Whoever spoon-fed porn star Stormy Daniels‘ attorney Michael Avenatti the bank records of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, may be in serious legal trouble.
Or, shall we just say Michael Cohen, as it’s being reported that the list of payments Avenatti provided in a seven-page dossier include accounts of men named Michael Cohen — a common name — who have no affiliation with Trump.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 10, 2018
Regardless of whose account Avenatti was given records from, Treasury Department Inspector General Eric Thorson launched an investigation into whether confidential banking information was improperly leaked, the Washington Post reported.
Inspector General spokesman Rich Delmar, speaking to Bloomberg News, confirmed the probe:
“We are conducting an inquiry into possible improper dissemination of Bank Secrecy Act information, predicated on information that was in the ‘New York Times’ article earlier this week.”
Bloomberg noted under the Bank Secrecy Act, “financial institutions are required to report suspicious transactions to the Treasury. Unauthorized disclosure of these so-called suspicious-activity reports is a criminal offense.”
Avenatti told The Post, “The source or sources of our information is our work product and nobody’s business.”
“They can investigate all they want,” he continued. “But what they should be doing is releasing to the American public the three Suspicious Activity Reports filed on Michael Cohen’s account.”
Pointing to “our media strategy and how often I’m on CNN,” Avenatti told Anderson Cooper that “people” are providing him with information.
“Because we’re so out front on this, people send us information, people want to help our cause. People contact us with information,” he said.
In an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Avenatti was adamant that his information was accurate and stressed that he has more.
“We stand behind it, 100 percent there’s no question it’s accurate,” he insisted. “We haven’t released all the evidence that we have.”
Of course, that was before reports that he had dirt on the WRONG Michael Cohen.
Trump’s attorney was confronted by reporters on Wednesday and responded with a short answer, “His document is inaccurate.”
— Christina Moore (@Cmoore704) May 9, 2018
Cohen’s attorney released a statement that said some of the information Avenatti released is “inaccurate,” and that some of the information is from his client’s bank records, which would be unlawful for Avenatti to have.
BREAKING: Michael Cohen's lawyers file a letter saying Avenatti's document contains inaccurate information: pic.twitter.com/BmcGnMAZPs
— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) May 9, 2018
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