According to Bloomberg, special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into Donald Trump’s business transactions as part of the ongoing probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russians who sought to influence the 2016 election.
The news comes a day after Trump told The New York Times that Mueller would cross a “red line” if he expanded the probe to his business ties.
Bloomberg reports Mueller is probing purchases from Russian buyers at Trump properties, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, a SoHo development involving Russian associates and Trump’s 2008 sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch.
“Those transactions are in my view well beyond the mandate of the special counsel,” Trump’s lawyer John Dowd said in a statement to Bloomberg.
Dowd called the investigation into Trump’s finances “unrelated to the election of 2016 or any alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and most importantly … well beyond any Statute of Limitation imposed by the United States Code.”
The Times separately reported that Donald Trump’s ties to Deutsche Bank were also facing scrutiny. Trump has a long history with the German bank, which has loaned him money in the past.
Federal investigators have reportedly been in touch with the bank regarding Trump’s accounts. Congress also requested oversight into Trump transactions with the bank, but the bank has so far refused to provide information. Deutsche Bank will most likely have to give information about the Trump’s accounts to Mueller, according to Bloomberg.
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