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 TrumpCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Maxine Waters unleashes over Trump COVID-19 response: 'Stop congratulating yourself! You're a failure' Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House MORE’s former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortJuan Williams: Mueller, one year on Juan Williams: Will the GOP ever curb Trump? Nadler seeks interviews with DOJ prosecutors that left 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 CohenJudge rejects Michael Cohen's plea for early prison release amid coronavirus Michael Cohen cites 'absence of presidential leadership' over coronavirus in effort to move to home confinement Free Roger Stone 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) 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.