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IRS employees accused of leaking Michael Cohen ‘ s bank records to Michael Avenatti

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Internal Revenue Service investigator John C. Fry is that he leaked confidential financial transactions, the former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for adult film star Stormy Daniels.

A veteran IRS employee charged the banking records of President Trump is announced to have been leaking, the former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for the adult film star Stormy Daniels, state attorneys, on Thursday.

John C. Fry, 54, was charged with one count of unlawful disclosure of information, the Reports of so-called Suspicious activity (SARs) and was released on $50,000 bond after appearing in federal court in San Francisco.

According to an affidavit of Linda Cieslak, a special agent with the U.S. Department of Treasury, Fry repeatedly searched law enforcement databases for information in relation to Cohen. Fry, an investigative analyst for the IRS’s ” law enforcement arm, has worked for the Agency since 2008, is accused of, and access to five of the SARs filed by the banks for transactions discovered, the questions, possible financial misconduct.

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One of the reports Fry allegedly accessed Cohen Essential consultant showed had received a total of $500,000 of Columbus Nova, a company in connection with Viktor Vekselberg, the Russian oligarch who donated, Trump money to the inauguration of the Fund. Other payments of Essential advisers came from AT&T ($200,000) and the pharmaceutical company Novartis (approximately $399,920).

Cieslak said Fry In his phone called three different times and then the information from the SARs to the lawyer orally. The agent added, to do that, Fry admitted that when investigators confronted him in November.

The affidavit says Avenatti, the information he received from the Fry to the public on Twitter 8. In may, when he wrote: “Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen have a lot to explain.” Avenatti refused to say how he obtained the records, told Fox News: “This is my work product and are not passed on.”

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The affidavit also includes the exchange between Fry and reporter Ronan Farrow, who wrote a story for the New Yorker magazine about the motives behind the leak. Farrow, who is identified as “Reporter-1” in the affidavit, wrote in an article published may 16, that the law enforcement officials, published the report, had grown concerned after he was not able to find two other reports on Cohen financial activities, which he believed should be a database in a government.

According to Cieslak, Fry, told investigators in November that Farrow had contacted him to confirm that information to the farrowing of Avenatti.

Avenatti tweeted on Thursday evening: “Neither I nor R. Farrow have found nothing wrong or illegal with financial info on Cohen’s crimes (the courts, the [Federal Bank Secrecy Act] applies … And if we (we do not), then every reporter that would be in America, is locked up and not able to make your job.”

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In the time of the disclosures In dispute with Cohen over 130,000 US dollars-payment to Daniel in the days leading up to the 2016 presidential elections have been locked in a legal. The payment in exchange for Daniels’ silence about an alleged sexual encounter with the married Trump, took place more than a decade ago. Cohen pleaded guilty last August to federal campaign finance and other injuries and was sentenced to three years in prison.

If convicted, Fry faces up to five years in prison and a$ 250,000 fine. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 13.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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