It looked like Robert Mueller had the key evidence to bring down Donald Trump.
Media reports indicated he had the smoking gun that would finally tie Trump to Russia.
But his ace in the hole did not turn out like everyone expected.
Bloomberg rocked Washington when they reported that Mueller had subpoenaed Deutsche Bank in an effort to dig through Trump’s financial records:
“Special prosecutor Robert Mueller zeroed in on President Donald Trump’s business dealings with Deutsche Bank AG as his investigation into alleged Russian meddling in U.S. elections widens.
Mueller issued a subpoena to Germany’s largest lender several weeks ago, forcing the bank to submit documents on its relationship with Trump and his family, according to a person briefed on the matter, who asked not to be identified because the action has not been announced.
“Deutsche Bank always cooperates with investigating authorities in all countries,” the lender said in a statement to Bloomberg Tuesday, declining to provide additional information.
Deutsche Bank for months has rebuffed calls by Democratic lawmakers to provide more transparency over the roughly $300 million Trump owed to the bank for his real estate dealings prior to becoming president. Representative Maxine Waters of California and other Democrats have asked whether the bank’s loans to Trump, made years before he ran for president, were in any way connected to Russia. The bank previously rejected those demands, saying sharing client data would be illegal unless it received a formal request to do so. Trump has denied any wrongdoing.”
The anti-Trump swamp was convinced that by pulling on the thread regarding the loans made by Deutsche Bank, Trump’s ties to Russia would unravel and prove collusion.
But the story was fake news.
Both White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Trump Attorney Jay Sekulow denied that any subpoena had been served on Deutsche Bank for Trump’s financial records.
And they were vindicated when the report turned out to be a dud—Mueller had subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for the financial records related to Trump associates, not the President.
“Several major news organizations were forced to provide corrections or clarifications on stories that initially claimed investigators had subpoenaed Donald Trump’s financial records from a German bank.
After an initial report about a subpoena from the German daily Handlesblatt, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and other news outlets reported that Deutsche Bank had received a subpoena from Special Counsel Robert Mueller targeting Trump and his family’s bank records. Those reports were disputed by White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Trump’s personal lawyer.
“We confirmed that the news reports that the special counsel had subpoenaed financial records related to the president are completely false,” Sanders said during the White House’s daily press conference. “No subpoena has been issued or received. We have confirmed this with the bank and other sources. I think this is another example of the media going too far and too fast and we don’t see it going in that direction.”
“We have confirmed that the news reports that the Special Counsel had subpoenaed financial records relating to the president are false. No subpoena has been issued or received. We have confirmed this with the bank and other sources,” Trump lawyer John Dowd wrote in an email.”
The Russia collusion story is built on fake news.
One story after another is revealed to be a hoax.
There is no evidence of collusion with Russia, so Mueller’s witch hunt should be shut down immediately.