Deutsche Bank handing over Trump loan documents, says source

The financial district with the headquarters of Germany's largest business bank, Deutsche Bank, at early evening in Frankfurt January 29, 2019. — Reuters pic
The financial district with the headquarters of Germany's largest business bank, Deutsche Bank, at early evening in Frankfurt January 29, 2019. — Reuters pic

NEW YORK, April 25 — Deutsche Bank has begun to provide documents on financing for some of President Donald Trump's projects to New York State authorities, a source familiar with the matter told AFP yesterday.

In mid-March, New York Attorney General Letitia James subpoenaed the German bank, demanding records related to loans and lines of credit granted to the Trump Organisation.

The money was intended to finance projects such as Trump hotels in Washington, DC, Miami and Chicago, another source told AFP last month on the condition of anonymity.

It was unclear whether Deutsche Bank had provided all the documents requested.

“We remain committed to cooperating with authorised investigations,” a bank spokesman told AFP, while declining to comment on a CNN report that the company was handing over the documents.

James' office also declined to comment on the status of the documents regarding financing for the Trump Organisation, the holding company that has been run by Trump's sons Eric and Donald Trump Jr since he entered the White House.

New York authorities also wanted records related to the Trump Organisation's failed attempt in 2014 to buy the Buffalo Bills football team, the source said on condition of anonymity.

James demanded the information from Deutsche Bank after Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen testified before Congress, saying among other things that Trump wildly inflated his net worth in order to secure loans from Deutsche Bank.

Deutsche Bank was one of the few major banks to continue to lend to Trump following the bankruptcies of his casinos and other businesses in the 1990s. The German bank in recent years has loaned Trump more than US$300 million (RM1.24 billion).

That put the bank at the centre of investigations and congressional scrutiny.

When opposition Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in January, they sought information on interest rates granted to the Trump Organisation, as well as details on a huge Russian money laundering case that earned Deutsche Bank a US$630 million fine in January 2017. — AFP

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