Mueller Investigating Whether Flynn Lobbied for Turkish Businessman

Trump stated he asked Mueller focus on the election not his finances

Investigators working for special counsel Robert Muller have asked the White House for documents on former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn as they examine whether he was secretly paid by the Turkish government to lobby against a critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. And while the special prosecutor's request for documents from the White House didn't come in the form of a formal subpoena, it's "first known instance" of Mueller requesting any records whatsoever from the Trump administration.

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. Investigators and prosecutors use grand juries to examine evidence, question witnesses and subpoena documents to determine if a crime has been committed.

Flynn was Trump's national security adviser for less than a month.

The Times quoted Ty Cobb, special counsel to Trump, as saying: 'We've said before we're collaborating with the special counsel on an ongoing basis'.




Investigators want to know if the Turkish government was behind those payments - and if the Flynn Intel Group made kickbacks to the businessman, Ekim Alptekin, for helping hide the source of the money.

Mueller has convened a grand jury in D.C. for the Russian Federation probe, a sign that the investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election and Moscow's ties to the Trump campaign is heating up. Separately, the Pentagon's inspector general is investigating foreign payments Flynn accepted, and the House oversight committee has been looking into the security clearance issued to Flynn in early 2016. Trump has warned that the inquiry should not go beyond the 2016 election as it would be outside Mueller's mandate.

Flynn's lawyers declined to comment to CNN Friday night.

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