Mueller Demands Trump's Deutsche Bank Account Details, Where President Owes Millions

Pauline Gross
December 6, 2017

A US federal investigator probing alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election asked Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE) for data on accounts held by President Donald Trump and his family, a person close to the matter said on Tuesday.

Special counsel Robert Mueller spent $3.2 million over that time.

In a statement Tuesday, attorney Jay Sekulow says such reporting is "false" and says "no subpoena has been issued or received".

Trump has done billions of dollars' worth of business with Deutsche Bank in the past 20 years; he has previously said that he would consider Mueller looking into his finances beyond any connection to the Russian Federation investigation "a violation".

Sekulow was responding to a report from German business newspaper Handelsblatt that Mueller had subpoenaed records from Deutsche Bank as part of his investigation into possible Russian involvement in the USA presidential election campaign.

With no end in sight, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office revealed the cost to US taxpayers thus far for the Russian Federation collusion investigation.

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A day later, the DOJ announced that former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents during the investigation about his contacts with three individuals said to have had connections to the Russian government.

In June Deutsche Bank cited privacy laws when it rejected a request by House Democrats to provide details of Trump's finances.

Deutsche Bank had been one of Trump's most reliable lenders.

The Deutsche debts include a loan exceeding $50 million for the Old Post Office, a historic property he redeveloped in downtown Washington, mortgages worth more than $55 million on a golf course in Florida, and a $25 million-plus loan on a Trump hotel and condominium in Chicago, the disclosure shows. Last week Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, pleaded guilty to a single count of making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. And that's not to mention the fact that Trump said on national television that he fired Comey to shut down the investigation, and told the same thing to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister.

The news could also elicit a strong reaction from the president, who has previously said that any attempt to investigate his personal business dealings would go beyond Mueller's investigative mandate and would represent a "violation".

So far, the special counsel has charged four people as part of the investigation including Manafort and Flynn.

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