Special Counsel Robert Mueller has spent more than $3.2 million in the opening months of his federal criminal investigation into Russian interference in last year's us election and whether President Donald Trump or anyone close to him colluded in it.
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.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after briefing the U.S. House Intelligence Committee on his investigation of potential collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 20, 2017.
Germany's largest bank received a subpoena from Mueller several weeks ago to provide information on certain money and credit transactions, the person added, confirming a report by German daily Handelsblatt published on Tuesday.
Mueller's investigators have, according to previous media reports, examined Russian purchases of Trump-owned apartments, the president's involvement with Russian associates in SoHo, and the president's 2008 sale of his Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch, Dmitry Rybolovlev.
Statues stand outside a Deutsche Bank AG bank branch in Frankfurt, Germany, on October 20, 2016.
In an interview this past July Trump told The New York Times that Mueller would cross a red line if he examined his or his family's finances. I don't. They said I made money from Russian Federation. Law professor Ryan Goodman suggests that Mueller could be trying to determine if Trump's loans from the bank were guaranteed by Russian interests, which could mean he was indebted to them in ways that could compromise him. But the fact that Mueller is looking at Deutsche Bank means his probe is reaching the very heart of Trump's financial life. Mueller's subpoena to Deutsche Bank may be aimed at exploring those claims.
In November, several Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives also introduced a resolution calling on Mueller to resign, saying he never disclosed to Congress the details of a bribery case involving the subsidiary of a Russian company that purchased U.S. uranium mines during his tenure as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Mueller incorporated several ongoing 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.