Deutsche Bank: Privacy laws block Trump finance disclosures

Deutsche Bank: Privacy laws block Trump finance disclosures
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Deutsche Bank says that U.S. privacy laws prevent it from disclosing details about President TrumpDonald John TrumpNYT publisher: US didn't step in to protect reporter from arrest in Egypt so paper turned to Ireland Trump instructed administration to withhold military aid for Ukraine days before call with president: report More Democrats threaten impeachment over Trump's dealings with Ukraine MORE’s finances and his potential ties to Russia.

Five House Financial Services Committee Democrats sent Deutsche’s chief executive officer, John Cryan, a letter in May seeking information on Trump’s past transactions. The committee asked for details on whether Russia’s government backed loans for Trump’s real estate business.

Deutsche responded Thursday, nearly a week past the deadline in the letter to the bank, saying it couldn't share the information due to privacy rules.

“We hope that you will understand Deutsche Bank’s need to respect the boundaries that Congress and the courts have set in an effort to protect confidential information,” lawyers for the bank from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld wrote in the message, according to Reuters. 

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Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersBipartisan housing finance reform on the road less taken Manufacturing group leads coalition to urge Congress to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank Democrats' impeachment message leads to plenty of head-scratching MORE (D-Calif.), a member of the committee, confirmed through a staff member that the lender did not give “substantive responses" to the committee's requests.

The letter had asked that the bank provide information "necessary to access the scope, findings and conclusions of your internal reviews.”

“Congress remains in the dark on whether loans Deutsche Bank made to President Trump were guaranteed by the Russian government, or were in any way connected to Russia,” the Democrats’ letter said.

The Financial Services panel has the power to subpoena the documents, but that move requires support from its GOP members.

Republicans are the majority on the committee, and no Republican signed last month’s letter to Deutsche.