"One obvious question is why Trump and those around him expressed interest in improving relations with Russian Federation as a top foreign policy priority, and whether or not any personal considerations played any part in that", said the second official, speaking on the condition of anonymity. Add Russia Investigation as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Russia Investigation news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
"Deutsche Bank always cooperates with investigating authorities in all countries", the lender said in a statement to Bloomberg on Tuesday, declining to provide additional information.
Statues stand outside a Deutsche Bank AG bank branch in Frankfurt, Germany, on October 20, 2016.
However, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders rejected reports of a subpoena for Trump-related financial records as "completely false", as did Trump's personal attorney Jay Sekulow.
Investigators were looking for "information about specific financial and credit transactions with the Trump family", Handelsblatt reported. "The investigation would surely continue, though perhaps with someone who doesn't think his job includes protecting the FBI and Mr. (James) Comey from answering questions about their role in the 2016 election". "Look, this is about Russian Federation".
Deutsche Bank has been one of the few major banks willing to regularly lend to Trump, who alienated large banks in NY with his past financial troubles. Representative Maxine Waters of California and other Democrats have asked whether the bank's loans to Trump, made years before he ran for president, were in any way connected to Russian Federation.
"Deutsche Bank did not contact us regarding people connected with the Trump administration".
A source close to the matter said to AFP that Germany's biggest bank had received a subpoena for documents related to its business dealings with the USA president, after Bloomberg News and the German business daily Handelsblatt first reported a summons by special counsel Robert Mueller. In October, the first indictments in his probe were unsealed in court against Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and an aide, Rick Gates.
In addition, Manafort and his longtime business associate, Rick Gates, are now facing several felony charges brought by the special counsel's office.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs Capitol Hill after briefing members of the U.S. Senate on his investigation in Washington, June 21, 2017.