Mueller's team asks for Flynn documents

Marsha Scott
August 6, 2017

Special counsel Robert Mueller investigating Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential elections has asked the White House for documents related to former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, according to the New York Times.

"Though not a formal subpoena, the document request is the first known instance of Mr. Mueller's team asking the White House to hand over records", said the Times, which cited unnamed people close to the investigation for the report.

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.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said in a letter to businessman Bijan Kian that he also wants Kian to produce documents relating to Flynn's travels and ties to foreign businesses.

Investigators asked the White House for documents related to Flynn's lobbying and questioned witnesses about whether he was paid by the Turkish government, the New York Times reported.

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

Investigators are examining the flow of money into and out of the Flynn Intel Group - a consulting firm Flynn founded after being forced out as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency - according to several potential witnesses who have been interviewed by prosecutors and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

Cummings' two-page letter provides new details about Flynn's possible legal vulnerability over his disclosures to the government after he was forced out of his post as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in August 2014.

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.

Flynn resigned from the Trump administration in February after reports surfaced he had misled senior White House officials about his past conversations with Kremlin officials.

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