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Thursday, May 17, 2018

The New Yorker: The magazine interviews a law enforcement officer who says they were the one who leaked Michael Cohen's financial documents. The federal government has announced they are looking for this person. The officer explains that he or she leaked the documents because the records of transactions were not in financial databases that they clearly should have been in. The person who leaked Cohen's documents faces up to five years in prison. The source told the New Yorker that he or she knew the risk but felt it had to be done: "This is a terrifying time to be an American, to be in this situation, and to watch all of this unfold."

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The report also refers to two previous suspicious-activity reports, or SARs, that the bank had filed, which documented even larger flows of questionable money into Cohen's account. Those two reports detail more than three million dollars in additional transactions -- triple the amount in the report released last week. Which individuals or corporations were involved remains a mystery. But, according to the official who leaked the report, these SARs were absent from the database maintained by the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN. The official, who has spent a career in law enforcement, told me, "I have never seen something pulled off the system... . That system is a safeguard for the bank. It's a stockpile of information. When something's not there that should be, I immediately became concerned." The official added, "That's why I came forward."

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-05-16 11:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Who is hiding evidence?
Hopefully more patriots will leak evidence before it is disappeared.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2018-05-17 03:52 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This is HUGE. Not only for the investigating leaker, who violated privacy law and will likely be caught. But how in the world did the suspicious activity reports disappear completely from a Government database provided by Banking officials?

#3 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-05-17 06:48 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#3 Yes, from the article:

According to FinCEN, disclosing a SAR is a federal offense, carrying penalties including fines of up to two hundred and fifty thousand dollars and imprisonment for up to five years. The official who released the suspicious-activity reports was aware of the risks, but said fears that the missing reports might be suppressed compelled the disclosure. "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." Of the potential for legal consequences, the official said, "To say that I am terrified right now would be an understatement." But, referring to the released report, as well as the potential contents of the missing reports, the official also added, "This is a terrifying time to be an American, to be in this situation, and to watch all of this unfold."

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-05-17 10:08 AM | Reply

these SARs were absent from the database maintained by the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN.

Did Munchkin order them deleted on orders of Donny Dealmaker after complaints from "Sez Who" about them?

Dotard was right about one thing this morning. This is worse than Watergate.

But what did you expect when you elected a PO(tu)S who has the morals of a trail of slug slime?

#5 | Posted by 726 at 2018-05-17 10:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"what did you expect when you elected a PO(tu)S who has the morals of a trail of slug slime?"

Slug slimes everywhere are insulted.

#6 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-05-17 11:16 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

I hate slugs, they destroy my hostas.

#7 | Posted by 726 at 2018-05-17 02:52 PM | Reply


@#2 ... Who is hiding evidence? ...

... and why are they hiding evidence?

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-05-17 03:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I expect Republicans will immediately set up multiple investigations in the House and Senate to investigate this matter for several years like was done the the IRS, Benghazi and the Clinton email deletions, right? ....No? ...Oh...

#9 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-05-17 03:49 PM | Reply

Destroying documents during an investigation is not a crime.

law enforcement bringing light to shady, suspicious behavior, is!

Lock that cop up!

sincerely

The "Law and Order" DR gang

#10 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-05-17 04:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

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Where are Donny and Co's defenders today?

This is big in fact this is a YUUUUUUGGE deal.. It didn't just accidentally happen. These things don't just evaporate once they are entered into the database. Takes someone with a fair amount of authority to delete a record. And frankly there should be logs of it. If the edits don't exist in the audit logs things get even more interesting.

#11 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-05-17 04:17 PM | Reply

"Where are Donny and Co's defenders today"

they are busy on another thread sharing their vast knowledge of everything that is as far away from the USA as possible

#12 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-05-17 04:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It is the cover up that gets you.

#13 | Posted by bored at 2018-05-17 04:56 PM | Reply

I have a feeling that Mueller/DOJ pulled the SARS reports so that the information couldn't be leaked to tip off Cohen or those defending Trump. If not, it's just another brick in the wall quickly surrounding Cohen that he likely will never escape from without spending decades in jail.

Personally, I want to see Cohen prosecuted to the full extent of the law, hoping he doesn't testify against Trump, if the allegations, actions and provable evidence attributed to him warrants such. Cohen isn't needed to convict Trump imo, he's just more fruit spawned from the same poisonous ground Trump waddles on.

#14 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-05-17 06:29 PM | Reply

But how in the world did the suspicious activity reports disappear completely from a Government database provided by Banking officials?

Russians, They did it. They are our enemy. Burn in hell you red devils.

- DNC

#15 | Posted by Pegasus at 2018-05-17 08:04 PM | Reply

yea !!!! perhaps even more Investi-cations.... still time to get on that taxpayer funded government gravy train. Free Hotels, Hookers and Booze....

pick me!!! pick me!!!

