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Mueller's Team Spent $3.2M On Russia Probe From May Through September

Mueller's Team Spent $3.2M On Russia Probe From May Through September

The probe into Russia's influence over the last staged elections in the United States of America has continued to gather steam as U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly asked Germany's Deutsche Bank to provide records of accounts held by President Donald Trump.

The Guardian, citing German newspaper Handelsblatt, reported that the bank has since cooperated with the request and handed over banking records to investigators.

Mr Mueller is investigating claims of collusion between Mr Trump and Russian Federation.

Statues stand outside a Deutsche Bank AG bank branch in Frankfurt, Germany, on October 20, 2016.

The White House has said reports asserting special counsel Robert Mueller subpoenaed financial records connected to the President "are completely false".




In an interview this past July Trump told The New York Times that Mueller would cross a red line if he examined his or his family's finances. After a string of bankruptcies and broken promises, pretty much every other major bank stopped lending Trump money some years ago.

Deutsche Bank had been one of Trump's most reliable lenders. He had reached a tentative agreement with the government.

Trump has done billions of dollars' worth of business with Deutsche Bank in the past 20 years; he has previously said that he would consider Mueller looking into his finances beyond any connection to the Russian Federation investigation "a violation".

Camera IconRobert Mueller has asked a German bank to look at account information of Donald Trump and his family. Mueller's subpoena to Deutsche Bank may be aimed at exploring those claims. Law professor Ryan Goodman suggests that Mueller could be trying to determine if Trump's loans from the bank were guaranteed by Russian interests, which could mean he was indebted to them in ways that could compromise him.

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. And he also has deep financial entanglements with alleged Russian oligarchs and mobsters. Mueller incorporated several ongoing investigations within the Justice Department including those of Trump campaign contacts with Russian Federation, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's business activities and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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