The law enforcement official who leaked a document detailing Michael Cohen's financial records said he was driven to pass along the information because he noticed two other documents were missing from a federal database.
Ronan Farrow at The New Yorker spoke with the official, who said there were two suspicious-activity reports filed by Cohen's bank that were missing. The documents reportedly outlined transactions that totaled more than $3 million.
Cohen is one of President Donald Trump's lawyers and has come under fire for payments he made to women who claimed to have had affairs with the president. The leaked document, made public by the lawyer of an adult film actress who received a $130,000 payout from Cohen after she claimed to have had an affair with Trump, showed Cohen made nearly $1 million between September 2017 to January 2018 from various sources.
It has been reported at least some of the payments were made for inside information on the Trump administration.
The missing suspicious-activity reports, called SARs, were put together by First Republic Bank. Cohen set up an account there for his Essential Consultants, LLC company.
"I have never seen something pulled off the system," the official told Farrow. ". . . 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. That's why I came forward."
The FBI raided two offices, an apartment, and a hotel room tied to Cohen in April as the bureau investigates him for financial crimes.
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