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Avenatti and Farrow

Looking for the next Woodward and Bernstein? It’s hard to beat the wide eyed youthfulness of Ronan Farrow of the New Yorker and the aggressive, chiseled jawline of the “in your face” Michael Avenatti, lawyer to Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels.

They’re telegenic and very well connected with the alarmed whistleblowers in the government.

Don’t be misled about the number of times you might have seen Avenatti on TV. He’s an amazing strategist and lawyer, forcing the Trump team into many disclosures, lies and errors. He has a lot of information that he’s feeding us little by little, tantalizing is with the most amazing, preposterous sounding plot twists. How does he get his hands on all this stuff?? He even has emails from Cohen to Daniels’ first lawyer after the raid trying to set up new untraceable communications. (Give up, Michael.) Avenatti, and the gutsy lady behind him, might just save the Republic. It’s genius to be representing the one woman in America that Trump slept with who has nothing to lose as far as reputation goes.

But it’s Farrow that adds the journalistic edge. He’s one of the few investigative reporters out there who doesn’t seem to be starry eyed about being in the presence of celebrity because he’s the product of celebrity, the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen. A college graduate at 16, accepted to law school before he was 20, he worked in the State Department in the Obama administration. Winner of a Pulitzer for reporting on the Harvey Weinstein harassment cases. In other words, Farrow is an earnest overachiever.

This week, Avenatti and Farrow are tag teaming. Avenatti recently disclosed a SAR, or Suspicious Activity Report, that was filed against Essential Consultants LLC, the entity that Michael Cohen created to handle payoffs to porn stars and other business activity. That’s how we discovered that Novartis and ATT paid Cohen for what looks like protection money. But there’s more, oh yes, much more.

Because that SAR got filed with the Treasury Department in a department called FinCEN. That stands for Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. FinCEN maintains a database of SARs from banks and other financial institutions. Anyone at a bank who interacts with customers is trained to recognize signs of fraud, money laundering and other crimes.

This is where Farrow comes in.

It turns out that the FinCEN record connected to the SAR that Avenatti revealed last week made reference to two other SARs. The amount of money involved is $3 Million. The problem is that the FinCEN records for those two other SARs are … missing.

The law enforcement official who discovered that the SARs are missing was so alarmed by this that he leaked the first SAR to Avenatti. Farrow followed up on the missing SARs. According to the sources he contacted who have experience in this area, missing SARs are very rare. Says the whistleblower:

“I have never seen something pulled off the system. . . . That system is a safeguard for the bank. It’s a stockpile of information. When something’s not there that should be, I immediately became concerned.” The official added, “That’s why I came forward.”

To put it bluntly, there are only two possible scenarios other than technical malfunction to explain how this happened: 1.) Robert Mueller or the US attorney’s office for the Southern District of NY sequestered them or 2.) someone at the Treasury Department deliberately erased them. Permanently.

Suddenly, I see the FBI raid on Michael Cohen’s office in a whole new light. The FBI raid was authorized to prevent destruction of evidence. I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that Mueller et al discovered the SARs were missing and pulled the trigger on the raid in order to get any evidence remaining related to the transfer of money through Cohen’s hands.

The whistleblower, our newest DeepThroat, says he was terrified of what it might mean that someone has access and the orders to erase financial documents at the Treasury Department. Just thinking about that gives me the shivers. Think about it. If the documents went missing on Trump’s orders, and let’s not forget that he only appoints loyalists, then what is to stop any of those loyalists in any agency from erasing evidence of bribery and misconduct? Or your bank accounts? Or social security information? The possibilities are endless.

Didn’t Deep Throat advise Woodward and Bernstein to “follow the money” back during the Watergate days? It’s spooky how this is turning out to resemble Watergate.

If you’re not watching anything but Fox News, you are missing a terrifying political thriller of global proportions with an colorful cast of characters, secretive Qatari sheiks, shady presidential lawyers, porn stars, pregnant playmates, abortions, lies, bribes, payoffs, basketball teams, rappers, Russians and global corporations. It’s almost too much. But unlike Fox News generated smoke and mirrors and logical inconsistencies, this is more like peeling an onion or plucking a strand in a spider web and watching the ripples. It’s vast, it’s deep, it’s scary.

The movie is going to be epic – provided the Republic survives.

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Found in my Spotify weekly mix: “It’s like someone took a knife, baby, edgy and dull and cut a six inch valley in the middle of my soul…”.

Some lyrics never die, no matter how they’re done.

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