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New York attorney general is investigating Trump projects: NYT

Updated March 13, 2019

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AG’s office issues subpoenas to banks — which opens a line of inquiry into Deutsche Bank’s dealings with Trump.
AG’s office issues subpoenas to banks — which opens a line of inquiry into Deutsche Bank’s dealings with Trump.

NEW YORK: The New York attorney general’s office is looking into ties between Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank and several Trump Organisation projects, the New York Times reported late on Monday.

The attorney general’s office issued subpoenas to the banks, which opens an additional line of inquiry into Deutsche Bank’s dealings with Trump, the newspaper reported, citing one unnamed source.

The Democratic-controlled Intelligence Committee and Financial Services Committee in Congress have been exploring the finances of the Republican president and his businesses including his ties to Deutsche, one of the world’s largest financial institutions.

Deutsche Bank has lent Trump Organisation hundreds of millions of dollars for real estate ventures and is one of the few major lenders that has given large amounts of credit to Trump after a string of bankruptcies at his hotel and casino businesses during the 1990s.

The newspaper said the new civil investigation into Deutsche was prompted by congressional testimony last month of Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen.

Cohen testified that Trump inflated the stated worth of his assets in financial statements. The former attorney submitted copies of statements he said had been provided to Deutsche.

Investors Bank was subpoenaed for records relating to Trump Park Avenue, a project it had backed, the Times reported.

Neither the New York attorney general’s office nor Trump representatives were available for comment early on Tuesday. Investors Bank representatives could not immediately be reached.

A spokesman for Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt declined to comment.

Published in Dawn, March 13th, 2019