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Trump-Russia probe: Mueller 'demands Deutsche Bank data'

From BBC - December 5, 2017

US special counsel Robert Mueller has asked Germany's Deutsche Bank to provide records of accounts held by Donald Trump, according to reports.

Mr Mueller issued a subpoena to the bank several weeks ago demanding data on transactions linked to the US president, Reuters news agency and a German newspaper say.

Deutsche Bank has previously rejected similar requests from Democrats.

Mr Mueller is investigating claims of collusion between Mr Trump and Russia.

US investigators are said to be demanding information on dealings linked to Mr Trump as part of an investigation into alleged Russian influence in the US presidential election, according to Handelsblatt and Reuters.

Deutsche Bank, which is one of the Trump Organisation's major lenders on its real estate projects, said it would not comment on any of its clients.

Mueller paves way for possible showdown

Analysis by Anthony Zurcher, BBC News North America Reporter

The revelation that Robert Mueller has subpoenaed Donald Trump's Deutsche Bank financial records is an indication that his investigation is taking dead aim at the president.

Until now, Mr Mueller has operated on the periphery - focusing on former campaign chair Paul Manafort's previous foreign lobbying efforts, the Russian contacts of George Papadopoulos, a relatively minor foreign policy advisor, and the post-election actions of Mr Trump's confidant Michael Flynn.

While the charges are serious, the president himself has been removed from the most heated prosecutorial action.

That all changes if the Deutsche Bank reports are true. The German institution, which also has ties to Russian oligarchs, was a lifeline for the Trump Organisation's businesses in the early 2000s, when US lenders turned their backs on the then-struggling business tycoon.

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