Mueller Team Asks White House for Documents on Flynn

Senators move to protect special counsel in Russia probe

The investigators of special prosecutor Robert Mueller - probing US President Donald Trump's team for possible connections to Russian Federation - are reported to be looking into former national security adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with the Turkish government during the final stages of the 2016 presidential campaign, and whether he secretly accepted payments from it.

The newspaper said the investigators had questioned witnesses about whether Flynn was secretly paid by the Turkish government during the campaign.

Flynn's former lobbying firm, the Flynn Intel Group, was paid $530,000 to represent Ekim Alptekin, a Turkish businessman, during the final months of the United States presidential campaign, according to foreign agent registration paperwork filed with the Justice Department.

But Mueller is reportedly looking into business dealings of Trump and his associates and whether Trump obstructed justice by firing former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

Investigators have also begun questioning witnesses about possible secret payments Flynn received from the Turkish government during the final months of the 2016 campaign, according to the Times.




Ty Cobb, special counsel to Trump, said, "We've said before we're collaborating with the special counsel on an ongoing basis".

The document request is one more sign Mueller's team is expanding its investigation beyond Russian Federation to the business dealings of Trump and his team.

After Flynn's dismissal, US President Donald Trump tried to get James B. Comey, the FBI director, to drop the investigation, Comey said.

The Pentagon launched an investigation that will scrutinise Mr Flynn's financial arrangements to determine whether he has failed to disclose payments from Russian and Turkish lobbyists. Trump has warned that the inquiry should not go beyond the 2016 election as it would be outside Mueller's mandate.

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