Prosecutors at the US attorney's office in the Northern District of California lead to criminal investigation, one of the people said, and the criminal charges in the case may be announced as soon as possible. Cohen's bank transactions became public in May when lawyer Michael Avenatti, an online memo who paid a lot of payments to Cohen from a company linked to a Russian oligarch, pharmaceutical giant Novartis, AT & T , which owns CNN, and so on.
Payments came through Essential Consultants LLC, a shell company Cohen created that he also used to make money payments to clients of Avenatti, adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, to silence his allegations of an affair in Trump. Trump denied the affair. At that time, Cohen's lawyer alleged that his bank records were illegal.
CNN analyzed documents that appear to show these payments. CNN did not approve the documents.
A spokeswoman for a US attorney office refuses to comment.
Bank files are the SARs in the Implementation of the Financial Crimes Department of the Treasury Network to identify transactions that raise red flags about potential criminal activity Unlawful for banks or federal employees to reveal SAR's identity or its contents.
A Treasury spokesperson said in response to the New Yorker article at that time, "Under the long term, FinCEN will limit access to certain SARs if requested by law enforcement authorities relate to ongoing investigation. "
Richard Delmar, general inspector general of the Treasury Department, said that the inspector general's office opened a curiosity due to allegations that fiscal records were "unfairly spread." That investigation continues.
Cohen's attorneys are talking about court filings that month that Avenatti has acquired some of the illegal information. "Mr Avenatti has published some information appearing from the actual bank records of Mr Cohen, and Mr Cohen has no reason to believe that Mr. Avenatti is in legal owned records," Cohen & # 39; s lawyer wrote.
Avenatti fought last year on Twitter saying, "They do not talk, solitary opposites, 99% of statements on what we release. Among other things, they effectively accept receipts of $ 500,000 from Russian-related. "
In an interview with Anderson Cooper of CNN, Avenatti also said that the information is correct.
"We did not release it if we were not 100% confident in the accuracy of the information," Avenatti said. "We are fully confident in the information we release."
Cohen's lawyers also said Avenatti, in his online post, used bank records and information belonging to two other men named about two other Michael Cohen, including a Canadian in Tanzania and other people Michael Cohen in Israel. Michael Cohen said: Stormy Daniels's lawyer publishing information about the wrong Michael Cohen
But other payments received by Cohen from AT & T and Novartis, among others, are accurate confirmed. Companies are recognizing Cohen's payment for consulting contracts and said they have provided information at the office of special advisers investigating Russia's intervention in the 2016 elections.
Cohen pleaded guilty of fraudulent financial campaigns, among other crimes, last year and sentenced to three years in prison. He is not charged with crimes related to consulting fees identified by Avenatti.
A criminal investigation into the disclosure of Cohen SARs indicates that the Department of Justice tracks the disclosure of secret bank records.
Prosecutors at the US attorney's office in Manhattan last year filed a senior adviser at FinCen with BuzzFeed News's law disclosing multiple SARs of Trump-related individuals, including the former chairperson of Trump's campaign Paul Manafort and deputy campaign campaigner Rick Gates. The officer pleaded not guilty.