Former Senior Treasury Financial Crimes Official Pleads Guilty To Leaking Records of Cohen, Manafort, Gates, Butina and More…

As you review this story keep in the back of your mind that U.S. DC Attorney Jessie Liu has been recently moved to head the Financial Crimes Division of the Treasury Department.

CTH noted last year when John Fry, an intelligence analyst with the IRS’s law enforcement arm, was arrested that something more was happening in the background of his case and the DOJ case against Natalie Sours-Edwards.   Today Ms. Sours-Edwards pleads guilty to downloading & distributing the financial records of people connected to the Trump orbit.

You might remember back in May 2018 when sketchy porn lawyer Michael Avenetti was releasing U.S. Treasury notifications on Michael Cohen received from an unknown source within the Treasury Department [See Here].  You might also remember when New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow wrote a sympathetic article after talking to the leaking treasury official [See Here].  As a result the Treasury Inspector General began an investigation.

(VIA DOJ) Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards Illegally Repeatedly Transmitted SARs and Other Sensitive Government Information To A Reporter Resulting In Approximately 12 News Articles Over 1-Year Period.

Ms. Sours-Edwards, a former senior adviser at the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”), pled guilty today to conspiring to unlawfully disclose Suspicious Activity Reports (“SARs”).

Beginning in approximately October 2017, and lasting until her arrest in October 2018, EDWARDS agreed to and did unlawfully disclose numerous SARs to a reporter (“Reporter-1”), the substance of which were published over the course of approximately 12 articles by a news organization for which Reporter-1 worked (“News Organization-1”).

The illegally disclosed SARs pertained to, among other things, Paul Manafort, Richard Gates, the Russian Embassy, Maria Butina, and Prevezon Alexander.

EDWARDS had access to each of the pertinent SARs and saved them – along with thousands of other files containing sensitive government information – to a flash drive provided to her by FinCEN. She transmitted the SARs to Reporter-1 by means that included taking photographs or images of them and texting the photographs or images to Reporter-1 over an encrypted application.

In addition to disseminating SARs to Reporter-1, EDWARDS sent or described to Reporter-1 internal FinCEN emails or correspondence appearing to relate to SARs or other information protected by the BSA, and FinCEN nonpublic memoranda, including Investigative Memos and Intelligence Assessments published by the FinCEN Intelligence Division, which contained confidential personal information, business information, and/or security threat assessments.

At the time of EDWARDS’s arrest, she was in possession of a flash drive on which she saved the unlawfully disclosed SARs, and a cellphone containing numerous communications over an encrypted application in which she transmitted SARs and other sensitive government information to Reporter-1.  (read more)

There is so much sketchy about all of this – it is difficult to know where to begin.

[Sidebar Question: In 2017 how would Mrs. Sours-Edwards know to search and download the financial records of Maria Butina?  …I digress]

First, within the current DOJ press release there is no identification of Mrs. Edwards co-conspirator.  Mrs. Edwards was a “senior official”; however, within the original indictment there was clearly a supervisor who was working with her: [Pg 13]

What happened to the co-conspirator?

Second, based on the information from 2018 CTH was able to identify that at least one part of Ms. Sours-Edwards leaking was a series of financial records identical to those sent to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence:

[May 2018] Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee told reporters Thursday that his committee also had gotten the Treasury Department data.  (read more)

Which begs the question:  Was Ms. Edwards alone in leaking the financial records, or did both the SSCI and Ms. Edwards leak that material to the media?

Why is this question important?…. Because it will determine what happens with her plea.  There is a decent likelihood, perhaps even a strong likelihood, Ms. Edwards will benefit from the same issue that protected SSCI Security Director James Wolfe.

Watch the plea process closely.  If my hunch is correct, the DOJ will touch Ms Edwards very lightly in their sentencing recommendation as they did with James Wolfe.

