Deutsche Bank says it didn't flag Kushner accounts as 'suspicious'

Deutsche Bank says it didn't flag Kushner accounts as 'suspicious'
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German bank Deutsche Bank is pushing back on a report that it flagged an account tied to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE’s son-in-law and aide Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerMueller investigating Russian payments made by Trump Tower meeting organizers: report The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh confirmation in sudden turmoil Manafort’s plea deal — the clear winners and losers MORE for “suspicious transactions.”

The bank said in a statement that the report was wrong and that it would take legal action against the reporting, according to Reuters.

“It is wrong to assert that Deutsche Bank supplied the German financial supervisory authority BaFin with a report stating that the real estate investor Jared Kushner or companies or persons associated with him may have channeled suspect funds via Deutsche Bank when executing their transactions,” the bank said. “We are taking legal action regarding this reporting.”

German business magazine Manager Magazin reported last week that Deutsche Bank officials had notified bank regulators of suspicious transactions linked to the Kushner family real estate company accounts.

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In December, The New York Times reported that the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Eastern District of New York had subpoenaed the bank for Kushner’s records, though it is unclear if it is related to the probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election.

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE has reportedly subpoenaed the bank for Trump’s records.

Kushner Companies spokesperson Chris Taylor said in a statement that the company has “done nothing wrong” in its relationship with the bank, and that the company has not been contacted by  Mueller’s office.

“There is no money laundering. There is no Russian connection. There are no improper loans. There are no misrepresentations,” Taylor said. “Everything has been handled in a normal, professional and commercial manner. … Any story claiming that we have done anything wrong in our dealings with Deutsche Bank is made-up and completely baseless. Importantly, not one news agency even called us before running these crazy allegations.”