On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dismissed reports of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team issuing a subpoena for President Donald Trump’s banking records.
Although initial reporting included an anonymous source, Sanders said the rumors are “completely false.”
Here’s what she said, per the Hill:
“We confirmed that the news reports [that] the special counsel had subpoenaed financial records related to the president are completely false,” Sanders said during the daily press briefing.
Sanders confirmed that a request was neither made from the White House nor the bank in question:
“No subpoena has been issued or received. We have confirmed this with the bank and other sources. I think this is another example of the media going too far and too fast and we don’t see it going in that direction,” she said.
The reports were discredited as an inaccurate attempt to stir controversy around the Trump investigation, Sanders said.
Sanders declined to say whether banks should comply with subpoenas for records if they receive them.
“I’m not going to get into hypothetical situations and try to determine everything that could happen,” she said. “We know it hasn’t happened up until this point and that the reports out were totally false and again the media got ahead of their skis a little bit pushing and driving that story that wasn’t true.”
One of Trump’s personal lawyers, Jay Sekulow, also discredited reports of a subpoena (per Reuters):
“We have confirmed that the news reports that the Special Counsel had subpoenaed financial records relating to the president are false,” Sekulow told Reuters in a statement. “No subpoena has been issued or received. We have confirmed this with the bank and other sources.”
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