BOOM – IRS agent CHARGED for leaking Michael Cohen’s bank records to Michael Avenatti!

We finally know who leaked Michael Cohen’s records to the despicable Porny Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti.

John Fry, and IRS investigative analyst, has been charged with the offense:

CNN – Federal prosecutors have charged an analyst with the Internal Revenue Service with illegally disclosing confidential reports about Michael Cohen’s bank records that revealed that President Donald Trump’s former lawyer had sought to profit from his proximity to the White House, according to a complaint unsealed on Thursday.

The analyst, John C. Fry, was charged with the unauthorized disclosure of a document called a suspicious activity report, which banks file when they review transactions that raise red flags.

CNN previously reported that the Justice Department was investigating the leak last year of the confidential reports related to Cohen’s banking activity.

Fry, an investigative analyst with the IRS’s law enforcement arm, is accused of turning over the reports in the spring of 2018 to an attorney, Michael Avenatti, and of confirming confidential banking information in them to a reporter for The New Yorker, according to the complaint, which was filed under seal earlier this month.

On Thursday, Fry appeared before US Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in federal court in San Francisco, according to the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, which charged Fry, and was released on a $50,000 bond.



Note they say he didn’t just leak the information to Avenatti, but he also confirmed it to a reporter at the New Yorker: Ronan Farrow.

They go on to explain how Fry got the information to Avenatti:

In May 2018, Fry, who works in the IRS’ San Francisco office, accessed and downloaded five suspicious activity reports connected to Cohen, according to the complaint. Those reports contained information about a bank account opened for Essential Consultants LLC, a shell company Cohen created, and detailed “numerous suspicious payments” from a company linked to a Russian oligarch, pharmaceutical giant Novartis, AT&T — which owns CNN — and others.

Another report contained information that matches the $130,000 that Cohen paid to Avenatti’s client, adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, to silence her allegations of an affair with Trump. (Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels.)

Yet another “discussed possible fraudulent and illegal financial transactions” by Cohen in 2016 and 2017 in Singapore, Hungary, Malaysia, Canada, Taiwan, Kenya and Israel, according to the complaint.

About 20 minutes after Fry began accessing the reports, he placed two calls to a number associated with Avenatti, the complaint says, and shortly thereafter, Fry attempted to access two other Cohen-connected suspicious activity reports that the system told him were “unavailable.”

According to the complaint, several days later Fry again called Avenatti, and Avenatti subsequently “used his public Twitter account to circulate a dossier releasing confidential banking information related to Cohen and his company Essential Consultants.”

Fry also called a reporter at The New Yorker, who isn’t named in the complaint but, based on the description of the reporter’s work, appears to be Ronan Farrow. After weeks of WhatsApp messages between Fry and the reporter, Farrow published a story that quoted a “law enforcement officer” responsible for the leak of Cohen’s banking information as saying he did so because he became alarmed that he was unable to find two of the reports on Cohen.

In fact, the complaint says, the suspicious activity reports that were not available to Fry had been given “restricted access” in the system “because they were related to a sensitive open investigation.” At the time, Cohen was being investigated by the Manhattan US attorney’s office, which later charged him with eight counts, to which he pleaded guilty.

Another leaker bites the dust. I hope they prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law and he sits in a jail cell for the most time possible under the law.

I mean seriously, these people need to understand that whether it’s just confidential or classified, they will pay the cost for leaking.

As a side note I kinda wonder, after all we’ve seen from the despicable Avenatti, if this guy ever regrets leaking to such a low rate character. Probably not, because he sounds pretty low rate himself.

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CC
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CC

Isn’t the precedent to place an individual like this in solitary confinement to “protect” him?

Erdnay
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Erdnay

I’m sure a lot of money changed hands coincidental with these “leaks” and “hot tips”.

pybop
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pybop

is LEAKING a sanitized term for sabotage or espionage or treason…

The_Bob_Michaels
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The_Bob_Michaels

If a journalist, or publication, prints information they know to be unlawfully disclosed, isn’t that paramount to conspiracy after the fact?

John Patriot
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John Patriot

He’s going to FRY for this!!

timerunnersc
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timerunnersc

Analyst Charged! Not be a democrat? What a cheap joke.
Where are the charges against Lois Learner, Barrack Obama, H.Clinton and Eric Holder?

Doc4Cruz
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Doc4Cruz

Put Lois Lerner in a cell too

sjmom
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sjmom

Scoop, I remember when you originally posted this story last year and everyone was discussing who the leaker could be at the IRS. Now we know and I hope he pays a stiff price.

Steve Hanson
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Steve Hanson

This and worse was going on since decades. No one cared though.

TomNewman
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TomNewman

Avanetti and Farrow need to be his cellmates for trafficking IRS info like that.

SisterMary
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SisterMary

Who ARE these people, and why do they think it’s ok to divulge private information?

KurtUSA
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KurtUSA

An attorney with questionable morals? Say it isn’t so. /sarc.

Michael Thomas
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Michael Thomas

Fry Fry’s arse. Time to shuffle tons of IRS toads into jail cells.

Osip Mikhailov
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Osip Mikhailov

Horseface will be his legacy.

Colonel Beauregard Sanders III
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Colonel Beauregard Sanders III

Another GoFundMe fortune awaits no doubt.

Covfefe
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Covfefe

I can’t believe that guy Avenatti thought he could be the next US President.

Osip Mikhailov
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Osip Mikhailov

So what happens to Cohen then? Anything that helps his case or being one of those great hires by POTUS doesn’t change a thing because he confessed already?

GhostRider2001
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GhostRider2001

The only thing that could make this situation better is for Avenatti to be disbarred and charged for this crime as well.

Hidyho
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Hidyho

I’m still trying to figure out why Avenatti has not been disbarred. What a sleaze.

Rx No
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Rx No

Good, I don’t like Cohen but this SOB Fry deserves to rot in jail for decades imo for using his role as a government agent to destroy a citizen out of a mixture of spite and desire for financial gain and anyone who does that should be face draconian punishment.

CheetoBuster!
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CheetoBuster!

“Abolish the IRS”

Ted Cruz

MichaelMcD83
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MichaelMcD83

Good to see some of the lawless people at the IRS get their just desserts

I Built This
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I Built This

About.
Damn.
Time.

NEXT?!?!?!

GregJustice
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GregJustice

I think we also need to stiffen penalties for crimes like these. How many little SJW Democrat bureaucrats in particular have access to the most sensitive data just waiting to leak it in order to seriously damage someone? If they knew that meant an automatic 5-10 years in federal prison at least, it’ll stop quickly.

I hope AG Barr finds and prosecutes the felony leaker who leaked classified data to damage Mike Flynn.

EWizzyE ✓JDSon
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EWizzyE ✓JDSon

But Trump is the bad guy in America. Good Grief. This story probably won’t get any coverage except here at The Right Scoop and maybe Fox News. I’m glad this IRS agent is getting charged, and I hope Avenatti gets locked up at some point.

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