Special counsel Robert Mueller has issued a subpoena to Germany's largest bank in a possible sign the investigation into Russian election interference may be expanding toward President Trump's finances.
A USA 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 that now are under US and European Union sanctions.
He says he's confirmed "this with the bank and other sources".
Deutsche Bank is not the only Trump-related business interest that is attracting the attention of investigators.
Although limited in detail, the spending report offers the first insight into the scope and scale of Mueller's investigation, which has resulted so far in criminal charges against four people who worked on Trump's presidential campaign.
Camera IconRobert Mueller has asked a German bank to look at account information of Donald Trump and his family.
That last one was just one piece of a broad campaign Trump undertook to hinder the Russian Federation investigation in general and the investigation of Flynn in particular, which reportedly included asking top officials in the intelligence community to pressure the FBI to shut it down and pressing Republican senators to end their own investigation.More news: New York Attorney General Wants Net Neutrality Vote to Be Delayed
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Mueller reports to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed him, although the rule gives a special counsel broad discretion to run the investigation without regularly consulting with the department or requesting its approval. Kushner also flatly denied Russian financial connections when he talked with members of Congress this fall. Mueller also disclosed that he secured a guilty plea from George Papadopoulos, who was a junior foreign-policy adviser to the Trump campaign, for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about contacts with Russian operatives.
- There's the question of whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation, for which we already have ample evidence.
"I think that's a violation", Mr. Trump told the paper.
On December 1, Mueller reached a plea agreement with former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to giving misleading the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with then Russian Ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak.
White House lawyers declined to comment on Mueller's expenditures.
So far, the probe has resulted in two indictments and two guilty pleas, none of which are in any way related to charges of "links and/or coordination" with Russian Federation.