Robert Mueller has spent $3.2 million on special counsel's Russian Federation investigation

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A lawyer for President Donald Trump says it's not true that special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed financial records relating to the president.

The single biggest cost was $1.7 million for salaries and benefits, including $500,000 for special counsel employees and $1.2 million for Department of Justice staff working under Mueller.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reiterated Sekulow's denial of the reporting during a press briefing Tuesday afternoon.

Deutsche Bank for months has rebuffed calls by Democratic lawmakers to provide more transparency over the roughly $300 million Trump owed to the bank for his real estate dealings prior to becoming president.

This may turn out to be no big deal - perhaps Mueller will find that all Trump's transactions with Deutsche Bank were above-board and free of any amusing business, and also that nothing he discovers there will lead to evidence of any other misconduct on Trump's part.

It was reported earlier that as part of his probe into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, Mr Mueller asked Deutsche Bank to share data on accounts held by Mr Trump and his family.

Russian Federation has denied meddling in the election and Mr Trump has said there was no collusion.




"I think that's a violation", Mr. Trump told the paper.

The Trump International Hotel is shown on August 10, 2017 in Washington.

Deutsche Bank rejected demands in June by U.S. House Democrats to provide details of Trump's finances, citing privacy laws. Deutsche Bank spokesman Chalie Olivier told Newsweek the bank declined to comment on the matter.

So far, the special counsel has charged four people as part of the investigation including Manafort and Flynn.

Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates appeared in court after being indicted by a federal grand jury in October.

Mueller was appointed in May after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who had been leading the investigation. Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty Friday to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, becoming the fourth associate of the president ensnared by Mueller's probe. The president's financial records could potentially show whether Trump owes or has received money from suspects connected to Russian Federation.

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