Is Mueller subpoena of Deutsche Bank Fake News?

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Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday corrected contested reports that special counsel Robert Mueller had subpoenaed President Donald Trump's bank records.

During a photo opportunity with senators at the White House on Tuesday, Mr Trump declined to answer shouted questions from reporters about whether Mr Mueller had crossed a line by asking Deutsche Bank for information. The subpoena is part of a probe by special counsel Robert Mueller and his team to determine whether the president's campaign was involved in Russian efforts to influence the United States election. Then there was the day he spent driving around with Aras Agalarov - the Russian oligarch who connected Donald Trump Jr. with a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton.

"No subpoena has been issued or received", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a briefing.

A day later, the Bloomberg story and headline were updated only to claim that "Deutsche Bank Records Said to Be Subpoenaed by Mueller". "We have confirmed this with the bank and other sources", Trump lawyer John Dowd wrote in an email.

It's not clear who Mueller is targeting or whether other members of Trump's campaign team under scrutiny by the special counsel may also have had business connections to Deutsche Bank.

"We have confirmed that the news reports that the Special Counsel had subpoenaed financial records relating to the president are false. The subpoena concerns people or entities close to Mr. Trump", the Journal article said.

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News of the Deutsche Bank subpoena may escalate Trump's vitriol toward investigators, which over the past week has included publicly attacking the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, whose reputation he declared to be " in tatters". He said that no subpoena had been received by the bank and that no records had been turned over to Mueller as a result.

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

In a July 9 interview with the New York Times, Trump said Mueller should not extend his investigation into Trump's finances if they were not directly related to the Russian Federation accusations.

"I think that's a violation", Trump told the paper. But that's where this story gets interesting: After a judge ordered Trump to repay the money he owed Deutsche Bank, Trump did it using money he borrowed from.

Trump and Deutsche Bank have not always been on good terms.

The Deutsche debts include a loan exceeding $50 million for the Old Post Office, a historic property he redeveloped in downtown Washington, mortgages worth more than $55 million on a golf course in Florida, and a $25 million-plus loan on a Trump hotel and condominium in Chicago, the disclosure shows. In fact, Trump went on, because of the bank's role in creating this "once-in-a-century credit tsunami", Deutsche Bank owed him money, to the tune of $3 billion in damages. Papadopoulos pleaded guilty. Manafort and Gates pleaded not guilty.

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