Report: Deutsche Bank Employees Flagged Suspicious Activity in Accounts Linked to Trump and Jared Kushner

The reports never made it to federal authorities.

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Anti-money laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank reportedly found “suspicious activity” related to accounts controlled by President Donald Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, according to a New York Times story published on Sunday. 

As the Times reports: 

The transactions, some of which involved Mr. Trump’s now-defunct foundation, set off alerts in a computer system designed to detect illicit activity, according to five current and former bank employees. Compliance staff members who then reviewed the transactions prepared so-called suspicious activity reports that they believed should be sent to a unit of the Treasury Department that polices financial crimes.

But…the reports were never filed with the government.

The nature of the transactions was not clear. At least some of them involved money flowing back and forth with overseas entities or individuals, which bank employees considered suspicious.

“At no time was an investigator prevented from escalating activity identified as potentially suspicious,” Kerrie McHugh, a Deutsche Bank spokeswoman said. A spokeswoman from the Trump Organization said that it had “no knowledge of any ‘flagged’ transactions with Deutsche Bank,” and that it has no operating accounts with the bank. “Any allegations regarding Deutsche Bank’s relationship with Kushner Companies which involved money laundering is completely made up and totally false,” a spokeswoman for Kushner Companies told the Times.

Donald Trump has had a long history with Deutsche Bank, one of his largest foreign creditors, as Mother Jones has previously reported, while the bank itself has been mired in scandal and was the subject of an anti-money laundering raid last November. The House Intelligence and Financial Services committees has issued subpoenas for the president’s financial records from Deutsche Bank. But Trump and his family sued the bank in April to try and prevent it from handing over records.

Read the full Times story here

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