The White House denied reports Tuesday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for bank records relating to President Donald Trump and family members.
White House lawyer Jay Sekulow — one of three key members of the president’s defense team, along with John Dowd and Ty Cobb — issued a statement to Reuters: “We have confirmed that the news reports that the Special Counsel had subpoenaed financial records relating to the president are false. … No subpoena has been issued or received. We have confirmed this with the bank and other sources.”
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has asked Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE) to share data on accounts held by U.S. President Donald Trump and his family, a person close to the matter said on Tuesday.
Germany’s largest bank received a subpoena from Mueller several weeks ago to provide information on certain money and credit transactions, the person added, confirming a report by German daily Handelsblatt published on Tuesday.
Deutsche Bank rejected demands in June by U.S. House Democrats to provide details of Trump’s finances, citing privacy laws.
The Reuters report was picked up widely across the media.
However, the White House pushed back strongly against that report. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the press briefing Tuesday: “We know that 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 in pushing and driving that story that wasn’t true.”
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He was named one of the “most influential” people in news media in 2016. He is the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.