A former Treasury staffer, with close ties to Mueller’s bulldog Andrew Weissmann and Bruce Ohr, has pleaded guilty to one count of leaking confidential information on Paul Manafort.
She could get up to five years in prison, but she pleaded under a plea bargain, so she will probably get no more than two years.
It would be a slap to Lady Liberty if she is not sentenced to prison.
Natalie Edwards admitted before Manhattan federal court Judge Gregory Woods to leaking secrets to a BuzzFeed reporter in an effort to hurt President Trump.
Later she did an interview with Ronan Farrow in an effort to be able to call herself a whistleblower rather than a leaker, but that did not work out for her.
Bingo. That was a CYA effort with the assist from Ronan Farrow.
She tried to set herself out as a whistleblower after the walls started closing in.
Key quote: “I immediately became concerned [about ‘missing’ records]. That’s why I came forward.”
The indictment shut that down https://t.co/GKsgatj21C
— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) October 17, 2018
Ms. Edwards leaked the FinCEN documents to Jason Leopold, a reporter for BuzzFeed, according to Wednesday’s announcement by Manhattan federal prosecutors.
Hidden in the DOJ complaint is the fact that Edwards’s BOSS at FinCEN is a criminal co-conspirator, and he holds the title of Associate Director.
Investigative reporter Sean Davis reported that there are only six positions at FinCEN with that title (associate director) –
The woman arrested for criminally leaking confidential bank information on Trump associates isn’t the only leaker. The DOJ complaint notes that HER BOSS at FinCEN is a criminal co-conspirator. There are only six positions at FinCEN with that title (associate director). pic.twitter.com/KadGyWrkz4
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 17, 2018
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.