The probe into Russia's influence over the last staged elections in the United States of America has continued to gather steam as U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly asked Germany's Deutsche Bank to provide records of accounts held by President Donald Trump.
Germany's largest bank received a subpoena from Special Counsel Robert Mueller several weeks ago to provide information on certain money and credit transactions, the person said, without giving details, adding key documents had been handed over in the meantime.
But some details are in the public domain: Mr Trump received a $106m loan from Deutsche Bank in 2011 to buy the Doral golf resort in Miami, according to the local land register.
Trump has done billions of dollars' worth of business with Deutsche Bank in the past 20 years; he has previously said that he would consider Mueller looking into his finances beyond any connection to the Russian Federation investigation "a violation".
The Trump family's dealings with Deutsche Bank have been a focus of opponents for months.
The heat on the investigation of President Trump's finances has just been cranked up even further.
There was no immediate response to the Deutsche Bank subpoena from Trump's lawyers.
Mueller reports to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed him, although the rule gives a special counsel broad discretion to run the investigation without regularly consulting with the department or requesting its approval. And he also has deep financial entanglements with alleged Russian oligarchs and mobsters.
Manafort was charged, along with his longtime business partner Rick Gates, for work on behalf of Ukraine unrelated to the campaign.
Trump has consistently denied any collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation and has stated that he did not have any business dealings in Russian Federation.
The president declined to say what he would do if Mueller began such an examination, but he continued, "I think that's a violation".
In that tweet about Flynn, Trump closes by saying, "There was nothing to hide!"
- Flynn lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the substance of his conversations with Kislyak.
- Tuesday the New York Times reported that while national security aide K.T. McFarland told Congress she was unaware of the nature of Flynn's dealings with Kislyak, newly released emails show she had detailed knowledge of those dealings, which strongly suggests she lied to Congress. And nobody has more to hide than the president himself; he didn't withhold his tax returns because he's so modest about how wealthy he is. We have official confirmation that the Trump finances subpoena was never sent, and we even know why.