Thirdly, along the lines of the SSCI and the DOJ sentencing, it does not go unnoticed that former FBI Director James Comey’s daughter, Maurene Comey, is the SDNY prosecutor in this case.

…”This case is being prosecuted by the Office’s Public Corruption Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kimberly J. Ravener, Daniel C. Richenthal, and Maurene R. Comey are in charge of the prosecution.”… (link)

Lastly, few things shock me upon follow-up review; however, this statement:

…”The illegally disclosed SARs pertained to, among other things, Paul Manafort, Richard Gates, the Russian Embassy, Mariia Butina, and Prevezon Alexander. EDWARDS had access to each of the pertinent SARs and saved them – along with thousands of other files containing sensitive government information“…

I find the “thousands of other files” to be particularly noteworthy.

I would not be surprised to discover those files would include President Trump’s tax records; and/or the records of his business and family interests.

What exactly did Ms. Edwards extract, download and leak?

Perhaps that’s why U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu was moved into the Treasury Dept (?).

As we noted last year, it is highly likely Ms. Edwards was the Treasury Department source for a myriad of resistance articles written by multiple journalists.  Some of the more transparently obvious examples come from Buzzfeed via Jason Leopold, in addition to Ronan Farrow:

October 6th, 2017 –  The Treasury Department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis has been illegally rifling through and filing away the private financial records of US citizens, Treasury employees alleged. “This is such an invasion of privacy,” said one official. (read more)

October 29th, 2017 – BuzzFeed News has learned of a series of wire transfers, made by companies linked to Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, that federal officials deemed suspicious. Many of the wires went from offshore companies controlled by Manafort to American businesses. (read more)

May 16th, 2018 – Ronan Farrow […] there has been much speculation about who leaked the confidential documents, and the Treasury Department’s inspector general has launched a probe to find the source. That source, a law-enforcement official, is speaking publicly for the first time, to The New Yorker, to explain the motivation. (read more)

Keep an eye on the sentencing phase for Ms. Sours-Edwards.  I suspect we have not seen the end of this story….

…unfortunately, as with James Wolfe, I also suspect it won’t be the DOJ to tell it.

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223 Responses to Former Senior Treasury Financial Crimes Official Pleads Guilty To Leaking Records of Cohen, Manafort, Gates, Butina and More…

  1. hokkoda says:

    Remember, the rule isn’t “don’t break the law”, it’s “don’t get caught”. The a Government Party’s Darwinian process is best described as survival of the crookedest.

    So, slap on the wrist, and out the door she goes. They’ll publish just enough about what she did so that the other people currently doing it can cover their tracks better. Sad to see her go, loyal foot soldier and all, but they’ll get a new volunteer to take her place.

    I’m surprised they prosecuted at all. After all, it’s not illegal as long as it’s done to harm Trump or his friends in some way, right? Viva la resistance!

    She must not have had the right friends to block the prosecution entirely. Wouldn’t sleep with the boss, or was one of those people who are really into “office politics” that nobody likes that much. Now she has to hope that people who fear embarrassment will cover for her. Because, they select for crookedness, and if the higher ups get caught, they’re gone too.

    It’s what makes prosecuting Comey and Brennan so difficult. What we see as obviously and blatantly illegal they can claim was an oversight or administrative error. Even if they did it 17 times in a row… You don’t get to that level without knowing how to make what this woman did look like an honest mistake or downright patriotic.

    Liked by 6 people

    • Republicanvet91 says:

      She hadn’t learned the Lois Lerner Lesson of maintaining IT storage devices.

      Liked by 6 people

    • theasdgamer says:

      Maybe she agreed to a plea bargain in exchange for testimony against her higher ups?

      Liked by 1 person

      • hokkoda says:

        I haven’t seen anything in recent DOJ history that says they’re in any way interested in rooting out corruption at higher levels of the DOJ – especially in areas involving “the resistance” members of the Government Party.

        Maybe, but I tend to think they’ll buy her silence with a light sentence, a slap on the wrist, and a very high-paying private job in the Government Sector.

