Lingering Secret From Mueller Probe Finally Revealed

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October 14, 2020 4:46 p.m.

Federal prosecutors spent years investigating whether money flowed through an Egyptian state bank into the coffers of Trump’s 2016 campaign for president, CNN reports.

The report solves the long-running mystery over a grand jury subpoena that special counsel Robert Mueller litigated up to the Supreme Court in 2019, revealing that it had to do with compelling records from an Egyptian state-owned bank.

In the final days of the 2016 campaign, President Trump gave a $10 million burst of self-funding to his campaign.

Prosecutors were scrutinizing whether Trump himself financed that self-funding, or whether the money actually flowed to Trump via a state-owned bank in Egypt.

Whether the Egyptian government was itself the source of the funds, or whether the bank was another cut-out, remains unclear from the article.

But CNN reports that the Egypt investigation predated Mueller, and continued for a significant period afterwards.

The network reports that after the end of the Mueller probe, prosecutors attempted to subpoena President Trump’s banking records to solve the mystery. But then-U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie Liu denied the request.

The probe reportedly remained open until current acting U.S. Attorney for D.C. Michael Sherwin began a review of the case this past summer, and ordered it closed.

Egypt has flown under the radar as a potentially conflicting foreign tie of President Trump’s. Some noted in 2017 that Egypt was among the Muslim-majority countries exempted from the President’s travel ban.

Read the CNN report here.

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