If there is a straw to grasp at when it comes to even the remotest possibility of pinning something, anything on President Trump, you can always count on California Rep. Maxine Waters to blow it entirely out of proportion, even if it’s been debunked.
Waters was true-to-form again during a Tuesday appearance on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes.
“Well, Deutsche Bank emerges as extremely important because they’re known to be a money-laundering bank,” Waters told Hayes. “They have been fined over $600 million between the U.K. and the United States for money laundering. They do not have the kind of operation in the bank that would keep up with what is going on and we can follow what is going on. But they have been known to basically get around the kind of controls that they should have.”
Wow, a large international bank that doesn’t “keep up with what is going on.” Those are serious charges, Maxine. So, if that’s the case, how are we supposed to “follow what is going on?”
“In addition to that, they’re the only bank really that will lend money to Donald Trump,” Waters continued. “Donald Trump has sued them. They have sued him back. But yet they continue to lend him large sums of money. Donald Trump owes them $300 million. $170 million of that for the Trump Hotel that they have to finance in Washington, D.C.”
Lending money to Donald Trump means a bank is corrupt. Got it.
Here’s the segment:
Of course, news that Deutsche Bank had actually been subpoenaed for Trump-related records turned out to be as untrue as the Trump Dossier, as Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow has pointed out:
“We have confirmed that the news reports that the Special Counsel had subpoenaed financial records relating to the president are false,” reads a statement from Sekulow to Reuters. “No subpoena has been issued or received. We have confirmed this with the bank and other sources.”
Waters did allude to Sekulow’s statement at the end of her comments, but she’s still sure corruption is there, because tax returns.
“I don’t know what all of this is about, where they have, you know, the lawyers saying that that is not true,” Waters said. “But I believe it’s going to come out, the truth is going to come out, and in the final analysis — because this president won’t show his tax returns.”
Coming from an expert on corruption, naturally…
From Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington:
In the midst of a national financial catastrophe, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) used her position as a senior member of Congress and member of the House Financial Services Committee to prevail upon Treasury officials to meet with OneUnited Bank. She never disclosed that her husband held stock in the bank. This outrageous conduct has led Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) to include the congresswoman as one of the Most Corrupt Members of Congress. Click here to read the full report on Rep. Waters.
“By contacting then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to request a meeting, allegedly for a group of minority-owned banks, but then arranging for only one bank – OneUnited, in which she had a financial interest – to attend, Rep. Waters violated House conflict of interest rules,” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan.
Don’t they say the guilty are the most likely to project their own crimes onto others?
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