        Liked by 3 people

        • suzbo says:

          She’ll claim she’s sorry, will be sent to department rehab and transferred to another corrupt department. The FBI will assign a stooge to oversee department flaws and adopt new policies to correct the bad behavior.

          Liked by 1 person

  2. GTOGUY says:

    I hope AG Barr is watching these cases and who is prosecuting them. There are still hundreds of Deep State resistance coup plotters in the DOJ / FBI / IRS.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Austin Holdout says:

      State Department, White House, Pentagon, and on and on.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Bill says:

      That’s the hope. He’s letting them hang themselves. All we can do is pray and hope.

      Then if it doesn’t happen and it’s clear we were duped again, well…. Steady yourselves men. Readyyyyy….

      Liked by 9 people

      • noswamp says:

        You see how Barr and Rosenstein and Wray get along? Almost as if all three were cousins. More than the usual comradery. Look at how Barr talked about Wray working with him to “fix” the issues at the FBI. Is Barr deaf? Does he not know what the hell is going on under Wray’s FBI? Clear to me by his body language and tone that Barr trusts this swamprat Wray 100% as he also does (retirement party) Rosenstein. Made me sick when he mentioned Wray in such glowing terms as if Wray actually gave a damn about the FBI and its hard working agents.

        Liked by 3 people

        • son of liberty says:

          Barr is not deaf he is a decepticon and plays the game in the swamp like the rest of the creatures. The swamp will not be drained by DJT but only with blood of patriots and tyrants.

          Liked by 1 person

    • Julian says:


      AG Barr put Jesse Liu in Treasury to contain this issue.

      It’s called cleaning up loose ends.

      Liked by 13 people

    • RC23321 says:

      Barr IS one of those “Deep State resistance coup plotters”.

      Wake up.

      Liked by 1 person

    • budsnblooms says:

      It’s called SES…


  3. Speaking of Maurene Comey, illustrious daughter of Monsignor James, let’s not forget her part in the Epstein affair:

    Liked by 6 people

  4. merrie says:

    Director of FinCEN is Kenneth A. Blanco who became new director 11/8/2017. Associate director of Fin CEN’s “new” Global Investigations Division is Matthew Steglitz. FinCen Office of Public Affairs phone # is 703-905-3770. Somebody in that area code call and ask for Ms. Edwards or her boss and maybe we find out her co-conspiritor. Seems this section of the treasury also includes terrorist financing.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Julian says:

      So that would make Kenneth Blanco a TRUMP man then?

      Presumably Trump has tasked Blanco with cleaning house one must assume.


      • RC23321 says:

        What would make Blanco a “Trump man”? The fact that he got there in 2017? Does that make Barr a Trump man? What about Wray? Don’t be foolish.


  5. bofh says:

    The “thousands of files” on her thumb drive reminds me of Evelyn Farkas’ (old bug-eyes) exhortation to her Obama-era government comrades to save as much data as you can. I wonder how many more of these hags there are out there with stolen data squirreled away, probably in each and every government department and agency.

    Liked by 8 people

  6. Bogeyfree says:

    “along with thousands of other files containing sensitive government information“

    You mean to tell me THOUSANDS of files isn’t worth Max sentence recommendation??

    I’m embarrassed by our Department of INJUSTICE!

    Liked by 11 people

  7. SnapperCheeks says:

    And meanwhile, Gen. Flynn sits…there are so many levels of unfair going on…

    Liked by 13 people

  8. Right to reply says:

    Thomas P. Ott ????