Why not give us mid-level government employees a taste?

#16 | Posted by Pegasus at 2018-05-17 08:10 PM | Reply

Pegasus white knighting for Putin. How far he has fallen!
#so sad

#17 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-05-17 08:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

So a Yankee lawyer, well connected, works for some of the most powerful people in America, is missing some financial records? I remember a Secretary of State who destroyed 30,000 documents that had been demanded by a legal authority within it's jurisdiction to call for them. A pox on both their houses. If I give a lawyer a fiver, he is my lawyer, he and I has attorney client privilege. Our records are privileged information, that was true until a few months ago.. There is a reason I am a libertarian. The president set by this raid on Cohen has president that no one should support. Do you want what your lawyer has in his office in your files to be made public? Didn't think so. If he took money he wasn't supposed to, they didn't need all the files in his office, public bank records would have made their case.

#18 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-05-18 09:02 AM | Reply

"So a Yankee lawyer, well connected, works for some of the most powerful people in America, is missing some financial records?"

No, the system which oversees transactions--and reports questionable activities--was missing the records. World of difference.

"they didn't need all the files in his office, public bank records would have made their case."

Do you mean the public records that had gone missing? Don't look now, but you've just proven the other guy's case.

#19 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-05-18 09:08 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Wait and watch how revealing the name(s) of the law breaking leaker will be treated like the biggest security breach ever.

#20 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-05-18 09:20 AM | Reply

#19 | Posted by Danforth You do realize that if this raid is legal, any LEO can raid the records of any lawyer at any time, all it takes is a Judge's signature. They can take all files and look for evidence of anything they desire. Have you ever heard of something called the Fourth Amendment?

#21 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-05-18 09:38 AM | Reply

Wait and watch how revealing the name(s) of the law breaking leaker will be treated like the biggest security breach ever.

#20 | Posted by visitor_

Them "law breaking leakers" are what we also call whistleblowers.

#22 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-05-18 01:28 PM | Reply

Any LEO can raid the records of any lawyer at any time, all it takes is a Judge's signature.

Hey! Welcome to America Comrade. WE have Laws even the Lawyers have to obey.

The attorney-client privilege is not meant to enable unscrupulous lawyers or their unscrupulous clients from covering up past crimes or plotting future crimes.

There are situations in which a client is currently doing or planning to do something that is bad, such as committing a crime or destroying evidence, or where the client asks the lawyer to do something bad, such as suborning perjury or aiding in a fraud. That kind of advice is not privileged – it must be produced upon subpoena and it can be coercively obtained if permission to do so is sought and obtained from a judge.

The fact that a search warrant was executed indicates that a federal magistrate judge was convinced that a distinct risk of spoliation (destruction of evidence or of documents) would have existed had a subpoena been issued.

www.forbes.com

#23 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-05-18 01:38 PM | Reply

yea !!!! perhaps even more Investi-cations.... still time to get on that taxpayer funded government gravy train. Free Hotels, Hookers and Booze....

pick me!!! pick me!!!

Why not give us mid-level government employees a taste?

#16 | Posted by Pegasus

Just because you don't care if the president is a traitor and criminal doesn't mean no one else cares.

#24 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-05-18 01:38 PM | Reply

"They can take all files and look for evidence of anything they desire."

As the noose tightens on Little Donnie Dark, his sycophants get more and more desperate.

Look up "taint team" and get back to us.

#25 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-05-18 03:38 PM | Reply

#24 | Posted by SpeakSoftly Treason is pretty easy to prove, did the individual give aid and comfort to an enemy of the United States? Is the Russian Federation a declared enemy? Nope, we haven't been on a war footing with them for 30 years. Is Iran a declared enemy of the United States? Yep, they shout it every Friday and declare there intention to destroy us. Obama gave a 150 billion to them, 50 million in cash. This for an agreement they did not sign. Sounds like aid and comfort to a declared enemy to me.

#26 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-05-18 05:00 PM | Reply

#25 | Posted by Danforth You do realize that if you are rid of Trump, you make Pence POTUS, a hard boiled Bible thumper. I say keep Trump healthy and in office.

#27 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-05-18 05:05 PM | Reply

"Is the Russian Federation a declared enemy? Nope, we haven't been on a war footing with them for 30 years. Is Iran a declared enemy of the United States? Yep, they shout it every Friday and declare there intention to destroy us."

That's just dumb.
I bet even you know why.

#28 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-05-18 05:18 PM | Reply

"Is Iran a declared enemy of the United States?"

Nope. The US hasn't been "on war footing" with them.. well... ever.

"Obama gave a 150 billion to them, 50 million in cash."

As he should have. It was their money.

