Congresswoman Maxine Waters is coming for Donald Trump. Specifically, she wants to know just how much his ties to Deutche Bank makes him indebted to Russian oligarchs.
Recently, Special Counsel Robert Mueller subpoenaed financial documents from Deutche Bank, a German bank that was caught up in scandal when it came out that it had been involved in a $10 billion money-laundering scheme with Russian oligarchs.
The problem here is that Deutche Bank has loaned Trump and Trump’s companies $3.5 billion in loans and loan-guarantee agreements since 1998.
Auntie Maxine won’t let this get swept under the rug
Waters has been on the case since March, when she wrote a letter to Rep. Jeb Hensarling, the chairman of the Committee on Financial Services, calling on him to investigate the ties between Trump, the bank, and the Russians.
She wrote another letter in August insisted that her “concerns are not merely theoretical.”
But when that letter got no response and the investigation into Deutche Bank by the Justice Department seemed to go cold, Waters fired off another letter on Dec. 1.
“Not only is the President a client of Deutsche Bank, but so too are his daughter, Ivanka Trump, his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Kushner’s mother, Seryl Kushner. In fact, the Bank lent Jared Kushner’s real estate company more than $280 million only one month prior to the 2016 election, which was not properly disclosed,” she wrote.
She’s got questions, and she wants answers.
In the letter, Waters also outlines a series of questions.
- “Is the investigation into Deutsche Bank’s role in a $10 billion Russian mirror trading scheme still ongoing? If not, what is its present status?”
- “What has Attorney General Sessions’ involvement been with the investigation since his appointment?”
- “Has President Trump, or his immediate family or any other campaign or White House official inquired about or sought to influence the investigation of Deutsche Bank in any way, including any other potential investigations into the Bank?”
- “Is the Department committed to determining who participated in and who may have benefited from the Deutsche Bank Russian mirror trading scheme?”
- “Should there be any nexus between Deutsche Bank, the Russian mirror trading scheme and the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, will the information be provided to Special Counsel Robert Mueller?”
Hopefully, these are the same questions Mueller is asking in his special investigation. But even if he isn’t, it’s good to know Auntie Maxine is keeping them honest.