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US Democrats push probing Deutsche Bank Russia scandal

epa02560909 Russian man leaves a Deutsche Bank  office in downtown of Moscow, Russia, 02 February 2011. Media reports state that a Deutsche Bank office was searched after its management refused to produce documents, reportedly exposing Ashot Yegiazaryan's alleged complicity in fraud.  EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY


A handful of Democratic lawmakers have renewed their effort to get a powerful House Republican to investigate Deutsche Bank AG’s loans to President Donald Trump and the bank’s role in helping Russians move billions of dollars from Moscow to the West.
In a letter to Jeb Hensarling of Texas, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Representative Maxine Waters of California, the committee’s ranking Democrat, urged him to issue subpoenas to Deutsche Bank. She wants to force the German lender to disclose its internal review of the so-called “mirror-trading” scandal that has cost the bank more than $600 million in fines and penalties, and a separate review it conducted concerning Trump, who borrowed more than $300 million in real estate loans years before running for office.
This is Waters’s fourth attempt to investigate Deutsche Bank. She first urged Hensarling to start a probe in March. In the absence of a response, she then wrote to Deutsche Bank’s chief executive officer, John Cryan, in May, demanding documents and records connected to the Russian scandal and the president’s accounts. The bank declined, saying it could turn over sensitive records only in response to a congressional subpoena, issued by the head of a committee.
Last month, Waters used a parliamentary maneuver to force a response from Hensarling. Republicans voted down the motion.
Democrats’ Letter
“The fact remains that more than four months after we initially called on you to investigate Deutsche Bank’s Russian money-laundering scheme, we still do not know who participated or benefited, or whether the scheme was related to the broader money-laundering scheme known as ’The Global Laundromat,’” Waters wrote in
the letter, which was signed by her and four other
leading Democrats.

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