Top watchdog calls for a Treasury Department inspector general investigation into missing Michael Cohen documents


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A top watchdog group is calling for an investigation into the reported missing documents related to President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen’s financial dealings.
The call came after an explosive New Yorker report on the documents.
“The possibility that such documents were improperly removed is an extremely troubling one,” CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement.

A top government watchdog group on Thursday called for an investigation into reportedly missing Treasury Department documents related to President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen.

The call came after an explosive New Yorker report on Wednesday, in which the government official who allegedly leaked Cohen’s financial information to the media said he did so because other documents related to Cohen mysteriously went missing from a Treasury Department database.

“The possibility that such documents were improperly removed is an extremely troubling one,” said Noah Bookbinder, the executive director of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW. “This information is critical to effective law enforcement, so it is essential that OIG immediately and thoroughly investigates its possible compromise.”

CREW requested that the Treasury Department’s inspector general look into the matter.

On Wednesday night, the whistleblower who leaked the still-existing financial information said other Suspicious Activity Reports, or SARs, banks had filed related to Cohen were missing from the Treasury Department’s database.

The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow spoke with that official, who detailed his concerns about the FinCEN database. The two reports the whistleblower couldn’t find detailed larger quantities of money being paid to Cohen, he said. One report was for “a little over a million dollars” and another for “suspect transfers totaling more than two million dollars.”

This absence was unusual, the official said.

“I have never seen something pulled off the system. … That system is a safeguard for the bank,” …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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