Treasury Department Opens IG Investigation Into Leak Of Michael Cohen’s Records

Robert Donachie | Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter

The inspector general of the Treasury Department has launched an investigation into whether or not confidential banking records related to a company President Donald Trump’s personal attorney controls have been leaked.

The counsel to the inspector general, Rich Delmar, told reporters Wednesday the office is currently “inquiring into allegations” that Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) related to the president’s attorney, Michael Cohen, and his banking transactions were “improperly” disclosed, The Washington Post reported.

Attorney Michael Avenatti exposed Cohen’s banking history Tuesday when he released a report that detailed how a Russian oligarch paid $500,000 to Cohen months after the 2016 presidential election. Avenatti suggested the payments “may have replenished” Cohen’s account after he made a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with the president.

Avenatti has repeatedly asked that the Treasury release any and all reports that show unusual banking transactions on the part of Cohen.

The law dictates that banks must file a SAR for any transaction considered unusual that is over $10,000. What Avenatti made public Tuesday could have included a SAR Cohen’s bank filed.

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