ties to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

The unnamed whistleblower, who reportedly spent a career in law enforcement, told New Yorker reporter Ronan Farrow he grew anxious when he was unable to find two SARs on attorney Michael Cohen's financial dealings in the database.

Daniels had previously described a 2006 liaison with Trump before signing a non-disclosure agreement shortly before the November 2016 presidential election.

The Treasury Department's inspector general is expanding a probe into leaks of confidential reports about suspicious banking activity by Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, to include an uncorroborated allegation that some of those reports were mysteriously absent from a government database.


On Wednesday, the Office of Government Ethics determined that the payment constituted a loan that should have been reported on the president's June 2017 financial disclosure form.

Cohen has repeatedly said the potential deal was dead in January 2016, but BuzzFeed News reported Thursday that Cohen and Sater were still working on the project well into Trump's campaign in 2016 and that a meeting between Trump and Putin in Russian Federation was not finally ruled out until July 2016.

The ethics disclosure said Mr Cohen sought reimbursement in 2017 for an expense he incurred in 2016.

Cohen is under investigation by the FBI, which raided his home and office last month and seized documents that included information about the payment to Daniels. He watched news reports about the development of his case from a hotel room in Philadelphia last weekend and has told friends "I just can't take this anymore".


Cohen worked for the Trump Organization at that time, which was when Trump was close to securing the Republican nomination for president.

Trump's previous report, covering January 2016 through the first few months of 2017, showed he had at least $1.4 billion in assets and at least $594 million in income.

Novartis has faced public outrage in recent weeks over its payment to Essential Consultants, a company founded by Mr. Cohen in 2016. "I said I believe, but don't know for sure, that it's probably after the convention".

The president said he did not have to acknowledge the reimbursement, but did so "in the interest of transparency".


In his financial discloser form, Trump has listed assets of at least United States dollars 1.4 billion and income of more than USD 452 million. But "it was clear that the deal was not going to happen", said Ruhaimi, who is no longer part of the Qatari government.

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