#29 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-05-18 05:38 PM | Reply

#24 | Posted by SpeakSoftly Treason is pretty easy to prove, did the individual give aid and comfort to an enemy of the United States? Is the Russian Federation a declared enemy? Nope, we haven't been on a war footing with them for 30 years. Is Iran a declared enemy of the United States? Yep, they shout it every Friday and declare there intention to destroy us. Obama gave a 150 billion to them, 50 million in cash. This for an agreement they did not sign. Sounds like aid and comfort to a declared enemy to me.

#26 | Posted by docnjo

Did obama conspire with iran to hack the GOP and defeat romney?
No? Your analogy sucks then.

War or not, russia is our geopolitical foe, who aims to bring down america. Trump collaborated with those who want us to suffer in order to win. Collusion is a matter of semantics, but you can't say you'd be fine with obama doing the same thing now would you? You're just fine with it because you think trump is on your team.

Lastly, obama didn't give them our money. He unfroze their money. Massive difference. But way to repeat the same fox news lies that trump fell for.

#30 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-05-18 05:41 PM | Reply

#30 | Posted by SpeakSoftly, We didn't have to unfreeze those funds while they are the number one supporter terrorism and building bombs they say they want to use on us. Russia does not fund terrorism, they are actually victims of Islamic terrorism as often or more often than we are. Unless you consider posting fake ads on Facebook terrorism.

#31 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-05-18 07:31 PM | Reply

#30 | Posted by SpeakSoftly, We didn't have to unfreeze those funds while they are the number one supporter terrorism and building bombs they say they want to use on us. Russia does not fund terrorism, they are actually victims of Islamic terrorism as often or more often than we are. Unless you consider posting fake ads on Facebook terrorism.

#31 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

You're right. We didn't have to. We also didn't have to get a deal where they stopped building nukes and let us inspect their nuclear sites. Both sides had demands. That's how negotiations work.

Also, if you don't think Russia funds terrorism, you definitely are not smart enough to be here. The problem is that you think of Muslims as one group of people with the same views and some political motivations. It's common for Conservatives. The truth is that Russia does support some Muslims countries that support terrorism while other Muslim terrorist groups also attack Russia.

This post really makes it sound like you are just a Russian troll...

#32 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-05-18 07:35 PM | Reply

"Russia does not fund terrorism"

What's shooting down a civilian airliner then?
You suck bro.

#33 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-05-18 07:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"We didn't have to unfreeze those funds while they are the number one supporter terrorism and building bombs they say they want to use on us."

No, we didn't but that is how you negotiate. They have something we want and we have something they want. If both parties get what they want it's called a win-win and the promises are less likely to be broken. Oh that's right. Trump is not into "win-win". Trump is into Trump wins and everyone else loses.

Good luck with that.

#34 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-05-18 07:42 PM | Reply

You're right. We didn't have to. We also didn't have to get a deal where they stopped building nukes and let us inspect their nuclear sites. Both sides had demands. That's how negotiations work.

I have to say. You, sir, have an excellent mind!

#35 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-05-18 07:44 PM | Reply

#30 | Posted by SpeakSoftly, We didn't have to unfreeze those funds

#31 | Posted by docnjo

And they didn't have to stop their nuke program. It's called a negotiation. A "DEAL" as the fake dealmaker calls it. We do something we dont want to do, and they do something they don't want to do.

#36 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-05-18 07:51 PM | Reply

snoofy only knows half the story:

en.wikipedia.org

Russia and the United States use terrorist threats to control their own populations. Terrorism is a tactic used by small groups to obstruct the functioning of entire nations, in unrealistic hopes of overthrowing them. Nuclear weapons aside there is no comparison between the conventional fire power of the United States and all other countries in the world combined. Furthermore, the United States is willing to use that military power against unarmed civilians everywhere else in the world, whether they asked for it or not. These crimes are far worse than any acts any terrorists are capable of, let alone ever carried out. Russia has 8 foreign military bases and the USA has 800. The USA has placed missile bases on the Eastern and Western borders of Russia in order to further a long standing military first strike plan. Any such plan is nuts, nuclear weapons render conventional forces irrelevant. As with chemical weapons, winds can do as much damage to the aggressor, as the target.

The USA has a long post WWII record of winning every battle and losing every war for lack of popular support in foreign lands and its logical disconnects between domestic propaganda, foreign military brutality and military industrial complex spending, which became an end in itself.

#37 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-05-19 01:56 PM | Reply

#33 what's shooting down a civilian airliner then?

Beats me maybe you should ask the passengers on Iranian Air flight 655

#38 | Posted by bruceaz at 2018-05-19 04:23 PM | Reply

Did I ever claim the US doesn't engage in terrorism?
We have about one percent of our adult population in prison.
We have a city that has poisoned tap water, by design.
And that's just on the domestic front.

#39 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-05-19 04:40 PM | Reply

#39 ok, good post Snoofy , I get it.

#40 | Posted by bruceaz at 2018-05-19 04:44 PM | Reply

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