Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation engulfs Deutsche

Kristopher Drake
December 6, 2017

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

The denial comes hours after Reuters first reported that Deutsche Bank received a subpoena for records related to Trump's credit and money transactions, citing "a person close to the matter".

A short time ago, Fox News White House Correspondent John Roberts tweeted that a source with knowledge of the investigation into Trump's finances had told him that Mueller's office never sent a subpoena to Deutsche Bank asking for the president's financial records. They are urging the judge to reject Manafort's petition to alter the terms of his current home confinement. He had reached a tentative agreement with the government.

It was reported earlier that as part of his probe into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, Mr Mueller asked Deutsche Bank to share data on accounts held by Mr Trump and his family. Russian Federation has denied meddling in the election and Trump has called the special counsel's investigation a "witch hunt".

The $3.2 million spent only covers Mueller's probe, not the various congressional investigations of Russia's meddling in the election.

Mr Mueller is looking into claims of Russian interference in the United States presidential election and potential collusion by Mr Trump's team - an allegation denied by the President and Russian authorities.

The money was spent between mid-May, when the investigation began, and September 30 of this year.

Salaries and benefits during this period cost $1.7 million, including both SCO employees and DOJ employees detailed to the special counsel's office. Despite the worldwide focus of Mueller's probe, only about $2,800 was spent on actual travel costs.

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

The special counsel's overall budget has not been made public.

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