Robert Mueller is following Donald Trump’s money, and that’s very bad news for the president.
The latest shot across the White House bow is a subpoena issued to German financial institution Deutsche Bank for data on all accounts held by Trump and members of his family.
“Mueller issued a subpoena to Germany’s largest lender several weeks ago, forcing the bank to submit documents on its relationship with Trump and his family, according to a person briefed on the matter, who asked not to be identified because the action has not been announced.”
Trump owes Deutsche Bank at least $300 million for the financing of real estate deals:
“Trump’s relationship with Deutsche Bank stretches back some two decades and the roughly $300 million he owed to the bank represented nearly half of his outstanding debt, according to a July 2016 analysis by Bloomberg. That figure includes a $170-million loan Trump took out to finish a hotel in Washington. He also has two mortgages against his Trump National Doral Miami resort and a loan against his tower in Chicago.”
This latest information suggests that Trump may be more anxious to try and fire Mueller as a way of ending the investigation, even though such a move could possibly set off impeachment proceedings.
Back in July, Trump told The New York Times that if Mueller began looking into his financial dealings in connection with the Russia probe, he would consider it to be a “violation.” However, Trump didn’t specify what he would do in such an instance.
Considering that there is already evidence of possible money laundering in connection with former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, it now appears that Mueller is zeroing in on financial crimes that may have been committed by Trump as a way of building his case against the president. Also, if Russian money has been laundered through Trump companies, that would provide an explanation for why Trump has been so eager to improve relations with Russia.
As we learned in Watergate, it always pays to follow the money.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org