There’s even more evidence of suspicious financial activity carried out by President Donald Trump’s attorney and fixer Michael Cohen, according to an anonymous law enforcement official who spoke with the New Yorker‘s Ronan Farrow. But this evidence, the official said, has bizarrely disappeared from the Treasury Department’s database of Suspicious Activity Reports.
In a new article, Farrow identifies the official as the same person who initially released documents showing Cohen’s shady dealings through the shell company Essential Consultants, LLC. This information was first released by attorney Michael Avenatti, who represents Stephanie Clifford, better known as porn star Stormy Daniels, in her lawsuit against the president and Cohen. The documents showed that Cohen received large payments after the election from multiple companies, including one backed by a Russian oligarch.
But the official says that the documents given to Avenatti only tell part of the story. That information came from a Suspicious Activity Report filed with the Treasury Department, but there are reportedly two other reports that show additional transactions.
Only these reports, the official said, have gone missing from the government’s records. It was in light of this fact that the official reportedly decided to leak the initial report, despite the substantial legal risk.
Farrow says that several sources indicated that the missing evidence may not be a sign of anything nefarious. One possibility he mentions is that the files could have been sealed or removed by federal investigators, including special counsel Robert Mueller, due to the highly sensitive nature of their investigations. But one former prosecutor familiar with these types of records told Farrow that she didn’t even know of any mechanism that would allow the reports to be hidden.