Deutsche Bank May Have Destroyed Copies Of Trump’s Tax Returns And Wiped Servers
Deutsche Bank might have destroyed physical copies it held of President Donald Trump’s tax returns and cleansed its servers, according to a former bank executive — a process that lies outside normal protocol.
Though the German bank has claimed it will cooperate with “authorized investigations” in the U.S., it informed the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals that it no longer has records regarding Trump’s taxes to hand over to Congress.
Newsweek reported that David Enrich, finance editor at The New York Times, tweeted a screenshot of his text exchange with the former executive in which the individual expresses surprise that the bank would not have kept the records.
"Holy f**k," the executive wrote. "The circumstance could be that they returned any physical copies or destroyed any physical copies under an agreement with a client and cleansed their servers. Not normal though."
Congress is investigating the president after his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, said during congressional testimony earlier this year that “the president reduced his real estate bills by artificially devaluing his assets, committing tax fraud.”
Cohen, who is currently serving a prison sentence for fraud, campaign finance violations, and lying to Congress, also said that Trump inflated his assets to insurance companies — and that evidence would be found in his tax returns.
In a separate case, a federal judge ruled on Monday that Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars USA, must “hand his tax returns and other financial records over to investigators at the Manhattan District Attorney's office.”
The New York investigation centers on Trump’s role in hush-money payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election.