Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Mueller's budget tops $3.2 million so far in Trump-Russia probe

Mueller's budget tops $3.2 million so far in Trump-Russia probe

A German business newspaper is reporting that special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed records from Deutsche Bank as part of his investigation into possible Russian involvement in the USA presidential election campaign.

A spokeswoman for the German bank declined to comment on the reports when contacted by AFP, saying only that "Deutsche Bank takes its legal obligations seriously and remains committed to cooperating with authorized investigations into this matter". That's according to a copy of Mueller's report obtained by The Associated Press.

The heat on the investigation of President Trump's finances has just been cranked up even further.

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Deutsche Bank told Bloomberg it "always cooperates with investigating authorities in all countries". He said that they have confirmed it with the bank itself and "other sources".

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. 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.

The Trump International Hotel is shown on August 10, 2017 in Washington.

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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. Mueller's investigation had expanded to examine a broad range of transactions involving the president's businesses, including dealings by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, a person familiar with the probe told Bloomberg News after the publication of the Times interview.

But until Mueller opts to bring his investigation into the public eye, we're unlikely to know for sure whether he's made a decision to cast his net so broadly.

"The White House's chief lawyer told President Donald Trump in January he believed then-national security adviser Michael Flynn had misled the Federal Bureau of Investigation and lied to Vice President Mike Pence and should be fired, a source familiar with the matter said", CNN reported.

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As Mueller's investigation unfolds, Trump has gone on the offensive.

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