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