Robert Mueller has spent $3.2 million on special counsel's Russian Federation investigation
- Author: Joey Payne Dec 06, 2017,
Dec 06, 2017, 0:33
"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. A string of bankruptcies at his hotel and casino businesses during the 1990s made most of Wall Street wary of extending him credit. After a string of bankruptcies and broken promises, pretty much every other major bank stopped lending Trump money some years ago.
"One obvious question is why Trump and those around him expressed interest in improving relations with Russian Federation as a top foreign policy priority, and whether or not any personal considerations played any part in that", the second official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. 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.
Trump, his wife, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner are understood to beclients of Deutsche Bank.
Mueller sought records from Deutsche Bank, a source familiar with the subpoena told ABC News.
"I think that's a violation", Mr. Trump told the paper. 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.
In addition, the department said that its various offices have also spent another $3.5 million to help assist the probe, though those expenditures would have occurred "irrespective of the existence of the" special counsel's office.
All of those loans were taken out in 2012 and will mature in 2023 and 2024, according to the disclosure. Then not long after that, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow confirmed to Reuters that there was no Trump finances subpoena sent to Deutsche Bank.
An internal investigation carried out by Deutsche Bank didn't yield any evidence of connections between the client relationship with Trump and the bank's mirror trades affair, a person briefed on the matter said.
In October, Manafort pleaded not guilty to charges including conspiracy to launder money and conspiracy against the United States.