Donald Trump’s personal banker has abruptly resigned from her job weeks after prosecutors probing the president interviewed staff at her bank. Rosemary Vrablic stepped down from her role at Deutsche Bank’s wealth management division on Wednesday, with the 60 year-old saying she planned to retire.
But The New York Times reported that Vrablic’s departure was sudden, with her longtime colleague Dominic Scalzi also stepping down. Earlier this month, investigators from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office interviewed multiple Deutsche Bank employees as part of their ongoing probe into Trump’s finances.
It is unclear if Vrablic was among the employees questioned.
District Attorney Cyrus Vance is investigating whether Trump broke the law to obtain loans from the German bank. There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing on the part of the president, and he has denied all allegations of impropriety.
Deutsche Bank is also said to have opened its own investigation into the 2013 sale of a $1.5million Manhattan apartment bought by Vrablic and Scalzi. The property was sold to them by a company owned by President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Vrablic took on Trump as a client in 2011, and was given the green light to loan him more than $300 million to refurbish his Doral golf club in Florida, a Trump-branded skyscraper in Chicago and to turn a historic US Postal Service building in Washington DC into a luxury hotel.
Trump had previously been considered an undesirable client by mainstream banks because of his tendency to default on loans.
The former property developer and reality star’s finances were put under a microscope after he was inaugurated as president in January 2017.
Vrablic was a VIP guest at the ceremony, with Deutsche Bank’s ties to Trump now also being probed by the US Congress and civil investigators.
Speaking of her departure on Wednesday, Vrablic said: ‘I’ve chosen to resign my position with the bank effective December 31 and I am looking forward to my retirement.’
Political analysts say Trump is fearful of the increased legal scrutiny he is likely to face when he leaves office next month.
The president continues to assert that this year’s presidential election result was fraudulent, but all attempts to overturn the result have proved fruitless.
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