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Actual charges in an IRS abuse case


AxiosJohn Fry, an analyst with the Internal Revenue Service, was charged Thursday with leaking Michael Cohen's confidential bank records to Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti.

Why it matters: Avenatti posted a report on Twitter last May detailing payments that various firms made to a shell company Cohen set up called Essential Consultants — the same company Cohen used to pay off Daniels — for "insights into understanding the new administration." The companies included AT&T, Novartis and Columbus Nova, a U.S. investment firm with ties to Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg.

What are the takeaways here?

Cohen is slimy and may have been improperly peddling his claims of influence in the Trump administration for cash from a variety of sources, some of which may have ties to Russians.

At least three people at the IRS broke the law and leaked a private tax return and/or other private financial data to a private individual (Avenatti and journalists) for the purpose of doing political damage to the President.

This entry was published Tue Feb 26 07:47:20 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2019-02-21 15:44:09.0. [Tweet]

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