Mueller subpoenas Deutsche Bank over loans to Trump

Casey Dawson
December 6, 2017

Today we learn that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is following President Trump's money.

Though Flynn already admitted that other top transition officials - including Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law, and K.T. McFarland, who is now nominated to be the US ambassador to Singapore - were aware of his Russia-related dealings, Mueller is likely to want to talk to him about a wider range of topics, including whether Trump obstructed justice and tried to short circuit the probe.

Germany's largest bank received a subpoena from Mueller several weeks ago to provide information on certain money and credit transactions, the person added, confirming a report by German daily Handelsblatt published on Tuesday.

Deutsche Bank is not the only Trump-related business interest that is attracting the attention of investigators. Sources familiar with Trump's borrowing from the bank told The Financial Times the total he owed is more like $300 million.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's "Russiagate" probe cost USA taxpayers $3.2 million in the first six months, mostly on salaries and benefits.

Despite previous denials due to privacy issues, Deutsche Bank - which has made loans to the Trump Organization for millions of dollars - finally delivered the required information to the investigation, something that implies that the special lawyer has come to the heart of the matter.

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He confirmed the bank in question was Deutsche Bank. And he also has deep financial entanglements with alleged Russian oligarchs and mobsters. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his deputy Rick Gates and former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos have also been charged.

Russian Federation has denied meddling in the election and Mr Trump has said there was no collusion.

On Friday, Mueller revealed a guilty plea by Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, who admitted lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents. That has indeed been a consistent line from Trump himself, the White House and the president's defenders: nobody did anything wrong, all the contacts with Russians were just routine, and there's nothing to hide.

The president declined to say what he would do if Mueller began such an examination, but he continued, "I think that's a violation".

But if that's the case, why do so many Trump associates keep getting caught lying about Russian Federation?

- Donald Trump Jr., in a statement personally dictated by President Trump, lied to the public about that notorious meeting with a group of Russians offering dirt on Hillary Clinton. We have official confirmation that the Trump finances subpoena was never sent, and we even know why.

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