Monday, 11 December, 2017

Trump lawyer: Deutsche Bank has not received subpoena for Trump records

Director Defends FBI After Trump Says Bureau Is in 'Tatters' Trump lawyer: Deutsche Bank has not received subpoena for Trump records
Lillian Steele | 06 December, 2017, 00:57

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office has spent about $3.2 million in the first 4-1/2 months of its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, the Justice Department revealed in a report on Tuesday. Both reports said Mueller issued the subpoena several weeks ago.

Sekulow was responding to a report from German business newspaper Handelsblatt that Mueller had subpoenaed records from Deutsche Bank as part of his investigation into possible Russian involvement in the USA presidential election campaign.

In June, Deutsche Bank already rejected demands by US House Democrats to provide details of Trump's finances, saying sharing client data would be illegal unless it received a formal request to do so.

According to media reports, Mr. Trump owed Deutsche Bank as much as $340 million (€286.5 million) at one point, though considerable restructuring appears to have brought down that amount.

Mr Mueller is looking into claims of Russian interference in the United States presidential election and potential collusion by Mr Trump's team - an allegation denied by the President and Russian authorities.

The expenses are from the date of Mueller's appointment, May 17, through September 30, the end of the federal government's fiscal year.

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.

The Mueller probe also spent $157,339 for a variety of contractual services - $111,245 for information technology, $24,456 for transcription and $17,217 for building services.

In addition, the department said that its various offices have also spent another $3.5 million to help assist the probe, though those expenditures would have occurred "irrespective of the existence of the" special counsel's office.

The special counsel also spent $223,643 on travel, nearly entirely for staffers who temporary relocated to the investigation's headquarters in Washington.

So far, the special counsel has charged four people as part of the investigation including Manafort and Flynn.

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