Mueller's Team Spent $3.2M On Russia Probe From May Through September

Mueller's Team Spent $3.2M On Russia Probe From May Through September

Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed President Donald Trump financial dealings with Deutsche Bank, likely including information on a large loan borrowed from Germany's biggest financial institution, according to reports.

Specific requests of the bank were not immediately clear but ABC News has previously reported Deutsche Bank loaned the Trump Organization more than $300 million for real estate transactions prior to Trump becoming president.

Deutsche Bank rejected demands in June by U.S. House Democrats to provide details of Trump's finances, citing privacy laws.

Camera IconRobert Mueller has asked a German bank to look at account information of Donald Trump and his family.

Why is Deutsche Bank so important?

Holding such debt, particularly if some of it was or is coming due, could potentially give Russian banks some leverage over Trump, especially if they are state-owned, said a second USA official familiar with Russian intelligence methods. The one exception was Deutsche Bank, to which Trump owed $364 million as of the end of past year. Mueller's subpoena to Deutsche Bank may be aimed at exploring those claims.

Deutsche Bank is not the only Trump-related business interest that is attracting the attention of investigators.

In addition, the Justice Department has spent $3.5 million to support the investigation, though the special counsel's office says that money would have been spent anyway if Mueller had not been appointed. Trump has a long history of shady dealings - outright scams such as Trump University, refusing to pay vendors who supplied him with goods and services, bankruptcies that allowed him to skate away from huge debts while others were left holding the bag. Kushner also flatly denied Russian financial connections when he talked with members of Congress this fall. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his deputy Rick Gates and former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos have also been charged. 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.

- There's the question of whether obstruction of justice took place, for which evidence is growing by the day. Last week Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, pleaded guilty to a single count of making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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.

In that tweet about Flynn, Trump closes by saying, "There was nothing to hide!"

White House lawyers declined to comment on Mueller's expenditures.

But if that's the case, why do so many Trump associates keep getting caught lying about Russian Federation?

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