A senior Treasury Department employee and self-described whistleblower appeared in court Wednesday after her arrest for leaking the financial records of former Trump campaign officials. 

Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, 40, is accused of leaking to a news organization a series of Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs).

A higher-ranking unnamed "co-conspirator" was also mentioned in the federal complaint, but he or she has not been charged.

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The transactions involved campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his deputy Richard Gates, accused Russian agent Maria Butina and the Russian embassy, officials said Wednesday. The leaked information was the basis for a series of media reports about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. 

On "Outnumbered," Harris Faulkner said leaks are "dangerous to democracy" and former President Barack Obama went after leakers aggressively. 

Brian Brenberg, executive vice president at King's College, said there is a "pattern" of people in the government having a willingness to go "outside the law and norms" because they feel opposing President Trump is right. 

"In this country, we care about process and that means you don't do what she did," he argued.

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