Ex-Treasury Employee Pleads Guilty To Leaking Trump Team Information After Dramatic Bust; Here’s What Went Down

(Tea Party PAC) – A former top official for the Treasury Department has pleaded guilty to conspiracy for leaking confidential banking reports that were associated with members of the Trump campaign after a rather dramatic arrest back in 2018.

Apparently when authorities busted her, she had a flashdrive in her hand that was full of sensitive documentation. Talk about getting caught with your hand in the cookie jar. Yikes.

Here’s more information on what went down via Fox News:

Natalie Edwards, 41, entered the plea in Manhattan federal court, where U.S. District Judge Gregory H. Woods set sentencing for June 9. Although the conspiracy charge carried a potential penalty of up to five years in prison, Edwards signed a plea deal with prosecutors that recommended a potential prison sentence of zero to six months.

Edwards was a senior adviser at Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, also known as FinCEN. Prosecutors said her crime began in October 2017 and continued for a year, with Edwards sending a BuzzFeed News reporter numerous Suspicious Activity Reports (“SARs”). Banks must file SARs with the Treasury Department when they spot transactions raising questions about possible financial misconduct such as money laundering, but federal law strictly limited their disclosure.

The SARs related to wire transfers made by Paul Manafort and other figures in former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, including campaign official Richard Gates, Maria Butina and the Russian Embassy.

As law enforcement swooped in, she was carrying a government-issued USB flash drive containing not only thousands of SARs, but also “highly sensitive material relating to Russia, Iran, and the terrorist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,” prosecutors said.

“Edwards is not known to be involved in any official FinCEN project or task bearing these file titles or code names,” prosecutors said at the time.

“I am sorry for what I have done and I apologize to you, your honor, and the court,” Edwards said.

Her arrest came on the heels of other high-profile, leak-related prosecutions under the Trump administration, which had pledged to go on the offensive against leakers whom the president has called “traitors and cowards.”

Prosecutors pointed to about a dozen related stories published by BuzzFeed News over the past year-and-a-half, including an article headlined, “GOP Operative Made ‘Suspicious’ Cash Withdrawals During Pursuit of Clinton Emails.”

Another article was titled, “These 13 Wire Transfers Are A Focus of the FBI Probe Into Paul Manafort.”

She transmitted the SARs to the reporter by “taking photographs of them and texting the photographs” using an encrypted application, according to charging documents, which showed that Edwards eventually confessed to doing so. FBI agents obtained a pen register and trap-and-trace order for Edwards’ cellphone during their investigation.

Edwards additionally sent or described to the BuzzFeed News reporter internal government emails or correspondence related to the reports and investigative memos and intelligence assessments published by her agency’s intelligence division, prosecutors said.

When the judge asked her if she knew she was committing a crime, Edwards said she did not “know of the regulation” at the time but she knew about the federal Whistleblower Protection Act.

After consulting with her lawyer, Marc Agnifilo, she said she admitted that she agreed to disclose the SARs.

She added: “I was not allowed under the law to disclose it.”

Outside court, Agnifilo said the case illustrated how “one’s subjective motivations really do not serve as a defense.”

“She said: ‘You know, if I can’t trust government officials to handle this, I think I can trust the media to handle this and to bring this to the attention of the American people,'” the lawyer said.

This is just proof that folks on the inside are at work against President Trump. A lot of folks laugh and call you a card carrying member of the tinfoil hat brigade if you dare to mention the Deep State, but the truth of the matter is that we know this shadowy group exists inside the government and in other places, waiting in the dark to try and nail Trump to the wall for anything and everything.

It’s pathetic and sad, but true nonetheless. These individuals truly believe liberalism is what’s best for America’s future, despite all of the evidence to the contrary. This is what makes the left so dangerous. They are zealous for the cause and willing to do whatever it takes to make their dreams a reality, no matter how many people they destroy in the process.

Source: foxnews.com/politics/treasury-natalie-edwards-leaking-trump-documents-guilty-plea

32 COMMENTS

  1. Jesus spoke of wolves among sheep. Applies here too. We all must be more discerning of who we trust. This is another battle in the War against good and evil. Plain and simple.

  2. Our Country is being ran by 2 Governments.
    This is not conspiracy theory but the truth.
    The Clintons were too long in power and have corrupted our Nation. They sold out America for money. The Worst Crooks of Countries History. Greedy Evil Mafia Crooks **********
    It will take years to change the Damage that The Clinton’s have done to America but if we love America we must start with a bite of The Elephant at a time.
    Vote Every Democrat Out of Office.

    • THREE GOVERNMENTS. THE COMMUNIST DEMOCRAT PARTY. THE COMMUNIST MEDIA AND THE TRUMPETEERS WHO WON THE ELECTION.

