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Why Hasn't Mueller Subpoenaed Deutsche Bank? House Dems Want To Know

"If the special counsel hasn't subpoenaed Deutsche Bank, he can't be doing much of a money laundering investigation. that's what concerns me," Rep. Adam Schiff said.
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On CNN, Rep. Jim Himes raises the question of why Mueller hasn't subpoenaed Deutsch Bank.

"Let's get an update on the Russia investigation, at least in Congress. House Intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff is questioning whether the special counsel Robert Mueller is adequately investigating President Trump's ties to Deutsche Bank.

SCHIFF: If the special counsel hasn't subpoenaed Deutsche Bank, he can't be doing much of a money laundering investigation. So that's what concerns me.

"So listen, give us a status report of what the House Intelligence committee is up to," Camerota said to Himes, who serves on both the Intelligence and the Financial Services committees.

"You know, some people have lost the thread after the holidays and the government shutdown. What is your main focus right now?"

"Well, I think two things are going to happen, Alisyn," Himes said.

"First, there was an awful lot of stuff, and by stuff I mean documents we wanted to see, people who we should have interviewed that we didn't get to do prior to the Republicans shutting down the investigation last year. And we saw the fruits of that vine, right? Michael Cohen, it turns out, lied to us. Any number of people lying to us. And so the first order of business, of course, is to get to the follow-up that came out of the interviews that we did prior to the Republicans ending the investigation.

"The second part, I think, and this is a little fuzzier of course, because we're waiting to see what the special counsel comes out with. but as you heard the chairman say, it would appear, and I don't think anybody has inside information because the special counsel is not talking, really, to anybody, it would appear just based on activities in court and people who have said they've been subpoenaed that, as Adam said, the special counsel is not necessarily looking at what might have happened with Deutsche Bank, in particular, and other sources of debt, possible sources of debt for the Trump organization. So I do think that will be an area of interest."


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"What's the working theory about what Donald Trump may have done wrong with Deutsche Bank?" Camerota said.

"There's just questions about why Deutsche Bank appears to have been the one bank that would lend to the Trump organization at a time when pretty much no other bank would," Himes said.

"And remember -- it's not just Deutsche Bank. There's the president's son's statement when he said, gosh, the Russians gave us all kinds of money. I can't remember the exact words but he implied they were getting plenty of money from the Russians. So the second part, in particular, look, it may turn out that the Deutsche Bank thing, once we get into the information, that there's nothing there, that's the reason for an investigation, but that statement that the Russians are providing liquidity, providing capital, that bears some investigation --as we have watched over the years, everybody associated with the Trump campaign or Trump administration lie about their contacts with Russia."

"And do you worry you're crossing the president's imposed red line about looking into his family's finances?" Camerota said.

"Well, not really, right?" Himes said.

"If there is evidence of wrongdoing, no American citizen, you know, from the lowliest to the president of the United States gets to tell the government what is subject to investigation. It is fair for the president and anybody else to expect that there will be no investigations of things for which there is no probable cause, for which there aren't really serious questions. That's fair. We all deserve that.

"But again, we're kind of past that with the Trump administration with dozens of people now under indictment in jail, going to jail, pleading guilty. Not every stone has been lifted."

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