Treasury IG says reports tied to Michael Cohen were handled properly

An investigation into the leak of sensitive financial records related to a shell company tied to Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s then-personal attorney, has found that they were handled correctly, but the probe continues into how they were disclosed, according to a Treasury Department inspector general’s report.

The records were not removed from a government database as had been suggested in one news report, but had been put under restricted access, consistent with agency policy on matters tied to law enforcement investigations, ABC News has learned.

In the Treasury inspector general report obtained by ABC News, the watchdog found that the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FINCEN, provided “sufficient justification and review” to restrict access to three Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) -- reports filed by financial institutions to flag questionable banking transactions -- because they related to ongoing law enforcement activity.

In May, the...

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