Mueller's team asks for Flynn documents
- Author: Rogelio Becker Aug 06, 2017,
Aug 06, 2017, 0:39
Federal investigators are examining whether former national security adviser Michael Flynn was secretly paid by the Turkish government to lobby against a critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to a report from The New York Times. The document request was not a formal subpoena, the newspaper reported.
The New York Times, which first reported this development, said that though the documents were not sought through a subpoena, this was the first instance of records being sought from the White House.
Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in Washington for the overarching Russian Federation probe, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, a sign of the investigation entering a new phase. A grand jury in Virginia has been used to gather information on Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser.
Investigators also asked about Flynn's paid speaking engagements at Russian companies for which he received more than $65,000 in 2015, as well as some of his consulting firm's clients that included the Japanese government.
"We've said before we're collaborating with the special counsel on an ongoing basis", he told the newspaper."It's full cooperation mode as far as we are concerned", he said, according to the report.
Since Flynn's payment acceptance occurred during the 2016 presidential campaign, during which he advised Trump, both the grand jury and Mueller's probe are trying to discern whether or not it was illegal.
Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the U.S. presidential election and the Trump campaign appears to be making headway as he sends a request to the White House for documents on former security adviser Michael Flynn.
While Mueller steps up his investigation into allegations of Russian interference in 2016 USA presidential election, Trump again angrily denied that his campaign team colluded with the Kremlin.