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Trump Deutsche Bank Records Said to Be Subpoenaed by Mueller

08 December 2017, 01:34 | Nina Hammond

Germany's largest bank received a subpoena from special counsel Mueller several weeks ago

Germany's largest bank received a subpoena from special counsel Mueller several weeks ago

Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday corrected contested reports that special counsel Robert Mueller had subpoenaed President Donald Trump's bank records.

Deutsche Bank, the German bank that serves as Trump's biggest lender, was forced to submit documents about its client relationship with the president and some of his family members, who are also Deutsche clients, after Mueller issued the bank with a subpoena for information, according to media reports. The subpoena is part of a probe by special counsel Robert Mueller and his team to determine whether the president's campaign was involved in Russian efforts to influence the United States election.

Holding Trump debt, particularly if some of it was or is soon due, could potentially give Russian banks some leverage over the US President, especially if they are state-owned, said a second US official familiar with Russian intelligence methods.

"No subpoena has been issued or received", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a briefing.

The bank told Bloomberg that they are cooperating with investigators, but did not comment specifically on the Trump case.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller special counsel on the Russian investigation leaves following a meeting with members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee at the US Capitol in Washington DC

Deutsche Bank management is ready to share information about the lender's dealings with Trump and is hopeful that doing so will help end the series of inquiries from Democrats, an executive at the bank, who asked not to be identified discussing private deliberations, has previously told Bloomberg News. The Deutsche subpoenas were sent several weeks ago, according to the Bloomberg report. But the Deutsche Bank subpoena may indicate that the special prosecutor is still looking at a wide range of data, including the president's financial dealings. "The subpoena concerns people or entities close to Mr. Trump". That figure includes a $170-million loan Trump took out to finish a hotel in Washington. We have confirmed this with the bank and other sources.

In July, Trump said in an interview with the New York Times that if Mueller examined his family's finances beyond any relationship with Russian Federation he'd consider it "a violation". In an interview this July, Trump told The New York Times that examination of his or his family's finances by Mueller would cross a red line.

Deutsche Bank countersued and the two sides eventually settled. 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.

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.

Mueller has also obtained a guilty plea from Trump campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos.

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