Trump lawyer denies subpoena

Source:Reuters Published: 2017/12/6 23:23:40

Deutsche Bank handed documents to investigators: source


A US federal investigator probing alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election asked Deutsche Bank for data on accounts held by President Donald Trump and his family, a person close to the matter said on Tuesday, but Trump's lawyer denied any such subpoena had been issued.

Germany's largest bank received a subpoena from Special Counsel Robert Mueller weeks ago to provide information on certain money and credit transactions, the person said, without giving details, adding that key documents had been handed over in the meantime.

Deutsche Bank has lent the Trump Organization hundreds of millions of dollars for real estate ventures and is one of the few major lenders that has given large amounts of credit to Trump in the past decade. A string of bankruptcies at his hotel and casino businesses during the 1990s made most of Wall Street wary of extending him credit.

Mueller is investigating alleged Russian attempts to influence the election, and potential collusion by Trump aides. Russia has denied US intelligence agencies' conclusion that it meddled in the election and Trump has said there was no collusion with Moscow.

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.

"We have confirmed that the news reports that the Special Counsel had subpoenaed financial records relating to the president are false," Sekulow told Reuters in a statement.

He later said the bank in question was Deutsche Bank. A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment.

A Deutsche Bank spokesman in New York reiterated an earlier statement that the bank takes "its legal obligations seriously and remains committed to cooperating with authorized investigations into this matter."

A US 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 now under US and European Union sanctions.



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