Donald Trump's personal banking information handed over to Robert Mueller
Dec 06 2017
A person familiar with Mueller's investigationtold the news agency Reuters on Tuesday that Germany's largest bank received a subpoena from the United States special counsel several weeks ago to provide information on certain money and credit transactions, confirming a report by German daily Handelsblatt published on the same day. The news came from German newspaper Handelsblatt, Bloomberg and Reuters, which cited unnamed sources.
The combined $6.7 million spent by Mueller's office and other offices supporting his investigation only covers the special counsel's investigation, not the various congressional investigations of Russia's meddling in the election.
A USA 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 US and European Union sanctions.
Mueller's probe, established on May 17, is mandated to continue the FBI investigation into the Russian government's alleged efforts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
FILE PHOTO: The headquarters of Germany's Deutsche Bank is seen early evening in Frankfurt, Germany, January 26, 2016.
Today we learn that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is following President Trump's money. They said I own buildings in Russian Federation.
Many media outlets included the denial from Trump's attorney in their reports, but the idea of his bank being subpoenaed for his financial records makes for far juicier headlines. "Over the years, I've looked at maybe doing a deal in Russian Federation, but I never did one".
This may turn out to be no big deal - perhaps Mueller will find that all Trump's transactions with Deutsche Bank were above-board and free of any amusing business, and also that nothing he discovers there will lead to evidence of any other misconduct on Trump's part. He had reached a tentative agreement with the government.
There was no immediate response to the Deutsche Bank subpoena from Trump's lawyers.
He confirmed the bank in question was Deutsche Bank.
The Trump family's dealings with Deutsche Bank have been a focus of opponents for months. The Mueller investigation now wants the bank to detail any ties between those trades or other Russian financing as it seeks to identify anyone connected to Donald Trump, his family or advisers. Kushner also flatly denied Russian financial connections when he talked with members of Congress this fall. 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.