  9. Right to reply says:

    Kip Brailey


  10. WSB says:

    “Additional reporting from Sean Davis shows that one of the Assistant Directors at FinCEN is Thomas Ott. Mr. Ott worked for Fusion GPS collaborator Bruce Ohr at the DOJ. Also, Mr. Ott worked for RICO with Andrew Weissmann at the DOJ –”

    Liked by 5 people

    • WSB says:

      “8. April 11, 2017 – Weissman (then DOJ Fraud Division) leaks to AP reporters information about alleged suspicious financial activity by Manafort:

      — REX (@_ImperatorRex_) October 18, 2018

      It’s suspected that the AP article was sourced with information from Weissman and the only way Weissman could have supplied the information to the AP was through the FinCEN. This information is classified and if Weissmann provided it, it may have been leaked to him by the individuals indicted yesterday. (Remember Weissman and Mr. Ott are connected.)

      8. AP publish the article below the day AFTER the meeting with Weissmann, April 12.

      Er…where did Weissmann get this information? It could only be FinCEN sourced, as it related to Manafort suspicious activity as far back as 2007:

      — REX (@_ImperatorRex_) October 18, 2018″

      Liked by 6 people

    • guest4ever says:


      Liked by 1 person

    • YeahYouRight says:


      I wondered who her PR coordinator was, but looks like you found that, too.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Right to reply says:

    “We know that Michael Cohen was not in Prague. The dossier had the wrong Michael Cohen. Similar to Michael Avenatti having two wrong Michael Cohens.

    So here’s the question: Did someone from FinCEN or a US IC community give Fusion GPS the information on a person named Michael Cohen way back in 2016? If so that would mean that someone in the US essentially helped write that portion of the dossier to help frame Trump.”


  12. Hebo Sabe says:

    Barr is far too busy to deal with this stuff.

    Trust Sessions, Wray, Mueller, etc…



  13. Republicanvet91 says:

    Interesting. According to the link below, she was a school teacher until 2005, worked as a Tech Director for a university until 2007, then went to work for ATF as a “senior specialist” until 2010.
    From 2010-2014, she worked as a “Deputy Director” in some unspecified federal agency. She went to work for FinCen in 2014.
    According to her LinkedIn profile from the link:
    “Her Federal Service consists of the Department of Justice, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Intelligence Community, and Office of the Director of National Intelligence. ”

    When did she work at ODNI?

    Also from her profile:
    “She identified, led the development, and implemented the IC HCES program, which she briefed to Congress. The IC HCES is comprised of all 17 Intelligence Agencies as well as the Under Secretary of Defense (USDI) and the Department of Defense (DoD). The IC HCES promotes shared services across the IC enabling innovation, collaboration, and agility to facilitate idea, resource, and information sharing to enable mission execution and promote best practices.”

    It would seem odd for a “Deputy Director” at some point, working in ODNI at some point, to go to a job at FinCen as what? A “senior-level” employee? Analyst?


    • emet says:

      There are spooks in all agencies, many in key positions. In my opinion. She fits the bill.
      I think she ran every query she could (ignoring the warning banners) on the targets, and those results totaled thousands of pages comprising highly intrusive searches and information much more sensitive than SARs. I don’t think DOJ/Treasury wanted this to come out in court, hence the focus on SARs. Or, let me put it this way, many people know what a SAR is, basically somebody has a suspicion. But how many know what a MOIR is?


    • As a man thinkth says:

      They ALL seem to have crawled out of academia and obtained the elite status of First Class Citizen in the Royal Order of the Deep State. A protected existence where lenient justice is dealt out by fellow members of Deep State….

      Liked by 5 people

    • Blood of Patriots says:

      Why does she have so many names? Also referred as?

      Liked by 1 person

  14. joeknuckles says:

    Maureen Comey is prosecuting a leak case while her father is an admitted leaker in a related case. How can she not be required to recuse herself?

    Liked by 3 people

  15. ezgoer says:

    The coup conspirators are still running the DOJ. Barr is doing nothing to clean it up. Expect no jail time and this no deterrent to stop the leaks. Disgusting. One man cannot fight the entire Swamp by himself.

