Deutsche Bank gets subpoena from Mueller on Trump accounts

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Deutsche Bank gets subpoena from Mueller on Trump accounts

USA special counsel Robert Mueller has asked Germany's Deutsche Bank to provide records of accounts held by Donald Trump, according to reports.

Robert Mueller, who is heading the Russian Federation investigation, has reportedly demanded Deutsche Bank hand over details of Trump's accounts with the organization.

The bank subpoena is the latest sign that the Special Counsel is casting a wide net, potentially going far beyond the original investigation into Russian interference in the election and and searching for any past wrongdoing by the president, his family, his aides, and his associates.

In June, the German bank rejected requests for account records by Democrats in the US House of Representatives to provide details of the president's finances.

Deutsche Bank, which is one of the Trump Organisation's major lenders on its real estate projects, said it would not comment on any of its clients.

The bank told Bloomberg, in a statement, that it had always cooperated with investigating authorities.

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Mr Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion with Russian Federation, calling the allegations a "witch hunt". Sources familiar with Trump's borrowing from the bank told The Financial Times the total he owed is more like $300 million.

Regulators were analyzing whether the Trump Organization exposed the bank to risk due to bankruptcies in casino and hotel businesses, CBS reported.

Trump was previously caught in litigation with the bank over outstanding balances on construction loans. Two other Trump figures, former campaign chair Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, have been arrested on money laundering charges.

Speculation has also mounted in the days since Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation that the Special Counsel may be building a case for obstruction of justice against the president.

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

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