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White House denies Trump bank records subpoenaed

White House denies Trump bank records subpoenaed

Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigators subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for documents related to business with President Trump and members of his family.

A spokeswoman for the German bank declined to comment on the reports when contacted by AFP, saying only that "Deutsche Bank takes its legal obligations seriously and remains committed to cooperating with authorized investigations into this matter".

A report issued Tuesday on expenses associated with the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election includes a breakdown of direct and reimbursed expenses, such as salaries to detailed DOJ employees who would have been paid regardless of being detailed to Mr. Mueller's team.

A U.S. official with knowledge of Mueller's probe said one reason for the subpoenas was to find out whether Deutsche Bank may have sold some of Trump's mortgage or other loans to Russian state development bank VEB or other Russian banks that now are under USA sanctions. "And his action could be an ominous sign for a White House shadowed for the past year by investigations, turning Flynn into a potentially key government cooperator as prosecutors examine whether the Trump campaign and Russian Federation worked together to influence the 2016 presidential election in Trump's favor".

"The latest news supports our view that Mr. Mueller is too conflicted to investigate the FBI and should step down in favor of someone more credible", the newspaper said.

In a statement, the bank said it cooperates with official investigators but would not discuss individual cases.

He says he's confirmed "this with the bank and other sources".

"I think that's a violation", Mr. Trump told the paper. Earlier this year, Democrats in the House of Representatives asked Deutsche Bank to provide details on Trump's finances, but the bank wouldn't do that without a formal request.

The Trump International Hotel is shown on August 10, 2017 in Washington. Mueller incorporated several ongoing investigations within the Justice Department including those of Trump campaign contacts with Russian Federation, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's business activities and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

But until Mueller opts to bring his investigation into the public eye, we're unlikely to know for sure whether he's made a decision to cast his net so broadly.

Deutsche Bank has been one of the few major banks willing to regularly lend to Trump, who alienated large banks in NY with his past financial troubles. In July, he told the New York Times such an action would amount to crossing a red line.

As Mueller's investigation unfolds, Trump has gone on the offensive.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reiterated Sekulow's denial of the reporting during a press briefing Tuesday afternoon.


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