity vanished from a government database.
According to the source, the missing reports reveal that Cohen received more than $3million to an account tied to a shell company Cohen created.
Last week, it was reported that Cohen received hundreds of thousands of dollars from various businesses to that account.
‘Why just those two missing?’ the official asked, saying they fear the contents of those two reports might be permanently withheld. ‘That’s what alarms me the most.’
The official told the New Yorker they were worried the information was being withheld from law enforcement, so they released the remaining documents.
The leaked documents, which ended up in the hands of Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti, show that Cohen used the shell company, Essential Consultants LLC, to receive large payments from a number of firms before the 2016 election.
The official said they leaked the documents because two suspicious-activity reports detailing Cohen’s financial activities were missing from a government database
Cohen works as a personal lawyer for president Donald Trump (pictured). The missing reports supposedly revealed that Cohen received more than $3million in an account linked to a shell company he created before the presidential election
The payments were detailed in a ‘suspicious-activity report’ filed by First Republic Bank, where Essentials Consults maintained an account. The document revealed that Cohen was paid by the pharmaceutical company Novartis, the telecommunications giant A.T. & T., and an investment firm with ties to the Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg.
The document also refers to two other suspicious-activity reports that the bank filed. Those reports, which are missing from the government database maintained by the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, documented millions in questionable money paid to Cohen.
‘I have never seen something pulled off the system,’ the law enforcement official told the New Yorker. ‘That system is a safeguard for the bank. It”s a stockpile of information. When something’s not there that should be, I immediately become concerned. That’s why I came forward.’
According to the outlet, it appears that Cohen misled First Republic Bank on the purpose of the Essential Consultants. He reportedly said the company was devoted to him ‘using his experience in real estate to consult on commercial and residential’ deals and that the payments made to the account would be modest and within the United States.
Avenatti mocked Cohen as a ‘brilliant renaissance man’
Compliance officers wrote in the report that ‘a significant portion of the target account deposits continue to originate from entities that have no apparent connection to real estate or apparent need to engage Cohen as a real estate consultant.
The compliance officers also noted that a ‘significant portion’ of deposits made to the account came from foreign entities.
He also used the account for personal expenses, such as paying credit card bills and car payments, the outlet reports.
The official who leaked the documents said they are aware of the potential risks and possible legal consequences, but fears that the missing reports might suppressed pushed them forward.
‘We’ve accepted this as normal, and it is not normal. Things that stand out as abnormal, like documents being removed from a system, are of grave concern to me,’ the law enforcement official said, adding, ‘To say that I am terrified right now would be an understatement.’