A federal tax agent leaked Michael Cohen’s confidential bank records to the former Trump fixer’s onetime nemesis, Michael Avenatti, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
John Fry, a San Francisco-based investigative analyst for the Internal Revenue Service, downloaded a number of Suspicious Activity Reports pertaining to Cohen’s banking activities from IRS databases on May 4, 2018, the California feds charged in an indictment.
Immediately after obtaining the SARs, Fry called Avenatti several times, according to the indictment.
A few days later, Avenatti — who’s mostly known for representing porn star Stormy Daniels — published an extensive report about Cohen’s company Essential Consultants.
Avenatti’s report revealed Cohen had used the shell company for various dubious transactions, including the pre-2016 election payment to Daniels in exchange for her keeping mum about allegedly having sex with President Trump in 2006.
In Fry’s indictment, prosecutors charged the Avenatti report contained information that could only have been obtained from the very SARs that Fry had downloaded from IRS servers.
Avenatti did not immediately return a request for comment and neither did Cohen.