Special Counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly asked Deutsche Bank to share information related to President Donald Trump’s financial transactions.
Deutsche Bank received a subpoena from Mueller’s team several weeks ago, compelling the bank to share information on credit and money transactions, a person close to the matter told Reuters Tuesday, confirming a report by German daily Handelsblatt published Tuesday.
Deutsche Bank, which has loaned the Trump Organization millions of dollars for real estate investments, refused to share Trump’s financial information with U.S. House Democrats in June.
Asked in July if Mueller would be crossing a “red line” should the investigation veer into examining his finances, Trump told The New York Times, “I would say yeah.”
Mueller’s broad investigative mandate has enabled him to go far afield of the initial focus of his investigation, which was the examination of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Mueller’s focus on Trump campaign officials’ financial dealings led to the indictment of Trump campaign Chairman Paul Manafort and his longtime associate Rick Gates, who pleaded not guilty to money laundering and a host of other financial crimes in late October. The charges brought against the pair relate to lobbying work they did on behalf of a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party and are apparently unrelated to the Trump campaign.
Manafort, who is under house arrest while his legal team works out a bond deal, came under scrutiny Monday after reports emerged he attempted to ghost write an op-ed with a Kremlin-connected colleague to influence public perception of his lobbying work. (RELATED: REPORT: Manafort Broke Gag Order, Ghost Wrote Op-Ed With Kremlin Connected Colleague)
Former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to making false statements to the FBI about his contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The plea deal also revealed that Mueller is cooperating Mueller’s office, fueling speculation that government prosecutors offered Flynn a generous deal in exchange for incriminating information on more high value targets.
Fox News’ John Roberts disputed the report Tuesday afternoon.
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) December 5, 2017
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