Mueller subpoenas Deutsche Bank over loans to Trump

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United States special counsel Robert Mueller is reported to have subpoenaed President Donald Trump's financial records from Germany's Deutsche Bank, as part of his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

It was reported earlier that as part of his probe into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, Mr Mueller asked Deutsche Bank to share data on accounts held by Mr Trump and his family. The subpoena is part of a probe by special counsel Robert Mueller and his team to determine whether the president's campaign was involved in Russian efforts to influence the USA election.

But after publication, Trump's lawyers said in a statement that the story was false.

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. "The subpoena concerns people or entities close to Mr. Trump", the Wall Street Journal said.

During a photo opportunity with senators at the White House on Tuesday, Trump declined to answer shouted questions from reporters about whether Mueller had crossed a line by asking Deutsche Bank for information. The bank agreed to submit documents "on its relationship with [President] Trump and his family", which go back nearly 20 years, according to an anonymous source. Trump told the New York Times in July that the special counsel looking into his and his family's finances would cross a red line, so we have officially entered uncharted territory in this investigation.

Earlier this year, Mr Trump said pursuing his personal finances would be a breach of Mr Mueller's role as special counsel.

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Deutsche Bank had been one of Trump's most reliable lenders.

In Collusion, Harding details Trump's attempts in 2008 to default on some $330 million he owed Deutsche Bank for its help financing the construction of the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago. We have confirmed this with the bank and other sources. I think that's a violation. The former real-estate baron has done billions of dollars' worth of business with Deutsche Bank over the past two decades, and First Lady Melania, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner are also clients. The bank sued to force Trump to pay a portion of the debt: $40 million plus legal fees and interest.

During his election campaign, Mr Trump said he would seek to improve ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which were strained during former president Barack Obama's administration.

According to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity, Manafort and his wife do not have Deutsche Bank accounts.

Mueller has also obtained a guilty plea from Trump campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos.

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