Two of Trumpís banks just got subpoenaed for records

Two of Trump's banks just got subpoenaed for records

By Greg Walters Mar 12, 2019

The New York Attorney General has sent subpoenas to a pair of banks seeking records about multiple Trump Organization projects, marking the latest real-world impact of Michael Cohenís blockbuster Congressional testimony, The New York Times reported late Monday.

One of the banks involved has long been Trumpís most important lender for years, a firm that maintained ties with Trump long after other major Wall Street firms labeled him a credit risk: Germanyís Deutsche Bank.

A person briefed on the subpoenas told the Times that Cohenís testimony to Congress in late February was the spur. The presidentís former fixer said the Trump Organization had misrepresented the size of Trumpís fortune in statements to financial firms, inflating the value of his assets in order to reduce his insurance premiums or obtain loans. Those actions could add up to crimes, depending on the details, legal experts have told VICE News.

The New York AG investigation is civil in nature, rather than criminal, the Times said, adding that the full scope of the probe is not yet clear.

The New York AGís office was taken over in January by Letitia James, who said shortly before taking office that she plans to ďuse every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business transactions and that of his family as well.Ē

Any criminal charges filed by New York State prosecutors could be especially dangerous for Trumpworld, because state charges canít be undone by presidential pardons, unlike federal charges.

The subpoenas to Deutsche and a smaller New Jersey-based bank, Investors Bank, seek details of several Trump projects, the Times said:

óThe Trump International Hotel in Washington
óThe Trump National Doral outside Miami
óThe Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago
óTrumpís failed 2014 attempt to purchase the Buffalo Bills football team
óTrump Park Avenue in New York

A spokesperson for Deutsche Bank declined to comment on the details of the Times story, but wrote in a terse emailed statement to VICE News: ďWe remain committed to cooperating with authorized investigations.Ē

The New York State Attorney Generalís office and Investors Bank didnít return requests for comment on Tuesday morning.