  3. Hey AML investigators
    SARS are a joke….
    SARS merely keep the banks from being audited by the government.
    If you think you’re sending people to jail, wow!!!!

  4. I wouldn’t be surprised if she were really CIA and seconded to Treasury years ago. Using Operation Mockingbird, the CIA has seeded its people throughout the government and media.

  5. She deserves at least 20 years or more, I bet she was not leaking for free. I like to know how much this b!tch was getting paid to sell out our Country? I say Lock her up and no slap on the wrist.

  6. [“These individuals truly believe liberalism is what’s best for America’s future, despite all of the evidence to the contrary.”]

    So did all Socialists and Communists, such as Italy’s Mussolini and his Socialist Fascist Party, Germany’s Hitler and his Socialist Nazi Party, Russia’s Lenin and his Socialist Bolshevik Party, China’s Mao and his Red Communist Party, North Korea’s Il Un and his Communist Party, Cuba’s Castro and his Socialist & Communist Party, and Venezuela’s Chavez & Maduro and their Socialist Party.

    All Socialists & Communists were first Liberals, as today’s new Socialist Democrats’ “coming-out” and admitting their socialism goals are proving. Knowing the truth of these historical facts exposes the ignorance of the American people who accept the Democrats’ propaganda, indoctrination, and lies of labeling the Conservatives and Christians as Fascists and Nazis.

    History has shown and proven these nefarious groups (Fascists & Nazis) were actually always Liberals, before they chose to accept Socialism as their goal. They decided to become Socialists in order to control every aspect of the lives of the people they ruled over, which is being attempted once again here in the USA by the Democrats, despite the proven record of failure and tyranny by every Socialist nation down through history.

  7. Look at all of the comments on this topic and ask yourself: what can we the people working hard and thinking straight have to do to get the deep state cleaned out? They, the deep state and swampees are everywhere! They know each other and support each other and promote each other and protect each other! And they know the liberal politicians and support them who in turn support the deep state. Look at that FBI director now. You can see how crooked he is by the way he looks around. Another deep stater push under the president nose to be appointed to the FBI director position most likely by another deep stater hiding in the president group, just as this woman was in the position she was.

  8. May all these liberal thinkers face the reality of putting their thinking into action. As the saying goes, the earth revolves around the sun, but these people think the world revolves around them alone. She will be arrested again and won’t get off so easily next time.

  9. Why is there always a plea deal for these government criminals with a small slap on the hand. No wonder the corruption is so rampant.

  10. And she apologizes and gets a slap on the hand! Lock her up for a long time!
    All the faithful government employees that have and continue to serve our nation should be outraged at this traitor. My dad sacrificed his life through covert service, as have a myriad of other patriots. He took risks and died too young due to stress and the danger of his position both at home and abroad. Where is the justice in this situation and so many others that plague our nation at this time in history?

  11. Signed a plea deal?? She was caught red ( blue actually ) handed. What the heck is that all about? Were those prosecutors elected? Were those prosecutors, if elected, did their campaigns receive massive contributions from any of the Soros groups whose goal is to install liberal prosecutors, state, city and county attorneys who will reduce criminal charges down to nothing in an attempt to circumvent our laws.

    • Question: Were those prosecutors elected?

      Answer: NO, they are Department of Injustice members of the Deep State (which explains why this Deep State employee was let off so lightly – she followed Deep
      State wishes). In his second term President Trump really HAS to fire all of the Injustice Department prosecutors (but he still needs help so that he doesn’t keep appointing people who are just as bad as the original miscreants – Wray comes to mind along with several of his selections of wrong generals). Ditto for firing left-over Obama creeps in other departments.

  12. This is as bad as insider trading. Leaking confidential information entrusted to you must be held accountable for your actions. Monetarily and criminally, otherwise the door will be open for anyone to do the same illegal activity without repercussion.

  13. This follower of the DUMPACRAPANYWHERE party and the worshiper of Junkets, Juntas and Mammon’s should be sentenced to the giggert

  14. The Executive Branch needs to prosecute these traitors to the fullest extent of the law and stop letting these traitors off with a slap on the hand. The charges need to stick and excuses by traitors need to be dismissed. They know what they’re doing when they do the dirty deed(s). They know their actions are traitorous and they know full well the consequences of their actions. Put them in prison where they belong.

  15. If the Judge doesn’t throw out the plea deal and give this Federal employee the maximum sentence, then the truth about our Justice system is they are just as crooked as the Politicians. This individual broke her oath of government service and deserve the maximum punishment to start to restore the faith of government service. If this doesn’t happen we’re truly headed down the path of destruction.

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