The Washington Post reported late Wednesday that Cohen had solicited a $1 million payment from the Qatari government in 2016 in exchange for access to the incoming Trump administration.
But an individual came forward, anonymously, on Wednesday to claim responsibility for leaking those records showing Cohen used a shell company to receive payments.
The law enforcement official, speaking to The New Yorker, claimed he did it because he was concerned about allegedly missing files.
The revelation comes after President Trump’s newly filed financial disclosure includes confirmation that he reimbursed Cohen.
While Trump has denied the underlying allegations, a source told Fox News on Wednesday that Giuliani came forward regarding the payment because he knew it would be in the next financial disclosure report to the Office of Government Ethics.
I’ve been thinking about this New Yorker story on SARs missing from a FINCEN database and I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade here, but color me at least a little bit skeptical. Here’s why. /1/— Benjamin Wittes (@benjaminwittes) May 17, 2018