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Deutsche Bank notified German regulators, and Robert Mueller will likely be given the reports.

A German business magazine is reporting that Deutsche Bank, the German financial giant which is a major lender to both President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, identified "suspicious transactions" related to Kushner family accounts, and has reported them to German banking regulators.

The bank is reportedly willing to provide the information to special prosecutor Robert Mueller's team of investigators.

Manager Magazin, a respected German business magazine, reported in its latest print edition, which hit German newsstands on Friday, that Paul Achleitner, chairman of Deutsche Bank's board, had the bank conduct an internal investigation and the results were troubling.

Those results have been turned over to the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority -- Germany's bank regulatory agency, which is commonly known as BaFin.

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"Achleitner's internal detectives were embarrassed to deliver their interim report regarding real estate tycoon [Jared] Kushner to the financial regulator BaFin," the Manager Magazin article, translated from German, reports.

"Their finding: There are indications that Donald Trump's son-in-law or persons or companies close to him could have channeled suspicious monies through Deutsche Bank as part of their business dealings."

The magazine did not provide additional details about the "suspicious monies", but Manager Magazin reports that Deutsche Bank's leadership is worried about the public relations hit the bank might take when -- not if -- the results of the investigation are turned over to Mueller.

"But what BaFin will do about [the bank's findings] is not the bank's greatest concern," the article states.

"Rather, it's the noise that US special counsel Robert Mueller (73) will make in his pursuit of Trump. For he will likely obtain this information -- a giant risk to [the bank's] reputation."

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"If the report is true, it joins a flurry of efforts to unravel the Kushners' financial dealings with the bank.

In December, a German newspaper reported that Mueller had subpoenaed documents from Deutsche Bank -- a report that Trump's attorneys pushed back on. The bank is, by far, Trump's largest creditor, having lent him more than $300 million in recent years through it's private bank -- a division that caters to wealthy clients and is sometimes willing to make loans that the commercial banking division won't.

The Trumps and Kushners relationship to Deutsche Bank is a particularly large conflict of interest, given the bank's history of clashing with regulators -- it has made several multi-billion dollar settlements with regulators in the US and Europe for its role in the LIBOR-rigging scandal and the 2008 mortgage crisis.

It continues to be under investigation for its role in a possible money-laundering scheme that helped Russians evade sanctions and move money out of that country."

Trump only uses the best banks.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-20 08:47 PM | Reply

The investigators should be embarrassed.

The bank is worried about its reputation.....are you kidding me, but the pushed this anyway.

#2 | Posted by Crassus at 2018-01-21 06:10 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

If the bank was worried about its reputation it wouldn't loan money to corrupt criminals like Trump in the first place.

#3 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-22 06:22 PM | Reply

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