Robert Mueller narrows his siege on Donald Trump. The special prosecutor investigating Russian plot has put focus on president's finances. Mueller has asked Deutsche Bank for information on accounts and loans received by Trump and his family, according to sources quoted by various media outlets. However, White House and Trump's defense deny that a subpoena was made on "financial documents" of Republican.Learn More
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Trump warned in July that he would consider any attempt by Mueller to inquire into his fortune an overlimiting of his duties, and did not rule out firing him. "I think it's a violation." Look, this is about Russia, "he said n."
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."
John Dowd, one of Trump's attorneys, said that "No citations have been issued or received" on president's finances. Asked by Dowd's comment, source quoted by Bloomberg agency in its information reiterated that German entity has received a request from Mueller team. Waiting to clarify both versions, one possibility is that divergences are result of different legal terminologies.
As a real estate developer in New York, Trump has a long history of business with Deutsche Bank, who came to his aid when few wanted to lend him money after chaining in Nineties several bankruptcies in ir hotels and casinos.
The representative's business conglomerate was due in July 2016 about 300 million dollars to German bank, according to Bloomberg. The wife of president, Melania, her daughter Ivanka and husband of this, Jared Kushner, both advisors of Republican in White House, are also clients of entity.
Deutsche Bank rejected in June a request of Democratic congressmen on Trump's account information by claiming that it should protect privacy of customers. In January, in a case outside Russian plot investigating Mueller, US and United Kingdom, German bank was fined $630 million for removing 10 billion from Russia through a transaction system that could be used to launder funds.
At behest of Department of Justice, not White House, veteran exdirector of FBI and renowned attorney investigates since May if Trump's environment was coordinated with Moscow in maneuvers promoted during 2016 campaign to help Republican win Elections against Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump denies a relationship with case, while Russia rejects accusation of electoral interference launched from American intelligence services.
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 with Russian ambassador in Washington after presidential election. The doubts about his performance already 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 from tycoon's entourage.
Mueller performs a delicate game of chess. It does not give clues about its movements, but each one feeds shadow of a supposed Republican collusion with Russia, and dread in its circle vis-a-vis a hypotical accusation of obstruction with justice, which would put Trump against ropes.
In October, Mueller chargeded Paul Manafort, head of campaign, for laundering of up to 75 million dollars. Imputation, related to previous business, limits Manafort's ability to refuse to witness case of Russian plot. Anor election advisor, George Papadopoulos, cooperates with Mueller and admitted contacts during campaign with a person close to Kremlin.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.