Mueller Details $3M Spent On Early Months Of Russia Probe

Trump-Russia probe: Mueller 'demands Deutsche Bank data'

United States special counsel Robert Mueller has asked Deutsche Bank for data on accounts held by President Donald Trump and his family, a person close to the matter said yesterday.

Specific requests of the bank were not immediately clear but ABC News has previously reported Deutsche Bank loaned the Trump Organization more than $300 million for real estate transactions prior to Trump becoming president.

But that report, based on a single anonymous source, was called into question nearly immediately by a Fox News report quoting another anonymous source near Mueller, who said there was no subpoena from Mueller's office to Deutsche Bank.

Trump's relationship with Deutsche Bank stretches back some two decades and the roughly $300 million he owed to the bank represented almost half of his outstanding debt, according to a July 2016 analysis by Bloomberg.

Mr Mueller is investigating alleged Russian attempts to influence the election, and potential collusion by Trump aides.

Analysts questioned why Mr. Flynn, who was serving as national security advisor, was not fired immediately, if he was believed to be lying about the interactions with Russian Federation, which have plagued the White House and are the subject of federal and congressional investigations.

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In a statement, the bank said it cooperates with official investigators but would not discuss individual cases.

"I think that's a violation", Mr. Trump told the paper. "We have confirmed this with the bank and other sources", Dowd wrote in an email.

The Trump International Hotel is shown on August 10, 2017 in Washington. Representative Maxine Waters of California and other Democrats have asked whether the bank's loans to Trump, made years before he ran for president, were in any way connected to Russian Federation.

Deutsche Bank has been one of the few major banks willing to regularly lend to Trump, who alienated large banks in NY with his past financial troubles.

Mueller incorporated several active 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. Spending on the probe escalated rapidly as the investigation concluded, Government Accountability Office figures showed at the time. In July, he told the New York Times such an action would amount to crossing a red line. "Then Justice claimed that providing House investigators with classified material could hurt security or sources".

President Donald Trump smiles as he speaks before hosting a lunch with Senate Republicans in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Washington.

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