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There ought to be a law.
United States special counsel Robert Mueller is reported to have subpoenaed President Donald Trump's financial records from Germany's Deutsche Bank, as part of his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
In a statement, the bank said it cooperates with official investigators but would not discuss individual cases.
A person close to the matter said Deutsche Bank received the subpoena several weeks ago to provide information on certain money and credit transactions.
But despite multiple US media outlets reporting that Mr Mueller's investigation had expanded to include Mr Trump's personal financial records, one of the President's lawyers said that was not the case.
"We have confirmed that the news reports that the special counsel had subpoenaed financial records relating to the President are false," Mr Sekulow said in a statement.
"No subpoena has been issued or received. We have confirmed this with the bank and other sources."
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also said the reports were false.
"This is another example of the media going too far too fast and we don't see it moving in that direction," Ms Sanders said.
During a photo opportunity with senators at the White House on Tuesday, Mr Trump declined to answer shouted questions from reporters about whether Mr Mueller had crossed a line by asking Deutsche Bank for information.
Earlier this year, Mr Trump said pursuing his personal finances would be a breach of Mr Mueller's role as special counsel.
Mr Trump has repeatedly denied any financial connections with Russia.
Deutsche Bank has loaned the 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 Mr Trump in the past decade.
A string of bankruptcies at his hotel and casino businesses during the 1990s made most of Wall Street wary of extending him credit.
President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort has sued Robert Mueller, alleging the special counsel's wide-ranging investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia exceeded his legal authority and needed to be reined in.
Mr Manafort's civil lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, named both Mr Mueller and Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mr Mueller in May and is tasked with overseeing the special counsel's operations.
Mr Mueller was appointed shortly after Mr Trump fired former FBI director James Comey.
Mr Comey has said he believes he was fired because Mr Trump wanted to undermine the investigation into possible collusion between the campaign and Russia.
Mr Trump has denied that his campaign colluded with Russia, although he has also said he fired Mr Comey because of "this Russia thing".
Moscow has denied meddling in the 2016 US election campaign.
The civil lawsuit accused Mr Rosenstein of exceeding his legal authority to "grant Mr Mueller carte blanche to investigate and pursue criminal charges in connection with anything he stumbles across".
The lawsuit asked the court to have the case against Mr Manafort dismissed.
A spokeswoman for the Justice Department called the lawsuit "frivolous", but added Mr Manafort was "entitled to file whatever he wants".
Mr Manafort's lawyers argued that Mr Rosenstein's order cast too wide a net for Mr Mueller's probe.
"The investigation has focused on Mr Manafort's offshore business dealings that date back to as early as 2005 — about a decade before the Trump presidential campaign launched," the lawsuit said.
A spokesman for Mr Mueller's office declined to comment.
Special counsel Robert Mueller has told Donald Trump's legal team that his office is likely to seek an interview with the US President as part of its probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and one could take place within weeks, according to US media reports.
The Washington Post and NBC News reported Mr Trump's lawyers are talking to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about a possible interview.
Citing three people familiar with the situation, NBC said lawyers for Mr Trump had met with representatives of Mr Mueller's office in late December to discuss the logistics of any such interview.
Two others, Mr Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his associate Richard Gates, were indicted on money laundering charges but have pleaded not guilty.
Trump lawyer Ty Cobb said the White House would not comment on communications with the office of the special counsel but was continuing to cooperate fully.
Sigh... in your own time Mueller...
What about Obama's collusion with Russia on the Uranium One deal? More secret corrupt conniving from the LEFT.
US President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon has been subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury in a probe into alleged ties between Russia and Mr Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, according to the New York Times.
It was the first time Mr Mueller is known to have used a subpoena against a member of Mr Trump's inner circle, the Times said.
Mr Bannon, a champion of Mr Trump's "America First" agenda, was among the Republican's closest aides during the 2016 election campaign, the presidential transition and during his first months in office.
But the pair had a bitter public falling out over comments Mr Bannon made to author Michael Wolff for his recent book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.
Mr Mueller's subpoena, which was issued last week, could be a pressure tactic to induce Mr Bannon to cooperate fully with his investigation, the Times reported.
Separately on Tuesday, Mr Bannon was meeting with the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.
He was the latest high-profile figure to testify before the panel as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the US election.
Steve Bannon has refused to answer questions on his time as a Trump adviser on the advice of his lawyer, who phoned the White House during a House Intelligence Committee hearing.
The move has been labelled a "gag order", with Mr Bannon refusing to answer numerous questionsafter his lawyer relayed them in real time to the White House during the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee interview.
Separately, President Donald Trump's former chief strategist has also struck a deal to be interviewed by US special counsel Robert Mueller's team rather than appearing before a grand jury, after being subpoenaed to testify in his probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, according to CNN.
An interview with prosecutors would allow Mr Bannon to have a lawyer present during his appearance, as lawyers are not permitted in grand jury rooms.
As the House Intelligence Committee's questioning moved from Mr Trump's election campaign to Mr Bannon's time in the White House, his lawyer William Burck called with White House lawyers to ask whether his client could answer the questions.
He was told not to discuss his work on the transition to, or in, the White House.
Committee members sought answers around Mr Bannon's time working for Mr Trump, including the President's thinking when he fired FBI director James Comey, but Mr Bannon refused to answer a broad array of questions about that crucial period.
As a result the chairman, Republican Devin Nunes, issued a congressional subpoena, spokesman Jack Langer said.
A White House official said the White House counsel's office had a conversation last week with committee counsel about Mr Bannon's testimony and was told the questions were expected to be about the election campaign.
Adam Schiff, the committee's top Democrat, said Mr Bannon's refusal to answer questions from the panel "can't stand" and went far beyond other witnesses who have declined to answer specific questions.
He said the committee expects to have Mr Bannon return for more questioning.
"This was effectively a gag order by the White House preventing this witness from answering almost any question concerning his time in the administration and many questions even after he left the administration," Mr Schiff said.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said: "As with all congressional inquiries touching upon the White House, Congress must consult with the White House prior to obtaining confidential material.
"This is part of a judicially recognised process that goes back decades."
Investigators probing potential collusion between Russia and Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign are reportedly now seeking to question the US President.
Special counsel Robert Mueller's questioning would focus on the President's decisions to oust national security adviser Michael Flynn and FBI director James Comey, according to a report in the Washington Post.
The Post reported that Mr Trump's legal team was negotiating on the form the President's testimony could take.
The paper said Mr Trump's lawyers could ask for him to be allowed to answer some questions in person and some in a written statement.
I'm not surprised. The last thing the Trump cabinet wants is Donald speaking for himself.
US President Donald Trump ordered the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller last June, but he backed off the order after a White House lawyer threatened to resign, The New York Times has reported.
The newspaper reported Mr Trump demanded Mr Mueller's firing just weeks after the special counsel was first appointed to investigate allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.
Lawyer Don McGahn said he would not deliver the order to the Justice Department, according to The Times, which cites four people familiar with the request by the President.
Mr Mueller learned of the incident in recent months as his investigators interviewed current and former senior White House officials in an inquiry into whether the President obstructed justice, the Times reported.
Amid media reports that Mr Mueller was looking into a possible obstruction case, Mr Trump argued at the time the special counsel could not be fair.
The President is reported to have said Mr Mueller could not be impartial because of a previous dispute over golf club fees that he said the special counsel owed at a Trump golf club.
Mr Trump also believed Mr Mueller he had a conflict of interest because he worked for the same law firm that was representing Mr Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner and also that he had been interviewed to return as the director of the FBI the day before he was appointed as special counsel.
Now the conflict of interest is one thing - but the golf fees?