Deutsche Bank has tax re­turns for two Trumps

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Tributes Services Announceme­nts - BY RANDY PEN­NELL

Deutsche Bank told a fed­eral ap­peals court Fri­day that it had the tax re­turns of two mem­bers of the Trump fam­ily but did not dis­close their iden­ti­ties.

The Ger­man bank – long Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s pri­mary lender – is caught in a le­gal bat­tle be­tween Trump and con­gres­sional Democrats, who have is­sued sub­poe­nas for fi­nan­cial doc­u­ments con­nected to the pres­i­dent, his fam­ily and his busi­nesses.

Last month, ap­peals court judges asked Deutsche Bank and Cap­i­tal One Bank if they had copies of tax re­turns that would be cov­ered by the sub­poe­nas, which name Trump and his three old­est chil­dren – Don­ald Jr., Ivanka and Eric – as well as Trump’s com­pany.

Cap­i­tal One told the court that it did not have copies of any tax re­turns cov­ered by the sub­poena. Deutsche Bank said it did, but the names as­so­ci­ated with those re­turns were redacted from the pub­lic ver­sion of the let­ter.

News or­ga­ni­za­tions then asked the court to un­seal Deutsche Bank’s let­ter, and in lay­ing out its op­po­si­tion to that re­quest, the bank dis­closed that the tax re­turns be­longed to two in­di­vid­u­als.

“The bank has in its pos­ses­sion tax re­turns (in ei­ther draft or as-filed form) re­spon­sive to the sub­poe­nas for two in­di­vid­u­als, not en­ti­ties, named in the sub­poe­nas,” lawyers for Deutsche Bank told the U.S. Court of Ap­peals for the 2nd Cir­cuit in a fil­ing Fri­day. Lawyers for Trump also op­posed the re­quest.

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