UPDATE: This story appears not to be true! Just issued by Lawrence O’Donnell:
Looks like those of you in the comments section who voiced healthy skepticism about this story were right! I shouldn’t have given it as much credit as I did. My apologies for doing so. I do, however, have concerns about Trump’s relationship with Deutsche Bank and the Russian money laundering that has allegedly gone on there. I hope those concerns are misplaced.
My original story:
Uh, I have no idea if this happened. But don’t discount it.
Deutsche Bank is notorious for its Russian connections. Which begs the question of why Donald Trump was using it for years and at times he desperately needed cash.
Even Trump allies have expressed concerns about this relationship.
According to the Washington Examiner:
MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell says he has a source who told him Russian oligarchs signed off loans given to President Trump by Deutsche Bank.
Lawyers for the German lender told a federal appeals court Tuesday that the bank has documents sought by Democrat-led House committees, which subpoenaed Deutsche Bank and Capital One for financial records related to Trump, his family, and businesses, but declined to reveal if they have Trump’s tax returns.
While the New York Times reports that Deutsche Bank, which has done business with Trump for two decades, does have some of Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns, O’Donnell told colleague Rachel Maddow in the hand-off between their shows Tuesday evening he can go a bit further.
“This single source close to Deutsche Bank has told me that the Trump — Donald Trump’s loan documents there show that he has co-signers. That’s how he was able to obtain those loans. And that the co-signers are Russian oligarchs,” he said.
A shocked Maddow replied, “What? Really?”
“That would explain, it seems to me, every kind word Donald Trump has ever said about Russia and Vladimir Putin, if true, and I stress the ‘if true’ part of this,” O’Donnell added.