Treasury adviser pleads guilty to making unauthorized disclosures in case involving Manafort

Treasury adviser pleads guilty to making unauthorized disclosures in case involving Manafort

A senior adviser to the Treasury Department on Monday pleaded guilty to conspiring to unlawfully leak information about President TrumpDonald John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants MORE’s former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortFree Roger Stone Trump tweets test Attorney General Barr Maxine Waters blasts Trump as 'mafia boss' over Stone case MORE to the media, according to Bloomberg.

Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards pleaded guilty in federal court in Manhattan to conspiring to make unauthorized disclosures while she was working at the department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

Edwards had been charged with leaking suspicious activity reports to a journalist. In January, her attorney reportedly defended her actions as civic whistleblowing and said the federal government was targeting her for “doing the right thing.”

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The Justice Department’s prosecution of Edwards and former IRS analyst John Fry, who pleaded guilty to leaking suspicious activity reports pertaining to Trump’s former attorney Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenFree Roger Stone Trump calls the Russia investigation 'bulls---' CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE, represent an escalation against leaks to the media, according to Bloomberg.

Federal prosecutors said Edwards leaked data relating to payments connected to Manafort and the Trump campaign’s former deputy manager Richard Gates, as well as Prevezon Holdings, a Russian company linked to money laundering and gun-rights activist Maria ButinaMaria ButinaTreasury adviser pleads guilty to making unauthorized disclosures in case involving Manafort Recently jailed Maria Butina rewarded with new show on Russia Today Russia offers Maria Butina a job at human rights commission MORE, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to act as an unregistered foreign agent.

The filing does not specify which reporter or outlet Edwards allegedly leaked to, but cites materials published by BuzzFeed.

Manafort was convicted in August 2018 of lying to officials regarding his earnings as a political consultant in Ukraine and later pleaded guilty to conspiring to illegal lobbying and money laundering, and was sentenced to a total of 7 1/2 years. Gates, who went on to serve as a witness for former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE, pleaded guilty to false statements and conspiracy and was sentenced to 45 days in jail.