The big news of the day reported that special investigator Robert Mueller subpoenaed President Trump’s bank records from Deutsche Bank. Reuters used an anonymous source to report that the bank was fully cooperating with Mueller’s investigation:
“A U.S. federal investigator probing alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election asked Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE) for data on accounts held by President Donald Trump and his family, a person close to the matter said on Tuesday, but Trump’s lawyer denied any such subpoena had been issued.
“Deutsche Bank has lent the Trump Organization 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 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.
“Mueller is investigating alleged Russian attempts to influence the election, and potential collusion by Trump aides. Russia has denied U.S. intelligence agencies’ conclusion that it meddled in the election and Trump has said there was no collusion with Moscow.”
This would certainly be damning information. So naturally, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked about the report in her daily White House press briefing. Sanders wasted no time in declaring that the Reuters report is a complete fabrication:
“’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 daily press briefing.
“’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,’ she said.”
Unbelievable. Last week ABC News reported that Donald Trump ordered Michael Flynn to reach out to the Russians. That turned out to be false and reporter Brian Ross, who made the announcement, was suspended and ABC was forced to issue a retraction. And now we have even more fake news indicating that President Trump’s bank records are being examined by Robert Mueller.
And journalists wonder why Americans have lost all faith in their entire industry.