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Robert Mueller has spent $3.2 million on special counsel's Russian Federation investigation

06 December 2017, 05:41 | Erica Roy

Donald Trump's personal banking information handed over to Robert Mueller

Michael Flynn former national security advisor to President Donald Trump leaves following his plea hearing at the Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington DC

"Deutsche Bank's pattern of involvement in money laundering schemes with primarily Russian participation, its unconventional relationship with the president, and its repeated violations of US banking laws all raise serious question about whether the bank's reported reviews of the trading scheme and Trump's financial ties to Russia were completely thorough", they wrote.

Jay Sekulow, one of Trump's personal lawyers, said Deutsche Bank has not received any subpoena for financial records relating to the president as part of Mueller's probe.

It also prompted claims among Trump opponents that the President may have obstructed justice, after a tweet at the weekend appeared to confirm he knew at the time of Mr Flynn's sacking that he had lied. During the interview, the president made clear his position that the matter is "about Russian Federation", and that he would consider extracurricular inquiries into his personal finances or business transactions to be "a violation". Bloomberg reports that the main lender for the Trump family's financial empire has begun cooperating with Robert Mueller's investigation after the special counsel got a subpoena for their records.

Mueller is investigating alleged Russian attempts to influence the election, and potential collusion by Trump aides. Deutsche Bank may be glad it's being forced to hand over information. That represents new money coming from an indefinite appropriation for independent counsels, which the Justice Department determined could be used to fund Mueller's work.

A spokesman for Mueller's office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Mueller's investigators have, according to previous media reports, examined Russian purchases of Trump-owned apartments, the president's involvement with Russian associates in SoHo, and the president's 2008 sale of his Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch, Dmitry Rybolovlev. I don't have buildings in Russian Federation.


TRUMP: I can't, I can't answer that question because I don't think it's going to happen.

Trump had liabilities of at least $130 million to Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, a unit of the German bank, according to a federal financial disclosure form released in June by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.

He later said the bank in question was Deutsche Bank. Majority Republicans did not participate in the request for Deutsche Bank, and the bank did not provide the committee with any information.

"The cost of the Mueller investigation is far more than dollars and cents", he told Reuters in an interview. While some critics of the anti-Trump camp are calling the reports about the Trump finances subpoena "fake news", it isn't fake as much as it might be a half-truth.

In October, Manafort pleaded not guilty to charges including conspiracy to launder money and conspiracy against the United States.



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