U.S. prosecutors probing Russia's election meddling have subpoenaed financial records from Donald Trump's long-time financiers Deutsche Bank, two sources said on Wednesday, but the White House denied the President was targeted directly.
Mueller is probing reported Russian attempts to influence the 2016 USA presidential election and potential collusion by Trump advisers.
Trump's lawyer denied a subpoena had been issued.
According to media reports, Mr. Trump owed Deutsche Bank as much as $340 million (€286.5 million) at one point, though considerable restructuring appears to have brought down that amount. "We have confirmed this with the bank and other sources", Trump lawyer John Dowd wrote in an email.
At the bottom of the story is a small correction: "Corrects story published December 5 that said Mueller "zeroed in" on Trump's business dealings".
A person close to the matter said Deutsche Bank received the subpoena several weeks ago to provide information on certain money and credit transactions. Trump told the New York Times in July that the special counsel looking into his and his family's finances would cross a red line, so we have officially entered uncharted territory in this investigation.
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But by Wednesday afternoon, Bloomberg Politics corrected its story to note that the subpoena related to people "affiliated" with Trump.
Most interesting of all, though, is what Harding goes on to detail: Around the same time Deutsche Bank's private wealth division was granting these extraordinary loans to Trump, business in the the bank's new Moscow branch was booming, thanks to the fact that it owned basically all of the business of Vneshtorgbank, or VTB - the Kremlin bank.
Deutsche Bank has loaned the Trump Organization millions for real-estate ventures.
Trump told the New York Times this past summer he would consider it a "violation" if Mueller were to expand the probe beyond Russian Federation.
All of those loans were taken out in 2012 and will mature in 2023 and 2024, according to the disclosure. Trump sued the bank and other lenders in 2008, demanding $3 billion in damages, claiming they broke agreements in the construction and financing of a Chicago hotel.
Mueller has also obtained a guilty plea from Trump campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos.
AFP reported late Tuesday that the subpoena sought information about Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign official who was indicted in October.