Special Counsel Robert Mueller is going after Donald Trump‘s finances.
On Tuesday, the newspaper Handelsblatt reported that Deutsche Bank, the largest German lender, had received a subpoena several weeks ago. The bank has been behind several Trump projects, and Trump reportedly owes around $300 million to the bank related to real estate ventures.
While the bank has not said anything on the inquiry itself, it did tell Bloomberg that it “always cooperates with investigating authorities in all countries.”
The bank itself is also under investigation by the Department of Justice for allegedly not stopping wealthy Russians from money laundering, to the tune of about $10 billion.
Trump had warned Mueller against going against his family’s finances, saying that it would be a “violation” if Mueller did so. The president has insisted that the investigation should remain focused on the alleged contact with Russian officials.
However, Trump’s finances have come in the investigation, including documents showing that Felix Sater told Trump Organization lawyer Michael Cohen that he should pursue a real estate deal in Moscow. Sater told Cohen that by doing so, he “will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected.”
The investigation into the Russian influence on the 2016 election and the Trump campaign has been heating up, especially since this weekend, when former national security adviser Michael Flynn reached a plea deal and agreed to work with Mueller after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI.