Robert Mueller narrows his siege on Donald Trump. The special prosecutor investigating Russian plot has asked Deutsche Bank for information on accounts and loans received by U.S. president and his family. Trump warned in July that he would consider any attempt by Mueller to inquire into his fortune an overlimiting of his duties. "I think it's a violation." Look, this is about Russia, "said Republican n and did not rule out firing investigator."Learn More
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The judicial order of special prosecutor to largest German bank arrived "a few weeks ago", according to sources quoted by newspaper Handelsblatt. Deutsche Bank has already sent main information to Mueller's team, which called for "specific financial and credit transaction data with Trump family," according to Rotary. In an internal investigation, entity "has not yet found suspicious connections between Trump and Russia."
During his career as a real estate developer in New York, Trump has accumulated a long history of business with Deutsche Bank, who came to his aid when few wanted to lend him after chaining in Nineties bankruptcies in his hotels and casinos.
The business conglomerate of president owed in July 2016 about 300 million dollars to German bank, according to Bloomberg agency. Trump's wife, Melania, her daughter Ivanka and her son-in-law Jared Kushner are also clients of entity. Ivanka and Jared are also advisors to Republican in White House.
Deutsche Bank rejected in June, alleging privacy of its clients, a request of democratic congressmen on information from Trump's accounts. In January, in an independent case, US and United Kingdom imposed German bank a $630 million fine for removing 10 billion from Russia through a false transaction system that could have been used to launder money.
At behest of Department of Justice, not White House, Mueller, veteran exdirector of FBI and renowned lawyer, investigates since May if Trump's entourage was coordinated with Russia in maneuvers promoted by Moscow during 2016 campaign to help Republican to win election. Trump denies any collusion, while Russia rejects accusation of electoral interference that makes him America.
The Russian shadow, however, has gianted in last few days. Michael Flynn, Trump's national security advisor, pleaded last Friday to have lied to FBI about his contacts, after presidential election, with Russian ambassador in Washington. Those lies cost him post in February. The admission of guilt reveals that Flynn is collaborating with Mueller, who as a counterpart has reduced accusations against him. Cooperation can become a bad dream for Trump after Flynn assured that, in his communications with Russia, he followed orders.
The methodical Mueller holds a delicate game of chess. It does not make any hint on its following movements, but each one feeds vagary on a collusion of Republican with Russia and dread in presidential circle vis-a-vis a hypotical accusation of obstruction with justice Trump, which it Would put against ropes.
In October, Mueller chargeded Paul Manafort, head of Trump's campaign, for several offenses, one of m for washing up to $75 million. They are actions prior to campaign, but limit Manafort's ability to refuse, if asked by Prosecutor, to become a witness in research on Russia. Anor Trump's election advisor, George Papadopoulos, also cooperates with Mueller and admitted to having contacted during campaign with a person close to Kremlin who promised him compromising information about Democrat Hillary Clinton.Can a president obstruct justice?
A message from Donald Trump has unleashed a legal debate. "I had to dismiss General Flynn because he lied to vice president and FBI," he wrote on Saturday on Twitter after his security advisor admitted to lying about his contacts with Russian ambassador.
For some, it is an apparent confession that president knew that Flynn had committed a crime and, refore, Trump could have obstructed justice.
But John Dowd, an external Republican lawyer, claims that a president cannot obstruct justice because he is "head of law enforcement" under constitution. Or legal experts reject that argument.