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Special counsel details $3.2 million in spending on Russian Federation case

Special counsel details $3.2 million in spending on Russian Federation case

A person familiar with Mueller's investigation told the news agency Reuters on Tuesday that Germany's largest bank received a subpoena from the USA special counsel several weeks ago to provide information on certain money and credit transactions, confirming a report by German daily Handelsblatt published on the same day.

The report in the Handelsblatt newspaper cites only "informed circles".

"The Washington Post and The New York Times reported Saturday that a lead FBI investigator on the Mueller probe, Peter Strzok, was demoted this summer after it was discovered he'd sent anti-Trump texts to a mistress", the Journal said. Then not long after that, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow confirmed to Reuters that there was no Trump finances subpoena sent to Deutsche Bank.

Mueller's investigation - which is looking into alleged Russian interference into last year's USA election and whether Trump's winning campaign assisted in those efforts - appears to be entering a new phase.

Analysts questioned why Mr. Flynn, who was serving as national security advisor, was not fired immediately, if he was believed to be lying about the interactions with Russian Federation, which have plagued the White House and are the subject of federal and congressional investigations.

"Deutsche Bank takes its legal obligations seriously and remains committed to cooperating with authorized investigations into this matter", a company statement said.

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A 2000 General Accounting Office report that detailed those figures said that $36 million came from congressional appropriations and $16 million from other federal agency costs. "The investigation would surely continue, though perhaps with someone who doesn't think his job includes protecting the FBI and Mr. (James) Comey from answering questions about their role in the 2016 election".

Deutsche Bank has loaned the Trump organization an estimated $300 million for its real estate dealings prior to Donald Trump becoming president.

The German bank is one of the few major lenders that have lent large amounts to Mr Trump in the past decade.

The Trump International Hotel is shown on August 10, 2017 in Washington. He has announced criminal charges against four people so far, including Trump's former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

But until Mueller opts to bring his investigation into the public eye, we're unlikely to know for sure whether he's made a decision to cast his net so broadly.

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.