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Mueller issues subpoena to Deutsche Bank in Russian Federation probe

Mueller issues subpoena to Deutsche Bank in Russian Federation probe

Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigators subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for documents related to business with President Trump and members of his family.

A Justice Department report released Tuesday shows Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation spending $3.2 million between its formation in mid-May and the end September.

In a statement Tuesday, attorney Jay Sekulow says such reporting is "false" and says "no subpoena has been issued or received".

Deutsche Bank for months has rebuffed calls by Democratic lawmakers to provide more transparency over the roughly $300 million Trump owed to the bank for his real estate dealings prior to becoming president.

"We have confirmed this with the bank and other sources".

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 US presidential election campaign.

Although limited in detail, the spending report offers the first insight into the scope and scale of Mueller's investigation, which has resulted so far in criminal charges against four people who worked on Trump's presidential campaign.

A day later, the DOJ announced that former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents during the investigation about his contacts with three individuals said to have had connections to the Russian government.

"I think that's a violation", Mr. Trump told the paper. Deutsche Bank spokesman Chalie Olivier told Newsweek the bank declined to comment on the matter. The bank previously rejected those demands, saying sharing client data would be illegal unless it received a formal request to do so.

That last one was just one piece of a broad campaign Trump undertook to hinder the Russian Federation investigation in general and the investigation of Flynn in particular, which reportedly included asking top officials in the intelligence community to pressure the FBI to shut it down and pressing Republican senators to end their own investigation.

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

Mueller's team has also examined foreign lobbying conducted by Manafort, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and others.

As Mueller's investigation unfolds, Trump has gone on the offensive.