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Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation engulfs Deutsche

06 December 2017

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office has spent about $3.2 million in the first 4-1/2 months of its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, the Justice Department revealed in a report on Tuesday.

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". 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. USA investigators are demanding that it provide information on dealings linked to the Trumps, sources familiar with the matter told Handelsblatt.

Deutsche Bank, which has loaned the Trump organization hundreds of millions of dollars for real estate ventures, said it would not comment on any of its clients.

Mueller is investigating whether the Trump campaign helped Russian Federation in the Kremlin's efforts to interfere in the election to throw it to Trump.

In addition, the department said that its various offices have also spent another $3.5 million to help assist the probe, though those expenditures would have occurred "irrespective of the existence of the" special counsel's office.


As special counsel Mr Mueller, who headed the Federal Bureau of Investigation for more than a decade, has the powers to subpoena records and bring criminal charges.

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

The bulk of the spending - $1.7 million - has been on personnel salary and benefits, according to the report. He spent $26,592 in the probe's first phase, from the time he was appointed on December 30, 2003 to March 31, 2004, on personnel, travel, contracts and supplies, according to an audit from the Government Accountability Office.

So far, the special counsel has charged four people as part of the investigation including Manafort and Flynn.

Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation engulfs Deutsche