Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

The $6.7M Tab for Mueller's Russia Investigation Will Grow

The $6.7M Tab for Mueller's Russia Investigation Will Grow

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has spent more than $3.2 million in the opening months of his federal criminal investigation into Russian interference in last year's US election and whether President Donald Trump or anyone close to him colluded in it.

"The Washington Post and The New York Times reported Saturday that a lead FBI investigator on the Mueller probe, Peter Strzok, was demoted this summer after it was discovered he'd sent anti-Trump texts to a mistress", the Journal said.

A person close to the matter said Deutsche Bank received the subpoena several weeks ago to provide information on certain money and credit transactions. "And his action could be an ominous sign for a White House shadowed for the past year by investigations, turning Flynn into a potentially key government cooperator as prosecutors examine whether the Trump campaign and Russian Federation worked together to influence the 2016 presidential election in Trump's favor".

In July, Trump said in an interview with the New York Times that if Mueller examined his family's finances beyond any relationship with Russian Federation he'd consider it "a violation".

Deutsche Bank told Bloomberg it "always cooperates with investigating authorities in all countries".

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During his election campaign, Mr Trump said he would seek to improve ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which were strained during former president Barack Obama's administration. He said that they have confirmed it with the bank itself and "other sources".

CNN Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju tweeted that Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee actually blocked the Trump finances subpoena, refusing to order Deutsche Bank to hand over the Trump Organization's financial records.

On Friday Mueller charged Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn with lying to investigators about his contacts with Russian officials. The bank has settled U.S. and United Kingdom investigations into how it helped Russian clients move money out of the country, but a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice is still outstanding.

The Trump International Hotel is shown on August 10, 2017 in Washington. But the Deutsche Bank subpoena may indicate that the special prosecutor is still looking at a wide range of data, including the president's financial dealings. Over the weekend on Twitter, he attacked the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mueller's team and defended some of Flynn's actions.

"The White House's chief lawyer told President Donald Trump in January he believed then-national security adviser Michael Flynn had misled the Federal Bureau of Investigation and lied to Vice President Mike Pence and should be fired, a source familiar with the matter said", CNN reported.

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