    Liked by 4 people

  16. Linus in W.PA. says:

    I’m not so sure how long I can continue to read about feces like this and still keep my sanity.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Right to reply says:

      I hear you, and at this rate, everyone jailed for any crime should be set free. It appears those who would lord it over us, are guilty of so much more!

      Liked by 1 person

  17. MNBV says:

    Yawn, suspended sentence / home detention / 3 months with time off for good behaviour…… she’s Admin State so she has all the insurance she needs.
    We just need to improve out training procedures.

    Liked by 2 people

  18. WES says:

    In action terms, we have more evidence Barr is Mr. Cover-Up.

    To avoid being confused by Barr, simply stop listening to what he says!


  19. Julia Adams says:

    Sundance, for once, I hope your guess is wrong. I hope Ms. Sours-Edwards is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and received a maximum sentence

    Liked by 1 person

  20. merrie says:

    What is going on here? Together, Treepers, we can figure it out. Here are a few of my thoughts on what is going on.
    History: When FDR was governor of NY, he knew a community organizer, Harry Hopkins. When FDR became POTUS Harry became co-president. In the VENONA decrypt Harry is identified as “agent 19” in Stalin’s spy agency. FDR recognized the soviet union in 1933 (his first year in office). The previous four presidents refused to do so. FDR/Hopkins began nationalizing industry farming drilling, closing banks, building a huge federal bureaucracy and filling it with communists starting with the Farm Bureau. Once there the communists backed each other and infiltrated the entire govt. causing the USA/ Eastern Europe and Nationalist China much harm in WWII. After the war many of the communists moved into the State dept. and as demonstrated in the Adam Shiff show last Fall, they are still there. German communists escaping Hitler moved into American colleges and Hollywood. Communist sympathisers such as Drew Pearson dominated news media. GOVERNMENT/EDUCATION/MEDIA/communism became the new religion.
    Those communists in every administration since FDR have grown and centralized our government. We all know the history.
    So, what is going on today? First we have a plethora of news sites and don’t have to depend on Drew Pearson/Chris Matthews. That means we know more about what is going on. Second President Trump is shining a light on the bad guys. Third conservatives are coming out of the closet and showing a bit of bravery.
    If we all chip in and add to these thoughts we may be able to see what’s going on and plan a way forward.

    Liked by 1 person

    • jj says:

      Like your comment, CTH has opened my eyes & has educated me since Trump’s Presidency.
      The swamp is so muddy with Generational swamps that Trump will have no chance of cleaning.
      Let’s hope that there will be devine intervention to save the world. We’ve had enough conflicts.


  21. Liberty ONE says:

    Judge….”Ms. EDWARDS you were a naughty little girl. Now, you will receive a SUSPENDED sentence and have to promise you’ll never do that again. In addition, you are free to assume the position you held”. We ALREADY know the drill!

    Liked by 1 person

  22. BitterC says:

    There was another SARS leaker whose sentencing recommendation of 3 mos was given to court last week, John Fry. He is the one that gave Avenatti info on Cohen. He worked for IRS tho, so I don’t think he was Edwards co-conspirator.

    John C. Fry, who worked in the IRS’s law enforcement arm in San Francisco, shared the data in 2018 with Michael Avenatti, the attorney who was then representing adult actress Stormy Daniels in a legal battle over a hush payment agreement to keep her from disclosing a tryst she says she had with Trump in 2006. Avenatti released the information publicly on his Twitter account in May 2018.


  23. JimFromNH says:

    Atty Jessie Liu of Financial Crimes Division of the Treasury Department now works for Steve Mnuchin (Treasury Secretary).
    If he can’t control the departmental games-playing maybe he needs to lay-off/shift some people, and evaporate some positions.

    Liked by 1 person

  24. Jan says:

    John Fry. Let me get the info.


  25. noswamp says:

    I am still holding my breath for Late Spring Barr. He is doing the Potomac two step with Wray and Rosenstein. A dangerous dance with the swamp. I don’t like it or its implications. But I wait nonetheless for Durham and Barr to indict folks. Politics, dem convention, Trump speeches, and ballot fraud all await us this year along with maybe an FF or two. They will stop at nothing to stop Trump. Treepers ready?


