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Five takeaways from CNN's story on Mueller's secret investigation

October 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

CNN revealed on Wednesday the existence of a years-long investigation into whether money flowing through an Egyptian state-owned bank could have backed a donation Donald Trump made to his own campaign in 2016.

Federal prosecutors closed the investigation into the Egyptian bank and Trump's campaign contribution without bringing any charges.

Court records and sources have made clear prosecutors had justification for their subpoena to the bank, and they initially had intelligence that led them to look into Egyptian bank records and pursue questions about Trump's $10 million campaign contribution.

Mueller's mandate allowed him to take on related criminal investigations, which in this case included another probe of potential foreign influence connected to the campaign.

Ultimately, this investigation raised major questions about other foreign powers' possible attempts to influence the Trump campaign in 2016, and the Trump campaign's connections with Egypt.

Now, it's clear that the case was about Egypt and one of its national banks, and that it captured a key dispute in a major investigation related to foreign influence in the 2016 Trump campaign.

The court records show it was one of prosecutors' most important pursuits -- and involved the only time during Mueller's two-year investigation that a case went to the Supreme Court, fleshing out legal arguments about international cooperation and trust along the way.

Neither Mueller's office nor subsequent prosecutors ever gained a complete understanding of the President's financial ties, nor did they find an illegal connection between his campaign and Egypt, Russia or other foreign officials.

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