Bill Barr just got another leaker. An IRS staffer, John C. Fry tried to play detective and poked his nose where it did not belong.
Which is fine – I am sure many bureaucrats do some shady things when no one is looking. But he crossed the line when he went and leaked the SARs reports – suspicious activity banking reports to Michael Avenatti.
Avenatti promptly leaked these highly personal and private documents to the media – he basically went on ever cable show for a week off this leak doing untold damage.
From The New York Post: John C. Fry, 54, a former investigative analyst with the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, the law enforcement arm of the agency, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of unlawful disclosure of Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs), NBC News reports.
Fry admitted in court to handing over Cohen’s confidential financial forms to Michael Avenatti, the ex-attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels who represented her in her lawsuit against President Trump, with whom she claims she had an affair, which Trump has denied.
Fry logged into the IRS’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network twice in May 2018 and downloaded five SARs on Cohen and his company, Essential Consultants.
SARs refer to reports filed by banks when they notice transactions that they view as potentially suspicious.
From The Hill:
“Fry was given access to sensitive and powerful government databases including people’s most private financial information and he was given that access to do his job as an investigative analyst,” said U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson, according to NBC. “He decided his politics were more important than his obligation to follow the law. In that, he was mistaken.”
Fry faces up to five years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.
When he received the information, which he later posted on Twitter, Avenatti represented Daniels in a legal matter against President Trump over a nondisclosure agreement.
Fry was charged in February.