Mueller's Russian Federation probe cost $3.2 million in first four months

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In May, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller to serve as special counsel for the Justice Department, and to oversee the investigation into "any links and/or coordination between Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump, and any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation". Handelsblatt appears to be the originator of the subpoena story. We have official confirmation that the Trump finances subpoena was never sent, and we even know why.

An internal investigation carried out by Deutsche Bank didn't yield any evidence of connections between the client relationship with Trump and the bank's mirror trades affair, a person briefed on the matter said. 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 June Deutsche Bank cited privacy laws when it rejected a request by House Democrats to provide details of Trump's finances.

Deutsche Bank earlier this year rebuffed efforts by Democratic U.S. lawmakers to get more information on its dealings with Trump as well as any information it may have about whether the Republican, his family or advisers had financial backing from Russian Federation. "No subpoena has been issued or received".

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Jay Sekulow, one of Trump's personal lawyers, said Deutsche Bank has not received any subpoena for financial records relating to the president as part of Mueller's probe.

The news came days after Mueller unveiled his fourth indictment in the sprawling Russian Federation probe, which is examining possible collusion between Trump's presidential campaign and what USA intelligence believes was an effort by Moscow to tilt the election in his favor. Deutsche Bank seems like a target far afield from that mission, and more like Mueller has taken on a far broader role as a shadow Department of Justice. It is public information that John Dowd is on the president's defense team.

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

ABC News didn't even bother to mention the statement denying the existence of the subpoena. He said that no subpoena had been received by the bank and that no records had been turned over to Mueller as a result. Democrats may have wanted to depose Deutsche Bank but Russian Federation was only an excuse.

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Failing to find two separate sources is often what leads professional news organizations to run with untrue stories.

According to personal financial disclosures made during the campaign, Trump owed at least $713 million on 16 different loans.

Mr Trump sued the bank and other lenders in 2008, demanding $US3 billion ($3.9 billion) in damages, claiming they broke agreements in the construction and financing of a Chicago hotel.

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