Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation engulfs Deutsche

Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation engulfs Deutsche

Donald Trump's banking records have been handed to special counsel Robert Mueller who is investigating alleged collusion between the president's campaign team and Russian Federation.

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer John Dowd disputed that account, saying he had been told by Deutsche Bank that no such subpoena had been issued.

Mueller is investigating alleged Russian attempts to influence the election, and potential collusion by Trump aides.

Mueller, of course, is looking for a Russian Federation connection with this subpoena, but Trump and his lawyers are unlikely to be sympathetic to that interpretation, and will likely cast it as an unreasonable intrusion into the president's personal life - part of the "witch hunt" the president keeps decrying.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, insisted the Bloomberg report was wrong at her Tuesday press briefing. Specific requests of the bank were not immediately clear, but the United States media previously reported that Deutsche Bank lent the Trump Organization more than US$300 million for real estate transactions before Trump became president. "We have confirmed this with the bank and other sources".

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It's not clear who Mueller is targeting or whether other members of Trump's campaign team under scrutiny by the special counsel may also have had business connections to Deutsche Bank. The bank agreed to submit documents "on its relationship with [President] Trump and his family", which go back nearly 20 years, according to an anonymous source.

"We have confirmed that the news reports that the special counsel had subpoenaed financial records relating to the President are false", Mr Sekulow said in a statement. Others, as you'll see, said that Judicial Watch's Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow was the Trump lawyer who denied this subpoena claims.

Deutsche Bank earlier this year rebuffed efforts by Democratic U.S. lawmakers to get more information on its dealings with Trump as well as any information it may have about whether the Republican, his family or advisers had financial backing from Russian Federation. The reason Deutsche Bank attracts so much attention from Trump critics is that the Justice Department looked into an alleged $10 billion Russian money-laundering scheme. We have confirmed this with the bank and other sources. Allegedly the bank helped finance the renovation of the Old Post Office in Washington, the purchase of the Doral golf course in Florida and the construction of an office building in Chicago. I think that's a violation. The bank sued to force Trump to pay a portion of the debt: $40 million plus legal fees and interest.

Mr. Mueller's investigation has led to charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his longtime business partner Rick Gates for work unrelated to the campaign.

Deutsche Bank countersued and the two sides eventually settled.

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