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Fake News Alert: Despite Media Claims, Mueller Did not Subpoena Trump Financial Records

Posted: December 5, 2017 at 3:41 pm   /   by

It was reported earlier Tuesday by Reuters that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had issued a subpoena for bank records regarding Donald Trump’s financial dealings from Deutsche Bank. This would have been a major development in the ongoing Russia/Trump collusion probe, just one problem: it didn’t happen!

The initial report citied an unnamed source—off course!—claiming that the subpoena Germany’s largest bank had received from Special Counsel Robert Mueller several weeks ago instructing them to provide information on certain money and credit transactions was for Trump’s business financial dealings, and insinuated that Mueller was looking into potential dealings with the Russians.

The anonymous source, “a U.S. official with knowledge of Mueller’s probe,” was quoted as saying the reason for the subpoenas was to find out whether Deutsche Bank may have sold some of Trump’s mortgage or other loans to Russian state development bank VEB or other Russian banks that now are under U.S. and European Union sanctions.

The report went on to say that Deutsche Bank officials confirmed that key documents had been handed over in the meantime, only those bank officials never said they were Trump’s. The only person who claimed that was the anonymous tipster. That didn’t stop the media from running the story, only to then have to walk it back.

Fox News was the first organization to expose the fraudulent reporting, as John Roberts tweeted out that no such subpoena had been sent out.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dismantled the false reports when she spoke with reporters late in the day.

We confirmed that the news reports [that] the special counsel had subpoenaed financial records related to the president are completely false.

No subpoena has been issued or received. We have confirmed this with the bank and other sources. I think this is another example of the media going too far and too fast and we don’t see it going in that direction.

Reporters then went on to ask Sanders whether banks should comply with subpoenas for records if they receive them—implying that Trump wouldn’t comply with such subpoenas.

I’m not going to get into hypothetical situations and try to determine everything that could happen. We know it hasn’t happened up until this point and that the reports out were totally false and again the media got ahead of their skis a little bit pushing and driving that story that wasn’t true.

Jay Sekulow, one of Trump’s personal lawyers, confirmed Sanders contentions that the Deutsche Bank subpoena new is entirely inaccurate.

We have confirmed that the news reports that the Special Counsel had subpoenaed financial records relating to the president are false,” Sekulow told Reuters in a statement. “No subpoena has been issued or received. We have confirmed this with the bank and other sources.

Another day. Another false report from the media about Donald Trump and the Russian probe. The #Fakenews train rolls on.

 

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Joseph Morgan

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Joseph was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. He received a Master's in U.S. history, with an emphasis on American constitutionalism from the UA, with a minor in Aerospace Mechanical Engineering. He took a job right out of college as a financial advisor, then switched career paths to teaching History at Pima Community College, while tutoring mathematics on the side. He also writes op-eds for the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson's largest newspaper, and has recently begun a new, live, calling radio show Common Sense heard every Saturday at 1 p.m. on 1030 AM KVOI, The Voice. He has a passion for politics and debate, believing that, we the people, must converse with each other about ideas and become engaged in the political formative process, as opposed to simply reacting to what government does. His ideological emphasis, in which he believes everyone can find common ground, is natural rights philosophy.
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Fake News Alert: Despite Media Claims, Mueller Did not Subpoena Trump Financial Records