  26. Jan says:

    “First, within the current DOJ press release there is no identification of Mrs. Edwards co-conspirator. Mrs. Edwards was a “senior official”; however, within the original indictment there was clearly a supervisor who was working with her:”

    By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times – Thursday, February 21, 2019
    Prosecutors have charged an IRS employee with leaking secret taxpayer information about President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen and apparently using anti-Trump lawyer Michael Avenatti as a conduit to make the information public.
    John Fry, an investigative analyst for the IRS’s law enforcement division, stands accused of finding and disseminating IRS suspicious activity reports (SAR).
    The odd part is that Edwards leaked to the NYT, but how did it get to Avenatti then? This article says Fry “apparently” leaked directly to Fry.
    Or was it the NYT that gave the info to Avenatti?


  27. John-Y128 says:

    The liberal leftist swamp dwellers have burrowed in deep and tight as an Alabama Tic.
    PDJT needs 3 terms like FDR, he deserves a do-over for the crappy treatment he’s received so far, swamp draining is one thing, but removing the exposed swamp creatures takes an extra term.


  28. Va. Senator Mark Warner is also guilty leaking these same records to the press and should be prosecuted.. If I was still on Facebook I would be posting this article on his Facebook page. The people who are foolish enough to follow him should be confronted with the truth daily. ussian-oligarchs-lobbyist-linked-hillary/

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  29. moe ham head says:

    oh gee let me guess the sentence please ok here it is
    a slap on the wrist of her choice , a new car , pay upgrade and judge seat to be named later


  30. RC23321 says:

    What is a better name for Liu? Ms. Bondo or Deputy Bondo?


  31. Rob says:

    Seeing so many stories that make Barr seem like a deep state enabler, I keep coming back in my mind to the fact that Trump does not seem too concerned about these same things. So why should I?


  32. TwoLaine says:

    Where is the press conference on these crimes? They should come out and publicly denounce these actions and name all related parties!

    Liked by 2 people

  33. The normal way this works is the DOJ has no interest in going any farther than this one person. They will leave all the other people in place to continue attacking Trump.


  34. Zephyrbreeze says:

    How or why is it not illegal for secondary parties to leak to the public?
    Why isn’t it against the law for newspapers or politicians to publish items that have been illegally obtained?

    Isn’t that like Fencing stolen merchandise?

    Landmark Supreme Court Cases about leaks:

    Schenck v. United States
    (Supreme Court found that the Espionage Act, which made it a crime to transmit information related to national defense, did not violate the First Amendment because it involved cases where speech created “clear and present danger”)

    Near v. Minnesota
    (Supreme Court said that the government could not stop a newspaper from being published without proving that its publication would be a “clear and present danger” to society)

    New York Times Co. v. United States
    (Supreme Court said that the government could not stop a newspaper from publishing a confidential document related to national security unless it could establish that the publication would cause “direct, immediate and irreparable damage to the nation or its people”)

    Branzburg v. Hayes
    (Supreme Court found that journalists do not have a constitutional privilege that protects them from being forced to reveal information about their confidential sources)

    Bartnicki v. Vopper
    (Supreme Court found that the First Amendment protects the disclosure of illegally intercepted communications by parties who did not participate in the illegal interception)

    The Law of Leaks (Lawfare)

    The Leaky Leviathan: Why the Government Condemns and Condones Unlawful Disclosures of Information (Harvard Law Review)

    Whistleblowers, Leaks, and the Media: The First Amendment and National Security (ABA Standing Committee on Laws and National Security)


    • Learned Hat says:

      Fencing is a great analogy. Can you imagine the police going to a pawn shop owner and asking them who sold X and telling them that it was stolen AND the pawn shop owner saying I know but I am not giving up my source.


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