The New York Times broke a story on Sunday when revealed employees at Deutsche Bank were recruited specifically for their money laundering expertise.
Bank staff recommended that they contact federal investigators for any criminal activity in the accounts of President Donald Trump and his senior aide and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
"The transactions, some of which involved Mr. Trump's now-awakened foundation, unregistered computer system warnings designed to detect illegal activity according to five current and former bank employees," Times reported . "Members of the correspondence who then reviewed the transactions prepared so-called suspicious activity reports that they believed should be sent to a department of the Treasury Department that policies financial crimes."
The bank rejected the recommendation, and it seems that it may now spark another study, according to Trump cinema David Cay Johnston.
"We know for a fact that Donald Trump has previously been involved in money laundering, fined it," Johnston said. "We know that Deutsche Bank is fined over $ 600 million just for money laundering for Russian oligarchs and is nondenial denial. The Trump Organization said we never heard of this. Why would you? It was locked up in the bank. The bank said That we didn't stop anyone. The story makes it clear. "
He noted that former Deutsche Bank employee Tammy McFadden pushed it up in the command chain, but then his career began to go badly.
"So far Times has a pregnant line in it. It says there are other" politically connected people "who were also swept up," says Johnston. "Obviously, David Enrich, a very good reporter at New York Times has seen these documents and other people whose money laundering suspicion of money laundering also appeared to be beaten by the private banking people unit by Deutsche Bank in New York This is a really serious problem for Donald Trump. "
Daily Beast reporter Betsy Woodruff also noted that this was quite a shock to those who looked closely at the Russia survey. Most commentators found it strange that special counselor Robert Mueller did not know about this. She said they "expected Mueller to try to pull threads as to whether Trump had engaged in financial transactions or developed business relationships that could affect the way he thought of US foreign policy towards Russia."
That's one of the reasons why Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Maxine Waters (D-CA) plan to focus on that part of the study to draw "additional threads," she explained.
"What this story suggests and shows that there is more to the story of Trump's relationship with Deutsche Bank than we already know, even given all the studies already done," Woodruff said.