Democrats subpoena Deutsche Bank as part of ongoing investigation into Trump

Remigio Civitarese
Апреля 16, 2019

US President Donald Trump waves prior to departing on a trip to Wisconsin from the White House in Washington, US., October 24, 2018.

House Oversight chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) requested the financial documents from Mazars last month, after Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen revealed in testimony that the company had signed some of these statements. "We look forward to their continued cooperation and compliance".

The move was the latest effort by Democrats in the House to obtain information about the president's personal and business finances. "The Financial Services Committee is exploring these matters, including as they may involve the president and his associates, as thoroughly as possible", the committee's chair, Maxine Waters, said in a statement.

Democrats are looking in particular at the president's failed attempt to buy the Buffalo Bills football club. "Today's actions by the committee set a disgusting precedent for all taxpayers".

Republicans, including Oversight member Jim Jordan (R-OH) have attacked the document request as an abuse of power. Deutsche Bank has also cooperated with other inquiries.

In a statement, Deutsche Bank said it has "engaged in a productive dialogue" with both committees.

"We remain committed to providing appropriate information to all authorised investigations in a manner consistent with our legal obligations", she said in an emailed statement. Last month, the NY attorney general also subpoenaed records from Deutsche Bank related to loans it had made to Trump's companies in recent years.

Last week, House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) announced that he would subpoena Trump's accounting firm, Mazars USA, for records pertaining to the president's financial affairs.

Over the weekend, Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, renewed his request to the Internal Revenue Service for six years of Trump's tax returns, after the agency dismissed an earlier deadline to turn over the records under a relatively obscure provision of the tax code.

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